Jeff Molnar

Weekdays 10AM-2PM


April 22, 1997
Rhythm & Blues, Contemporary R&B

Album Review

The hype that surrounded Mary J. Blige in the beginning was simply ridiculous. When What's the 411? was released in 1992, she was exalted as "the new Chaka Khan"-- a definite exaggeration, considering how uneven that debut album was. But Blige did show promise, and by the time she recorded her third album, Share My World, she had developed into a fairly convincing soul/urban singer. Her strongest and most confident effort up to that point, Share had much more character, personality, and honesty than most of the assembly line fare dominating urban radio in 1997. For all their slickness, emotive cuts like "Get to Know You Better," "Love Is All We Need," and "Keep Your Head" left no doubt that Blige was indeed a singer of depth and substance. Although high tech, the production of everyone from R. Kelly (with whom she duets on the inviting "It's On") and Babyface to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis doesn't come across as forced or robotic, but, in fact, is impressively organic. With Share My World, Blige definitely arrived.
Alex Henderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Intro
  2. I Can Love You
  3. Love Is All We Need
  4. Round and Round
  5. Share My World (Interlude)
  6. Share My World
  7. Seven Days
  8. It's On
  9. Thank You Lord (Interlude)
  10. Missing You
  11. Everything
  12. Keep Your Head
  13. Can't Get You off My Mind
  14. Get to Know You Better
  15. Searching
  16. Our Love
  17. Not Goin' Cry
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