Mary J. Blige
Strength of a Woman (Capitol Records)
The legendary R&B diva returns with her 13th studio album, which chronicles her recent divorce from her longtime manager and romantic partner. Featuring guest appearances by Kanye West, Missy Elliott and DJ Khaled, the album is a confessional, soulful and uplifting collection of tracks. Blige shines brightest on the record’s fearless lead single, “Love Yourself” and its simply gorgeous title track. In the sense that is is empowering, forthright and proves that she made it through yet another rough patch, Strength of a Woman is reminiscent of her breakthrough 2001 release, No More Drama. Mary describes the new release in words that could define her career: “I don’t hold back,” she states flatly. “It’s not who I am, and there’s no way I am going to start changing now.” Catch Mary J. Blige on her extensive North American stadium tour through September. Dates and ticket info at maryjblige.com.
Last modified: July 27, 2017