Picks and Pans Review: The Essential Mary J. Blige
updated 12/24/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/24/2007 AT 01:00 AM EST
My Life (1994) Her masterpiece, hands down.
Mary (1999) Blige furthers her move away from hip-hop toward classic soul. Even pairs with Aretha.
The Breakthrough (2005) Grammy gold.