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Music Review: Mary J. Blige - Strength of a Woman

Music Review: Mary J. Blige - Strength of a Woman
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has always mined personal issues for her best work. This is the r&b diva known for such deeply confessional numbers as “Not Gon’ Cry” and “No More Drama.” For her 13 th studio album, Blige had the biggest real-life drama to draw from: divorce from her longtime manager-husband Martin “Kendu” Isaacs. She doesn’t pull her punches, attacking him for his infidelity in the scathing “Set Me Free.” “How could you believe I wouldn’t fight back,” she tells him on “Telling the Truth,” a club number produced by Canada’s Kaytranada. But most of the album is more positive, with warm numbers like “Indestructible” and “Survivor.” “I’ve been broken for a long time,” she sings on...
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Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions

The Grammy-winning Queen of Hip-Hop Soul ventures to England for inspired collaborations with Britain’s rising young hitmakers. The transatlantic project pays big dividends, especially on “Therapy” featuring the gospel-blues vocals of Sam Smith, “Whole Damn Year” with pop songstress Emeli Sandé and “Right Now” with dance duo Disclosure. Highly therapeutic.
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