MARY J. BLIGE

Rating: NNNNMary J. Blige, the queen of hiphop soul, is back with another album of passionate self-help R&B. And while.


Rating: NNNN


Mary J. Blige, the queen of hiphop soul, is back with another album of passionate self-help R&B. And while her personal life may be as drama-free as it’s ever been, this is still 10 times more emotionally charged than anything her contemporaries are churning out.

From anyone else, the earnestness here would come across as preachy and contrived, but Blige oozes realness and has a surprising amount of self-awareness for a pop star. The various producers behind this all pull their weight, but as usual the star is Blige’s husky voice and that charming mix of vulnerability and over-the-top diva confidence.

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