Mary J. Blige Unveils The Cover Of 13th LP, ‘Strength Of A Woman’

Mike Wass | March 28, 2017 1:48 pm

And she’s back! Mary J. Blige unveiled the cover of 13th LP, Strength Of A Woman, on Instagram this morning (March 28) and shared the release date. It drops on April 28 and is expected to include soulful lead single, “Thick Of It,” and recent buzz track, “U + Me (Love Lesson).” She didn’t give any information about the tracklist or general direction of the album, but there could be at least one major collaboration. “I absolutely got a chance to work with the great Kanye West,” the R&B legend to The Hollywood Reporter. “And the song is crazy — I can’t wait for people to hear it.”

“The flavor of the track starts off with piano keys,” she continue. “It’s very dramatic in the beginning and it goes into a loud horn. That is, like an old sample horn. And then this gigantic beat kicks in and I sing.” That sounds amazing, but I’m interested regardless of its inclusion. “Thick Of It” was a real return to form for the singer, who shows off the full range of those famous vocals over warm percussion and modern trap beats. Revisit the album’s very underrated lead single below.

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