[Album Review] Mary J. Blige – “Strength Of A Woman”

 

 

 

Mary J. Blige released her 13th LP album, Strenth of a Woman on April 28th. Her last studio album London Sessions was released in 2014. Producers and artists/songwriters featured on the album are: Missy Elliot, Jazmine Sullivan, DJ Camper, and more. Also, to the musicians credited as well.

 

The album starts off with “Love Yourself”, and then the single “Thick of It”. The next song, “Set Me Free” has a real smooth jazz instrumentation. She’s giving real raw lyrics, and speaking her truth on every verse. A vocal/lyrical highlight from the album. “It’s Me” has great production. The melody in “Glow Up” is pretty lack luster. The bass cuts through on “U + Me (Love Lesson)”, “Indestructible is a nice transition into the album. “Thank You” is very soulful. The blues guitar chords in the song brings in the depth of the lyrics. A strong bass line as well. “Survivor” has incredible production from B.A.M. The lyrics are talking about surviving the hurt and pain of the relationship. “Find The Love” is an upbeat track, with a 70’s style guitar riff throughout the chorus and verses. “Smile” is a soft-piano ballad featuring artist Prince Charlez. “Telling The Truth” is featuring KAYTRANADA. Amazing production, and great melody throughout the song. The self-titled song, “Strength Of A Woman” has amazing production change-ups, and great string arrangements. The last song on the album, “Hello Father” has an R&B chord arrangement with a strong hip hop laden accent. A great ending to the album.

 

Mary J. Blige consistently gives her all with every album. Leaving everything vocally on every song. Strength of A Woman is solid from beginning to end conceptually. She is simply music royalty, and continuously shares her gratefulness for overcoming. Do your ears a favor, and bless them with listening to this album.

 

 

Strength of A Woman is in stores now; also available for purchase on all digital outlets.