Sunday, April 30, 2017

[ALBUM REVIEW] Mary J. Blige's "Strength of A Woman"

     Strength of A Woman, the thirteenth studio album by the legendary Mary J. Blige is out now and she doesn't disappoint. After twenty-five years in the game you would think that she would lose her touch but this is not the case. With her personal life in shambles she used that pain to take us on a journey with the help of the monstrous pen of Jazmine Sullivan.

     The songwriting is strong but the production in some places isn't up to par. Still, she delivers pain like no one else can. Weaving in and out of songs with her soulful voice effortlessly. A strength of the album is how concise and how much each song flowed into the next.

     Her soon to be ex husband and his infidelities are highlighted throughout the album. Mary dragged that man like he deserved. However, she didn't stay in that place. Midway through the album it shifts to more empowering songs about overcoming and recognizing your strength. 

Standout tracks: "Thick Of It", "Set Me Free", "Glow Up" (summertime anthem), "U+Me" and "Indestructible".

My Grade: B+

Reviewed by Tavance Cary

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