I am still catching my breath. I have had the opportunity to get inside Mary J. Blige’s head via The London Sessions. Three weeks, collaborating with some talent from around the world like Disclosure, Sam Smith, Eg White – just to name a few, an awesome producer – Rodney Jenkins and this Legend of a Songstress – Mary J Blige – has done it again. The London Sessions have given us more than what we are worthy of feeding to our heart and soul. Usually we hear all of the drama, pain and disappointment of some of our favorite musicians. Some of our favorite singers find value in continually lamenting in their poor life decisions. Well not Mary….not our Mary J. Blige. Mary has taken the life experiences, the anger, the pain, the personal disappointments, mixed them all together and stirred up a strong tonic that when sipped will make any woman feel empowered.
Remembering when I first heard about Mary J. Blige, I remember a rough and tough, take no prisoner woman who was mostly singing to a younger crowd. A little in your face with her lyrics. Her music was hard, fast, yet soulful. It was not until Mary J. had matured a bit that her words really began to resonate with me. Although there is a song in The London Sessions that sounds like the younger Mary J. Blige….just all grown up.
Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions is sung by a seasoned, wise, more refined songstress. This CD starts out with two very meaningful ballads “Therapy”, “Doubt” – something every woman can speak to at some point in their lives to more danceable music that speaks to life’s changes.
Making a stand while recognizing change in “Right Now”, “My Loving” and “Long Hard Look”, Mary J. lets you know that it is a new day. Life lessons can make a girl wise up over time. “Whole Damn Year”…kind of puts into perspective why we missed her voice on the music scene. “Follow” has captured my heart, as the beat is something that lingers in my mind, makes my fingers pop and gets me up and moving with the message in her words. It has been my MUST listen to song of the moment and will be at the top of my personal playlist for some time I am sure.
Mary J Blige takes it home with”Worth My Time”, which I think is one of my favorite ballads. Nothing like a strong woman who chooses to just not give up. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire playlist and the story that it tells about the reinvented Mary J. Blige that we are about to seriously get to know. What a wonderful way to find all things beautiful in the music gifted to us in this album. The music drops December 2, 2014.
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.
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.by