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.[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/mary-j-blige-break-up-to-make-up.mp3" text="Mary J. Blige - Break Up To Make Up" dl="0"]
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?