Various Artists

World's Greatest Tribute to Mary J. Blige

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One of the many tribute albums cranked out by the Red Eye label, The World's Greatest Tribute to Mary J. Blige includes covers -- performed by the so-called Soul-Shine Sistas, who don't receive any individual credits -- that range from Blige's debut through late 2005's The Breakthrough. None of these performances are particularly awful, but it doesn't take more than a few seconds to determine that they're all extremely inferior compared to the originals. By no means should this be considered a substitute for any of Blige's albums. In fact, die-hard fans who pick up all things Blige-related will have next to no need for it. The whole thing's suspect, from the packaging to the song selections to the recording itself.

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