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Strength Of A Woman

Mary J Blige

Strength Of A Woman

Album number fourteen from the New York City R&B singer includes contributions from Kanye West, Quavo, DJ Khaled and Missy Elliott

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  1. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Blige's finest offering in over a decade
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  2. 8.0 |   The FT

    A handsome set of hip-hop soul torch songs inspired by the end of the New Yorker’s marriage
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  3. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Some big characters have walk-on parts but none of them can steal the show
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  4. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    A soulful, deeply personal album that luxuriates in the classic sounds of wronged-woman blues, featuring guest spots from Kanye West, DJ Khaled, and Kaytranada
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  5. 7.0 |   Clash

    The best tracks on ‘Strength Of A Woman’ seem destined to be poached for streaming service playlists and radio play, while the album as a whole potentially goes unnoticed
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  6. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    R&B star conjures some of her old magic
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  7. 6.0 |   The Independent

    After the refreshing change furnished by 2014’s The London Sessions, things are pretty much back to normal for Mary J Blige on Strength Of A Woman
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  8. 6.0 |   The Music

    Clearly, the passion remains
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    A steady return
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  10. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Her indomitable voice is always the main event
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