Mary J. Blige Mary

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  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: MCA

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 9/2/99, p.110
4 stars (out of 5) - "...superstar-packed.... Mary is moving away from the...sound of her earlier albums into a sound that's...more soulful, singing over a large live band or alongside Eric Clapton's guitar or Elton's piano. But she remains the queen of hip-hop soul..."
Rolling Stone - 9/2/99, p.110
4 stars (out of 5) - "...superstar-packed.... Mary is moving away from the...sound of her earlier albums into a sound that's...more soulful, singing over a large live band or alongside Eric Clapton's guitar or Elton's piano. But she remains the queen of hip-hop soul..."
Spin - 10/99, p.164
9 out of 10 - "...Emotionally gripping and stylistically diverse, this album should allow Blige to transcend the limited and somewhat apologetic 'Queen of Hip-Hop Soul' label..."
Spin - 10/99, p.164
9 out of 10 - "...Emotionally gripping and stylistically diverse, this album should allow Blige to transcend the limited and somewhat apologetic 'Queen of Hip-Hop Soul' label..."
Entertainment Weekly - 8/20-27/99, pp.123-4
"...Does what Mary J. Blige does best - making a heart-to-heart connection with her female fans by channelling the everyday insults and injuries of the love wars into passionate vocal art." - Rating: B+
Entertainment Weekly - 8/20-27/99, pp.123-4
"...Does what Mary J. Blige does best - making a heart-to-heart connection with her female fans by channelling the everyday insults and injuries of the love wars into passionate vocal art." - Rating: B+s
Q - 1/00, p.83
Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1999."
Q - 9/99, p.101
4 stars (out of 5) - "...Whether freestyling over skipping, Timbaland-influenced beats on 'Beautiful One' or the straightforward swing of 'Your Child', Blige can turn from sassy to agonized to vulnerable in the space of a single phrase....The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul remains classy and invincible."
Q - 9/99, p.101
4 stars (out of 5) - "...Whether freestyling over skipping, Timbaland-influenced beats on 'Beautiful One' or the straightforward swing of 'Your Child', Blige can turn from sassy to agonized to vulnerable in the space of a single phrase....The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul remains classy and invincible."
The Source - 10/99, p.240
"...when you take Mary's pure emotion...and place it over its rightful medium, something incredible is bound to happen....she dares to break the hip-hop soul template she helped create, and do something different. Something our loop-weary souls need."
The Source - 10/99, p.240
"...when you take Mary's pure emotion...and place it over its rightful medium, something incredible is bound to happen....she dares to break the hip-hop soul template she helped create, and do something different. Something our loop-weary souls need."
Rap Pages - 10/99, pp.144-5
"...It's sweet. It's consistent. It's personable. It's mature....A field trip of energy relative to all. And of course, each track is blessed with the influence of Hip-Hop soul, jazz and blues. Hail Mary!" - Rating: B
Rap Pages - 10/99, pp.144-5
"...It's sweet. It's consistent. It's personable. It's mature....A field trip of energy relative to all. And of course, each track is blessed with the influence of Hip-Hop soul, jazz and blues. Hail Mary!" - Rating: B

Tracks:

  • Buy for $1.291.All That I Can Say - (featuring Lauryn Hill)
  • Buy for $1.292.Sexy - (featuring Jadakiss)
  • Buy for $1.293.Deep Inside - (featuring Elton John)
  • Buy for $0.994.Beautiful Ones
  • Buy for $0.995.I'm in Love
  • Buy for $0.996.Time
  • Buy for $0.997.Memories
  • Buy for $0.998.Don't Waste Your Time
  • Buy for $0.999.Not Lookin'
  • Buy for $1.2910.Your Child
  • Buy for $0.9911.No Happy Holidays
  • Buy for $0.9912.The Love I Never Had
  • Buy for $1.2913.Give Me You - (featuring Eric Clapton)
  • Buy for $0.9914.Let No Man Put Asunder

