So we finally reached the end of the year. This is the last release date before Christmas. Christmas actually falls on a tuesday new release day this year. But since most music store are closed on Christmas there will not be anything coming out. The new Mary J. Blige album was originally scheduled to come out weeks ago. But it got pushed back until today. Today is the day for the world to hear the new Mary J. Blige. I have been going a bit crazy myself just waiting for it. I have really liked her for a long time since she first gave us her first album back in 1992. Ever since I heard "Real Love" for the first time, I have been under her spell. She is now releasing her eighth studio album titled "Growing Pains." It has been a couple of years since I really liked one of her albums. I became absolutely obsessed with "No More Drama" back in 2001. I really could not get enough of "Family Affair" and "No More Drama." The album seemed to be out forever and it sort of was. It got rereleased and repackaged in 2002 and it for sure became the album of 2002. I still have to play the song "No More Drama" anytime I find it on a jukebox. I had lost a little interest with her next album. She released "Love & Life" in 2003. But she was back again with a great album in 2005. "The Breakthrough" featured the great single "Be Without You." I may have not listened to it as much as "No More Drama" but it was still a great album.
The new album looks like it is going to be just as good as the last one. But more close to the level of "No More Drama." The first single off of "Growing Pains" is perfect. The song is "Just Fine" and I can't stop listening to it. The video is amazing. She changes her outfit about 20 times and looks amazing as she is reflected in mirrors and ends up singing duets with herself. I am sure the album will end up being one of the best of the year. Mary J. Blige is just one of those performers that somehow got under my skin. I just can't help loving her and her music over the years. She just makes me happy and I can't really explain it. But anybody who likes her understands what I am talking about. You just want to listen to Mary J. Blige because you know she is going to make you happy. This album is bound to do that again and remain a part of my memories for the rest of my life.
Here is a little video journey through the last 15 years of Mary J. Blige and my journey with her. She has many amazing songs and I have little memories attached to most of them. Her first album came out right after I graduated from high school. "Share My World" came out during my first year in San Francisco. "No More Drama" came out right after I moved back to San Francisco from Los Angeles. And now "Growing Pains" is coming out right before I am about to move back to Los Angeles...again. I can barely believe it myself. But I will be moving back to Hollywood sometime next month.
"Real Love" 1992
"Be Happy" 1994
"I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By" 1995
"I Can Love You" 1997
"No More Drama" 2001
"Be Without You" 2005
"Just Fine" 2007
also out today...
"Alone-The Home Recordings" by Rivers Cuomo
"Sweeney Todd" Soundtrack
"There Will Be Blood" Soundtrack
"Blade Runner Special Edition" DVD
"The Simpsons Movie" DVD
"Rob Zombie's Halloween" DVD