Blige solid on 'Think Like a Man' album

Blige solid on Think Like a Man album

Harvey would certainly approve Blige’s message on the anthemic Power Back.

By (melanie Sims, Ap)

Published: Sat 21 Jun 2014, 10:18 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 6:32 PM

Sequels Rarely outshine the originals they follow, so perhaps that’s why the team behind the Think Like a Man soundtrack decided to do something different with the music for the romantic comedy’s second installment.

Execs ditched the “various artists” formula — though last time it yielded a Grammy-nominated hit with John Legend’s Tonight (Best You Ever Had) — and instead put all their faith in a singular artist: Mary J. Blige. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul easily proves herself more than capable of exercising a vocal and emotional range to capture all the ups, downs and misfires one might expect from a movie inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling relationship guide book.

Harvey would certainly approve Blige’s message on the anthemic Power Back. “The more you do that BS, the more I keep it real,” she sings of dealing with a wishy-washy lover. “If it’s one thing men respect, it’s when we don’t react.”

Self-assured Blige is serious about commitment, and she says as much on the ominous, head nod-inducing All Fun and Games, produced by The-Dream. But for all Blige’s tough talking, she has a soft side, too.

She finds chemistry in the club on the delicious horn and drum-laced See That Boy Again, produced by Pharrell. On the growling I Want You, she’s all torn up inside when she spots her ex-guy with a new woman. And she’s aching to be loved “like I’m you, like I’m you, babe,” on Self Love, a beautifully grand track, which is easily the soundtrack’s most riveting offering.

As a whole, the Think Like a Man Too compilation reveals that while women and men might be closer to figuring each other out, we can never outsmart love. (Melanie Sims, AP)

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