Watch: Mary J. Blige Shares Lyric Video for Heart-Wrenching “Whole Damn Year”
“See Winter took most of my heart / And Spring punched me right in the stomach,” she sings achingly over the somber piano tune. “Summer came looking for blood / And by Autumn I was left with nothing…”
The song’s intimate lyrics resonate so much that I have chills with every play. “It took a whole a damn to repair my body / It’s been bad five years…”
Set to debut on November 24, 2014 in the UK and December 2, 2014 in the U.S., The London Sessions finds Queen of Hip-hop Soul inspired by London, and embracing a new sound that includes garage, deep house, and grime.
Mary previously worked with both Disclosure and Sam Smith on their respective singles “F for You” and “Stay With Me.”
“Our idea was to become part of London… to really embrace the culture – to really live in it,” Mary told The Guardian in August. “Not that I haven’t been here before, but I’ve never had the chance to really soak in it the way I have this time. To make records from the London-scene perspective. The music is free over here the way it used to be in the States. Artists are just free to do what they love. Listening to the radio you can hear the freedom. The music is living and breathing – you can hear that from Adele’s last album. It was massive – a big deal. But she did what she loved.”
The album’s first single is a backwater blues-inspired “Therapy,” co-written by Smith and Eg White, which released on September 23rd via iTunes.
A deep house “Right Now,” produced by Disclosure, released to Mary’s Youtube on September 25th, followed by a dance-heavy “Nobody But You” on SoundCloud on October 1st. “Whole Damn Year” will be available on October 21st.
Enjoy listening to “Therapy,” “Right Now,” and “Nobody But You” below. Then watch the trailer for The London Sessions’ accompanying documentary film. You can pre-order the album on iTunes.