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The London Sessions

December 2, 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 2, 2014
  • Release Date: December 2, 2014
  • Label: Capitol Records (CAP)
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Capitol Records, LLC
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  • Total Length: 45:34
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  • ASIN: B00NO2TTQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 305 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,291 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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First of all, I have to either qualify or excuse myself by saying that I am a tremendous fan of Mary's music and much admire and relate to her personal story. This is a story she has always shared with her many fans through her heartfelt almost confessional body of work. Recently, it was widely reported that she had suffered from some financial losses. I thought to myself that this was hardly something that would keep an artist and woman such as she down. And this album is nothing short of a triumph! Not a comeback, she has never been away, but something entirely new. She headed to England where some of today's best new music is being made and whose artists have always appreciated and understood the importance of black artists to American music. On this, her thirteenth studio album, she works with such artists writers and producers as Disclosure, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande, and Sam Smith. Overseeing these brilliant collaborations is the great Rodney "Dark Child"" Jenkins as executive producer. The album starts out with brilliant soul with gospel and classic R&B and by the dance friendly Right Now moves into what groups like Disclosure are doing so well right now, fresh and new house music. The opening song Therapy, another great collaboration with Sam Smith, is a very modern interpretation of the blues with strong gospel overtones. The Wonderful song Doubt sounds as good as anything on Mary's classic album My Life, but the lyrics are more hopeful. Two of my favorites on the album is written with the terrific British singer/songwriter Emeli Sande. I just don't understand why she isn't more appreciated stateside, she's that brilliant! And Mary was seemingly made to sing one of her songs. The best dance song on the album, for my money, is My Loving.Read more ›
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Mary J. Blige's new album "The London Sessions" comes barely six months since her criminally overlooked "Think Like A Man Too" soundtrack. So titled as it was recorded in London with some of the finest UK singers/writers/producers.

Inspired by her working with UK Dance duo Disclosure on the remix of their hit "F For You", the album strikes a delicate balance between vintage Mary and a European club sound. The doo wop/Blues-tinged Sam Smith co-penned "Therapy" opens the album picking a gospel fervour in its closing minute. "Why should I spend the rest of my days unhappy, when I can go to therapy two times a day" she sings. The bluesy piano ballad "Not Loving You" is another Sam Smith co-write which wouldn't be out of place on an Adele album. Other outstanding ballads are the acoustic "When You're Gone", the Emeli Sandé co-penned, Naughty Boy-produced "Whole Damn Year" (minimal and piano sprinkled with raw emotional lyrics), and the closing spare piano ballad "Worth My Time".

The atmospheric club banger "Right Now" is one of two songs with Disclosure, the other being the fervent "Follow" which recalls "F For You". "My Loving" has a chilled late night feel kicking into a house tempo. I can imagine this playing on a late night drive through the streets of London. "Nobody But You" is a moody pulsing number I could imagine from Katy B, while the Naughty Boy co-penned "Pick Me Up" features clarinet sprinklings and stabs of piano perfectly accentuating the clipped dance beats. "Misery loves company they won't let us grow" she croons.

The arrangements, especially on the upbeat numbers never crowd out her vocals. They are spacious and allow her to express her emotions. My only complaint is that there aren't more club numbers. A winner!
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In early 2014, Mary J. Blige recorded vocals for a remix version of "F for you", a song by British electronic garage-house duo Disclosure. The remix was re-recorded for release as a single and became a Top 10 hit on the UK Dance Chart. Inspired by its response, Blige moved to London where she spent a month recording in RAK studios, collaborating with a host of young British acts. These sessions resulted in a whole new album, one which is set to rejuvenate MJB's career; she is coming hard with it, totally reinventing her sound. From her urban hip-hop days next to P. Diddy to Disclosure's deep house, she has come a long way. Often accustomed to, but not worn out by personal hardship, MJB is synonymous with soul-baring honesty and a roller-coaster range of emotions. "The London sessions" is proof of her evolution as an artist, a great example on how music has no boundaries. Personal favourite tracks include "Right now", mixing her deep, heartfelt vocals with Disclosure's smooth, yet detached, production (works a treat), and "Doubt", a pure, raw, anthemic ballad so real, it hurts (not since her "No more drama" days have I heard this much emotion from her). Shaping up to be one of her best albums, she did right taking a leap of faith. "I was never expected to do more, jump further, move the extra mile. But breaking boundaries happened for me... And I won't stop as long as I live", she says. She is damn right.
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This is a must for any Mary J fans. Great production and wonderful collaborations. In spite of what the reviews stating this is more "club" oriented affair, there are not many dance tracks on this record. For those who have not listened to her music before, this would be a good introduction to her musical style.
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