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Album Review

Mary J. Blige, ‘My Life II . . . The Journey Continues (Act 1)’

November 22, 2011

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The overworked title of the 40-year-old diva’s 10th studio album portends a mushy midlife crisis that thankfully never comes. Back in 1994, Blige’s second studio album, ”My Life,” moved Sean ”Puffy” Combs’s newly anointed ”queen of hip-hop soul” toward the straight R&B that would become her mainstay. But now, on a spoken ”Intro,” Blige gets Puffy’s blessing to make this ”sequel” without him, and she admits she’s in a different place anyway.

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