My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) 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… My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) 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… 2011-11-21 Mary J. Blige R&B Geffen
Music Review

My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011)

NOBLESSE O' BLIGE Dud duets and repetitive lyrics drag down Blige's rafter-reaching, heart shaking belt-ability
NOBLESSE O' BLIGE Dud duets and repetitive lyrics drag down Blige's rafter-reaching, heart shaking belt-ability
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 21, 2011; Lead Performance: Mary J. Blige; Genre: R&B; Production: Geffen

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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Originally posted Nov 23, 2011 Published in issue #1183 Dec 02, 2011 Order article reprints