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Dance for Me

Mary J. Blige

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Album Review

Yes, Dance for Me is another remix album from a hip-hop/urban artist, following hot on the heels of high-profile remix releases from P. Diddy and others. But unlike any other mainstream artist, Mary J. Blige has the range and energy of the best disco divas, plus the exquisite taste of any dance scenester — both of which combine to make Dance for Me one of the best, most innovative remix albums of recent vintage. Included are remixes from producers like Junior Vasquez, Hex Hector, and Barry Harris (from Thunderpuss), who've done dozens of remixes for artists like Blige in the past, and easily display a flair for giving her songs the natural settings they deserve. "No More Drama," the title track from her full-length of 2001, particularly shines after getting treated by Thunderpuss. Tweaked out to nearly ten minutes with no sign of stretch-marks, the song becomes a multi-part epic in the hands of Blige, freestyling like the best dance vocalists of any era, from Loleatta Holloway to La India. "Family Affair," the Dr. Dre production (originally) with the lyric that spawned this album's title, boasts a chunky, classic-disco rework from Spanish Fly, while Vasquez and Hector give their inclusions the high-energy synthetics of hard house. Al B. Rich offers some variety (and a nod to dance taste-makers) with a 2-step groove for "Never Been," and the last track — Blige's 1999 cover of the seminal disco anthem "Let No Man Put Asunder" by First Choice — ends it on a high note, proving to anyone who's curious that, no matter who invented the remix, Mary J. Blige is her generation's most artistic diva.

Customer Reviews

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I agree with all the other reviewers, I love this album. Having Mary's voice set to house production is a dream come true, especially with all the varied treatments included in this remix package. The thing about this album that really bothers me though isn't what's contained on it, but rather the resistance the label met from Blige when they wanted to release it. Notice how Mary's photo isn't on the cover? Mary refused to have any part of this album, she's never been big on "dance" remixes of her music and she did everything possible to block this album from being released. The label won in the end and was released, but Mary's stipulation was that her photo could not be used on the cover as she wanted nothing to do with it. I was more than just a little offended by that tidbit of information. I still like her, but every time I buy something by her, there's a little taste of bitterness in the back of mouth.

Tired of all this drama!

Tired of all this drama... Tired of all this drama... No more pain, no more pain... The Thunderpuss Remix of No More Drama is absolutely astounding. Don't let the horrible sample show you. Trust me. Any dance fan will want this. It gets a great beat for about two minutes, slows it down, speeds it up a little, then speeds it up to a fast-paced, awesome club anthem. BUY NO MORE DRAMA NOW!!!!

REMIX

I would love to review this album however itunes does not supply us with a good sample. The whole thing is mostly house & techno beats. Because the preview window is so short it does allow the listener to hear Mary's voice. This does sound like it's a good album esspecially to listen to while working out. Just stinks you have to buy before you can decide if you really like it.

Biography

Born: January 11, 1971 in New York, NY [The Bronx]

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

When her debut album, What's the 411?, hit the street in 1992, critics and fans alike were floored by its powerful combination of modern R&B with an edgy rap sound that glanced off of the pain and grit of Mary J. Blige's Yonkers, New York childhood. Called alternately the new Chaka Khan or new Aretha Franklin, Blige had little in common stylistically with either of those artists, but like them, she helped adorn soul music with new textures and flavors that inspired a whole generation of musicians....
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