Adam Markovitz
November 25, 2011 AT 05:00 AM EST

My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Mary J. Blige
music label
81270

We gave it a B-

Spend an evening listening to Blige’s slow-burn 1994 opus My Life followed by this smooth sequel, My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1), and the only thing you’ll have to break your groove for is a bubble bath. Blige can still rip your heart out with a note (see the hurts-so-good ”Why”). But the lovelorn lyrics get same-y, and ”modern” touches (like snoozy duets with Drake and Beyoncé) show a Blige who doesn’t care much about the here and now — or maybe she’s just saving that for Act 2. B-

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