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, K-Ci Hailey (vocals); Soulshock, Karlin, Kiyamma Griffin, Kevin Deane, Chucky Thompson, Rich Harrison, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (various instruments); Babyface (acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming); Eric Clapton, Jeff Mironov, Eli Lishinski, Soong Lee, Mike Scott, Paul Pesco, Mark Bowers (guitar); Dave Boruff (saxophone); Manuel Seal (piano, electric piano); Elton John (piano); Gen Rubin (Wurlitzer piano); Bryant Crockett (keyboards, programming); Rex Rideout, Don Kipping, Loris Holland (keyboards); Tom Barney, Nathan East, Eric Lorde, Paul Johnson, Chuck Domonico (bass); Chris "Daddy" Dave (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Cindy Mizell, Paulette McWilliams (background vocals).
Producers include: Lauryn Hill, Kevin Deane, Rich Harrison, Mary J. Blige, Babyface.
Engineers include: Carl Robinson, Manny Marroquin, Paul Boutin.
MARY was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "All That I Can Say" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. "Don't Waste Your Time" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
This edition of MARY includes a bonus enhanced audio CD which contains one unreleased song and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, K-Ci Hailey (vocals); Nas, DMX (rap vocals); Soulshock, Karlin, Kiyamma Griffin, Kevin Deane, Chucky Thompson, Rich Harrison, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (various instruments); Babyface (acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming); Eric Clapton, Jeff Mironov, Eli Lishinski, Soong Lee, Mike Scott, Paul Pesco, Mark Bowers (guitar); Dave Boruff (saxophone); Manuel Seal (piano, electric piano); Elton John (piano); Gen Rubin (Wurlitzer piano); Bryant Crockett (keyboards, programming); Rex Rideout, Don Kipping, Loris Holland (keyboards); Tom Barney, Nathan East, Eric Lorde, Paul Johnson, Chuck Domonico (bass); Chris "Daddy" Dave (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Cindy Mizell, Paulette McWilliams (background vocals).
Producers include: Lauryn Hill, Kevin Deane, Rich Harrison, Mary J. Blige, Babyface.
Engineers include: Carl Robinson, Manny Marroquin, Paul Boutin.
Personnel: Mary J. Blige (vocals, background vocals); Dustin Adams, Terri Robinson (vocals, background vocals); Jadakiss (vocals); Soong Lee, Eric Clapton, Ell Lishinski, Jeff Mironov, Mike Scott , Paul Pesco (guitar); Babyface (acoustic guitar, keyboards, drum programming); Mark Bowers (electric guitar); Anatoly Rosinsky, Alan Grunfeld, Ronald Folsom, Bob Sanov, Joel Derouin, Bruce Dukov, Kathleen Lenski , Roger Wilkie, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Berj Garabedian, Endre Granat (violin); David Low (viola, cello); Brian Dembow, Simon Oswell, Evan Wilson (viola); Larry Corbett, Dane Little (cello); Al Schmidt (recorder); Rev. Dave Boruff (saxophone); Gary Grant, Dave Trigg (trumpet, flugelhorn); Slyde Hyde, Bruce Otto (trombone); Manuel Seal, Jr. (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Elton John (piano); Gen Rubin (organ, Wurlitzer organ); Moise Laporte (keyboards, programming); Loris Holland, Rex Rideout (keyboards); Malik Pendleton (synthesizer); Big Mike Clemons, Michael Clemons, Chris "Daddy" Dave (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Kobie Brown, Gerald Isaac (programming); Che Pope (drum programming); Cindy Mizelle, Elisabeth Withers, Tara Geter-Tillman, Karlin, Lauryn Hill, Paulette McWilliams, Sharon Bryant, Audrey Wheeler (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Commissioner Gordon; Edwin "Eddie Ed" Ramos; E'lyk; Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander ; Jamie Siegel; Yuri Zwadluk; Ben Garrison ; Jon Gass; Larry Alexander ; Malik Pendleton; Angela Piva; Soulshock; Steve Hodge; Warren Riker.
Recording information: Chung King Studios, NY; Electric Lady Studio, NY; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Quad Recording Studios, New Yor; Right Track Recording; Studio 22, New York, NY; Westlake Studios, Lo.
Photographer: Albert Watson .
Arrangers: Ike Lee III; Jim Wright; Jimmy Jam; Karlin; Lauryn Hill; Paul Riser; Soulshock; Terry Lewis; Gerald Isaac.
The queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige, returned with her third album, MARY, at a time when R&B was experiencing a surge in popularity. Blige collaborates with numerous producers and songwriters like Lauryn Hill ("All That I Can Say"), Babyface ("Don't Waste Your Time," which also features vocals from Aretha Franklin and Soulshack), and Karlin ("Time") to bring a more expansive sonic recipe to her music.
MARY is a dynamic, intricately arranged album that gives the singer a softer, more melodic sound than her tougher hip-hop sound of the early '90s. "Beautiful Ones" (produced by Chucky Thompson), "Not Lookin'" (a duet with K-Ci Hailey), and "The Love I Never Had" (produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) are standout tracks.

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