The legendary Ms Mary J Blige may have packed her suitcase (reference!!) and jumped across the pond to create one of the most ambitious albums of her career, and easily one of the best albums of 2014 – ‘The London Sessions‘, but there’s no doubt about the fact that underneath those thumping Disclosure-assisted House beats and Sam Smith/Emeli Sande-assisted Soul-drenched ballads, the essence of the project is still a classic slice of the original Mary J Blige sound.
Check out the video for the track ‘Whole Damn Year‘ that Blige unveiled a while ago – and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Reminiscent (reference!!) of her 1995 iconic smash ‘Not Gon’ Cry‘ video – the raw and sparse ‘Whole Damn Year‘ gets a gut-wrenching visual that sheds the spotlight domestic violence and bullying. It’s MJB-levels of powerful y’all – think 2001’s ‘No More Drama‘ and 2008’s ‘Take Me As I Am‘.
Throughout the Mike Ho and Alex Moors-directed video, couples fight dramatically while families are torn apart, as Mary convincingly croons –
“And yes, I’m good on the surface, but I’m a mess, I’m a mess underneath. See, winter took most of my heart , and spring punched right in the stomach, summer came looking for blood and by autumn, I was left with nothing,”
In the end though, it’s all good.
‘The London Sessions‘ is the R’n’B Icon’s 13th album – and is a complete sonic extravaganza of some of the hottest names in music at the moment, and that includes Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy among a host of others. It’s an album like this that elevates Blige to the staggering heights of Ms Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan. It’s just been released in the US, and was out already in the UK last week. Get a copy immediately if you haven’t y’all, I already got mine!
Check out the incredible ‘Whole Damn Year‘ by the one and only Queen Of Hip-Hop/Soul Mary J Blige right here :