Mary J. Blige Tries To Get Down With “Break Up To Make Up”

When we first spotted a previously unreleased Mary J. Blige track this weekend, our heart skipped a beat: we figured we were a click away from hearing those signature raspy, soul-drenched pipes on the new jam, “Break Up To Make Up”. We even had our tissue box ready. But we didn’t expect yawning, which is what results from this filler track. Does she need to log some more time in the lab? Hear it below.

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Everything on “Breakup To Makeup” screams lackluster — from the cheesy lyrics to Blige’s phoned-in vocals, this is a B-Side you’d skip on a Danity Kane album. (Remember them? Point made). We’re going to chalk this one up to studio experimentation, and in Mary’s defense, it’s likely unfinished. In fact, we believe this is the track Swizz Beatz just cranked out for Mary last week. Sidenote: does anyone else hear what sounds like a sample of the tapping keyboard note from “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”?

You have to hope Swizz will pull together some stronger material for Mary as her recording sessions continue. Dare we say Mary might want to take a cue from Fantasia’s terrific recent material? Or even from her melodically inclined collaborator Jay Sean? Or is that going too far?

  • Marilyn

    Wow…the author/ and editor-in-chief needs to be fired for posting this irrelevent and useless article. ALL music fans know “finished” songs may inlude up to 10 layers of arrangement, this song clearly has only one. How dare u accuse an artist of Mary’s caliber of releasing something so elementary. The mere mentioning of this as a single, only makes u sond like a bitter, disgruntled, underpaid, attention-whore. Sad.

  • marc

    10 layers of arrangement? so, what about the awful lyrics and boring chorus? when a song sucks, it sucks.

  • Ray

    I like the song. The bad comment about this song is wrong.

  • Marilyn

    Obviously someone needs some songwriting 101. When a song is “unfinished” many lyricals are demo, which means they could be plugged just for syllable satisfaction. The bottom line: we’re reviewing an unreleased, unfinished, and possibly illegal, musical composition. Get a clue!

  • Marilyn

    …no better yet, get a REAL job!