I’ve been a fan of the Bronx native Queen of Hip-Hop Soul since the early 90’s when my mother would blast her music throughout the house every single Saturday morning. Ever since I literally can’t clean my home without playing at least one song from Mary J Blige. Its habit and addiction that I’m quite proud of, if I can be honest.

When I heard that she had something new and unique for her fans on December 2nd, I was more than excited to check it out and even more honored to offer my review. Mary went to London and wrote and recorded this whole project in three weeks. That’s crazy! This concept was initiated through Mary’s collaboration with Disclosure, which then led her to Sam Smith. With Rodney Jerkins being the overall album producer, it shows that different can definitely be greatness for Mary J Blige and The London Sessions.

The London Sessions Trailer –

The album starts off with the phenomenally soulful track titled Therapy, co-written by Sam Smith. I love it. It brings me old Mary with something new as a twist. She is such a great artist, nevertheless, initially I didn’t know what to expect. However, this track was the warm welcome I needed to get comfortable. We all experience those times of being depressed, negative, and stressed but why spend those days unhappy? Mary chimes perfectly with a truthful and profound statement in this cool blues like track.

“Doubt” is number two on the album and something that is both inspiring and relatable to me. “I can’t keep doubting myself anymore” sounds beautiful as it sends chills down my spine. Her voice and the lyrics send a combination of truth and testimony straight to the head. “I made it to the end….” A song about overcoming so much and looking out yourself like you got this, you are capable. No one can take away from you what you were destined to have. “I’m going to be the best me, sorry if it kills you.” Probably my favorite on the whole album.

Like it’s mentioned on the album, “The reason people like her are so successful, is because they are not afraid to change what they do completely” and I totally agree. Songs like “Right Now” and “My Loving” although much different than anything else she’s done, still reminds me of the Mary that I’ve always respected and revered.

“Long Hard Look” makes you respect the place you’re in and the love you have. It’s almost as if she is articulating tunes from behind the podium at me as I listen to her lyrics. In “Whole Damn Year” her voice sounds amazing as well. She sings her pain about her experience and the possibility of never being able to trust someone else again. I mean, damn… how is it possible for someone to have so many of the same experiences as the listener? This is so dope! Her talent is multiplied through these struggles, and she definitely helps us realize we are not alone.

With songs like “Pick Me Up” and “Follow”, I can’t help but feel like this album is interesting. I get the whimsical need to get up and dance a little. Mary ignites emotion no doubt, but when I want to hit a two step and get (Michael Jackson) vibes, it is both emotionally and audibly pleasing. It’s no wonder that Complex Magazine said “Mary proves once again why she is a legend in the game”, and I totally agree with that sentiment.

London Sessions wraps it up with “Worth My Time” a beautiful song that resonates with so many who aren’t willing to just walk away from a difficult situation when the chips are down. It’s something to be said about an artist that can powerfully translate all the emotions that we contain inside our hearts into music that is awe-inspiring.

I am so pleased with this project. Not only am I impressed, but I’m so proud to see how one of my favorite artist took a leap of faith and turned it into an incredible album that wraps up a great year for me. She spoke to me directly with a few tracks and I love it. The London Sessions is a testament to one woman’s ability to do something different and still deliver awesomeness.

The London Sessions is a body of work very different from what I have been used to from Mary J Blige, but I love every second of it.

Follow and connect with Mary J Blige on Social media…

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/maryjblige

Twitter – Twitter – @maryjblige

Mary’s Official Website: http://www.maryjblige.com/london-sessions

Album Releases December 2nd, but you can pre-purchase your copy today. Check out either ITunes or Amazon for your own copy of Mary J Blige’s The London Sessions:

iTunes : http://bit.ly/MJLondonSessions

Amazon: http://bit.ly/MJBLondonSessions

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’ve been a fan of the Bronx native Queen of Hip-Hop Soul since the early 90’s when my mother would blast her music throughout the house every single Saturday morning. Ever since I literally can’t clean my home without playing at least one song from Mary J Blige. Its habit and addiction that I’m quite proud of, if I can be honest.

When I heard that she had something new and unique for her fans on December 2nd, I was more than excited to check it out and even more honored to offer my review. Mary went to London and wrote and recorded this whole project in three weeks. That’s crazy! This concept was initiated through Mary’s collaboration with Disclosure, which then led her to Sam Smith. With Rodney Jerkins being the overall album producer, it shows that different can definitely be greatness for Mary J Blige and The London Sessions.

The London Sessions Trailer –

The album starts off with the phenomenally soulful track titled Therapy, co-written by Sam Smith. I love it. It brings me old Mary with something new as a twist. She is such a great artist, nevertheless, initially I didn’t know what to expect. However, this track was the warm welcome I needed to get comfortable. We all experience those times of being depressed, negative, and stressed but why spend those days unhappy? Mary chimes perfectly with a truthful and profound statement in this cool blues like track.

“Doubt” is number two on the album and something that is both inspiring and relatable to me. “I can’t keep doubting myself anymore” sounds beautiful as it sends chills down my spine. Her voice and the lyrics send a combination of truth and testimony straight to the head. “I made it to the end….” A song about overcoming so much and looking out yourself like you got this, you are capable. No one can take away from you what you were destined to have. “I’m going to be the best me, sorry if it kills you.” Probably my favorite on the whole album.

Like it’s mentioned on the album, “The reason people like her are so successful, is because they are not afraid to change what they do completely” and I totally agree. Songs like “Right Now” and “My Loving” although much different than anything else she’s done, still reminds me of the Mary that I’ve always respected and revered.

“Long Hard Look” makes you respect the place you’re in and the love you have. It’s almost as if she is articulating tunes from behind the podium at me as I listen to her lyrics. In “Whole Damn Year” her voice sounds amazing as well. She sings her pain about her experience and the possibility of never being able to trust someone else again. I mean, damn… how is it possible for someone to have so many of the same experiences as the listener? This is so dope! Her talent is multiplied through these struggles, and she definitely helps us realize we are not alone.

With songs like “Pick Me Up” and “Follow”, I can’t help but feel like this album is interesting. I get the whimsical need to get up and dance a little. Mary ignites emotion no doubt, but when I want to hit a two step and get (Michael Jackson) vibes, it is both emotionally and audibly pleasing. It’s no wonder that Complex Magazine said “Mary proves once again why she is a legend in the game”, and I totally agree with that sentiment.

London Sessions wraps it up with “Worth My Time” a beautiful song that resonates with so many who aren’t willing to just walk away from a difficult situation when the chips are down. It’s something to be said about an artist that can powerfully translate all the emotions that we contain inside our hearts into music that is awe-inspiring.

I am so pleased with this project. Not only am I impressed, but I’m so proud to see how one of my favorite artist took a leap of faith and turned it into an incredible album that wraps up a great year for me. She spoke to me directly with a few tracks and I love it. The London Sessions is a testament to one woman’s ability to do something different and still deliver awesomeness.

The London Sessions is a body of work very different from what I have been used to from Mary J Blige, but I love every second of it.

Follow and connect with Mary J Blige on Social media…

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/maryjblige

Twitter – Twitter – @maryjblige

Mary’s Official Website: http://www.maryjblige.com/london-sessions

Album Releases December 2nd, but you can pre-purchase your copy today. Check out either ITunes or Amazon for your own copy of Mary J Blige’s The London Sessions:

iTunes : http://bit.ly/MJLondonSessions

Amazon: http://bit.ly/MJBLondonSessions

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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