Mary J Blige | The London Sessions

For over 20 years I’ve had a love for Mary J Blige, with her being from the YO and me not too far away in the Bronx. I can always relate to her struggles and its amazing to see her triumph. Dropping her second album of the year, (I’ll remind you, this summer she also released the Think Like a Man Too soundtrack), Mary showcases her evolution in the game and enlisted some of the top British producers to create The London Sessions.

The first track “Therapy” sets the mood for the album having a distinct sound showing us this is not our typical MJB. Her soulful voice fits comfortably over the acoustic feel of the music. When I’m having a bad day or just need to zone out in my work I definitely use music as my therapy.

On the next track “Doubt”, Mary sings “I’d do it all again, Cause I’ve made it to the top, I can’t keep doubting myself anymore”. I absolutely love the sound of the choir’s vocals and I can so see this being an anthem. This song may have touched me the most because the direction I’ve been taking lately with my blogging/vlogging is very time consuming, and sometimes you think is it worth it? This songs inspires me not to give up especially since it’s something I actually love to do. I’m truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to review this album.

“Whole Damn Year” takes us to the Mary that we know as she takes us through a year pf the seasons singin “It took a whole damn year to repair my body, Gon take a long long year for me to touch somebody, it’s been a bad five years”, You know once you’re hurt it takes a while for trust to be rebuilt and this song to me is like a part 2 of her classic “Seven Days”.  She also has the uptempo house music feel from the UK with tracks like “My Loving” and another one of my favorites “Nobody But You”. This is that feel good music that makes you want to dance and do your Jersey Shore fist pump.

With the help of the album’s executive producer Rodney Jerkins, (known for hits from Michael Jackson, Brandy, Whitney Houston and Destiny’s Child) Mary J Blige gives us that raw sanging Mary. In her latest Billboard feature she mentions how Elton John convinced her to step out of the recording booth and record with a live band. You can definitely hear the difference and feel more connected with Mary. The twelve track album is available next week, December 2nd and features production the UK hit makers ncluding Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, SAM ROMANS and Sam Smith. Take a look at the trailer to The London Sessions documentary here Mary J Blige The London Sessions Trailer.

FTC Disclosure statement: I participated in the Mary J Blige The London Sessions album review program as a member of bLink Marketing Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

 

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I participated in the Mary J Blige The London Sessions album review program as a member of bLink Marketing Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

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