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#276: My Life by Mary J. Blige

1.30.2012


My Life by Mary J. Blige (1994)

Favorite Track(s): "I'm Goin' Down"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) The other day one of my co-workers was acting exasperated, and when I asked her what was wrong she said, "Drama, drama, drama." So I said, "You need to be Mary J. Blige, and say, 'no more drama.'" And she said, "Who's Mary J. Blige?" and then I became exasperated too.

Personally, this is my first intentional listen to Mary. I've only ever heard her songs on the radio and seen some of her videos. She once was in a phone commercial and she was wearing this really great sweater. That's about all I've got on Mary J. Blige. To the album!

(Post-Listening) Hmm. I liked it well enough, it's good, quality R&B. Her voice was great, the production sound, the music pleasant. But I'm afraid #276 feels way too generous. I expected the album to more adventurous or surprising or gritty or heart-wrenching. Or maybe it was and that just didn't come across to me? Personally, I think Miseducation of Lauryn Hill should be here instead (if not in the top 100). I found this album very under-whelming.

Is This Better Than Help!?: No. This needed to be much closer to 500.

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