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

What's the 411? (1992) The debut that instantly crowned her the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.

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.

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