First Impressions: Mary Let's You Know She Is All The Woman You'll Ever Need

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Foolishly, I doubted Mary J. Blige after a couple of hits n' misses concerning her upcoming Stronger project. Song releases, "The One" had me unhinged, while "Said & Done" gave me some faith, yet it didn't stick with me for long. So when new track, and upcoming single, "I Am" plops it way into my lap, I was a little wary at what was going to go through the headphones. Was this going to be ballad that would be the equivalent of a Lunesta sleep pill, or will this be a club thumper that would leave a sour taste in my mouth. Doubts. I had them. Always the Mary supporter, I pressed play anyways, and was instantly taken into a better place, thanks to the jubilant nature of "I Am". It's perky, without being nauseating, and it's got a great hand clapping beat that feels like a mix between Gospel and R&B up-tempo. Mary is much more assertive on this track than the others, as she tells her man that she the only woman he'll ever need and well, she darn pinking means it! Now this is what I call a strong single entry. Stronger hits stores on December 22nd, just in time for the holidays!

I Am

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