Strength of a Woman

Mary J. Blige - Strength of a Woman
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2017 Ratings: #472 / 719
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2017 Ratings: #375
April 28, 2017 / Release Date
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Capitol / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Exclaim!

Strength Of A Woman sees Blige performing with an urgency and conviction that was lacking in previous efforts.

77
Pitchfork

The R&B legend returns with a soulful, deeply personal album that luxuriates in the classic sounds of wronged-woman blues.

75
Entertainment Weekly

She is a resilient yet restrained force. But the LP is missing a killer cut or two; the empowering title track is the closest thing to a classic MJB anthem.

74
HipHopDX

For the 46-year-old powerhouse ... it’s clear music is her catharsis and Strength of a Woman will inadvertently not only help her muster up the courage to carry on but will also inspire her fans to do the same.

70
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, dragged down by its own weight and fated to settle comfortably only in the back catalogue.

70
AllMusic

On Strength of a Woman, Mary J. Blige covers a lot of lyrical ground familiar to anyone who has heard her 11 previous studio albums. A significant fraction of this set's sentiments are clichéd.

60
The Guardian

Here she finds a (mostly) sweet spot between contemporary production and her classic sombre-sassy style.

60
The Independent

Strength Of A Woman ... finds the Queen Of R&B Reproach once again embattled by amorous treachery – presumably triggered by her recent split with her husband/manager. It’s R&B’s most familiar theme, but few do it this well.

danielleandrea
82
Love Yourself (ft. Kanye West) 1.00
Thick of It 0.95
Set Me Free 0.70
It's Me 0.95
Glow Up (ft. Quavo, DJ Khaled & Missy Elliott) 0.85
U + Me (Love Lesson) 0.90
Indestructible 0.75
Thank You 0.65
Survivor 1.00
Find the Love 0.85
Smile (ft. Prince Charlez) 0.60
Telling the Truth (ft. KAYTRANADA) 0.55
Strength of a Woman 1.00
Hello Father 0.90
SkyZippr
77
Sound production is interesting and Blige's vocals are brilliant as usual. Most tracks are strong on their own, but somehow it seems they don't work together quite well as an album. Find the Love feels out of the place, and Hello Father feels like a strange choice for the closing track. It's almost as if they gave up constructing the track list as an album circa Thank You, and simply placed the remaining tracks in random order.
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Track List

  1. Love Yourself (feat. Kanye West)
  2. Thick of It
  3. Set Me Free
  4. It's Me
  5. Glow Up (feat. Quavo, DJ Khaled & Missy Elliott)
  6. U + Me (Love Lesson)
  7. Indestructible
  8. Thank You
  9. Survivor
  10. Find the Love
  11. Smile (feat. Prince Charlez)
  12. Telling the Truth (feat. KAYTRANADA)
  13. Strength of a Woman
  14. Hello Father
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