Mary has done it for the grown and sexy and those who can appreciate the sounds of an old school mellow set. She traveled across the pond and collaborated with some of the UKs most talented artist. I am a huge Mary J fan and was pleasantly surprised from this change of pace from her. The album starts with “Therapy” which sums up so much of what she has been discussing since finding the love of her life. In earlier albums, she was a in place of pain and hurt, “Therapy” has allowed her to shed the hurt of the past and move on.
If you want a rugged rock your head beat, check out “Long Hard Look” once the beat drops you will find yourself in a trance from the words. It encourages you to look at yourself before you act as the grass is not always greener. How many times, have you found yourself wanting another situation only to discover what you already had was just right for you.
The passion in her life shines through not only in the lyrics but the music as well. This is an album that requires you to listen repeatedly to really appreciate the message. The “Whole Damn Year” expresses that nothing is easy and you need time to really make an impact and/or change.
I am glad that Mary J is enjoying life and expressing it in her music. I suggest you add this to your playlist and keep it on repeat.
Disclosure: 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.