Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige

Time was when the Grand Dame of hip-hop soul releasing a new album caused a hullabaloo. Whippersnappers like Rihanna have ensured she doesn’t have it all her own way now, but ‘Growing Pains’ finds Blige on chirpier form, and the shiny,...

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Blige, Mary J. : Manchester MEN Arena

Blige, Mary J. : Manchester MEN Arena

As the number of her peers shrinks, Mary J Blige continues to stand out amongst the morass of identikit R&B warblers. Indeed, against all odds, the past decade has seen Blige come back off the ropes from drugs, scraps, illness and...

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Blige, Mary J : No More Drama

Blige, Mary J : No More Drama

After an action-packed few years of cocaine abuse, horrible boyfriends, and asking journalists out for a fight etc, Mary J. Blige has forsworn the bad behaviour and waved ta-ta to hassle. But while she might be off the drama in real life,...

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Blige, Mary J. : No More Drama

Blige, Mary J. : No More Drama

While modern soul is as much about the glitzy accoutrements, the soundbites, the hairstyles, the slang and the attitude as it is about the music, there's a point on 'No More Drama' Blige's best yet, that takes you back to a pre-bling era, and...

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give me you

give me you

Mary J Blige Give Me You (MCA) The velvet lady returns, with the track from her fitfully rather decent 'Mary' LP that has the impertinence to feature Eric Clapton on guitar, a niggling reminder that - despite the encouraging...

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Mary

Mary

The late-'90s have been something of a golden period for female-fronted soul/R&B music. Sublime albums from the likes of Lauryn Hill , Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott and Erykah Badu have revitalised the genre, washing away the histrionic '80s...

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The Tour

The Tour

"LA!" "NEW YORK!" "NEW YORK!" "LA!" Quite how far Mary J Blige travelled on her 1997-'98 'world' tour isn't revealed by the shout-outs to the audience on this live album. Still, here's our chance to also "go somewhere special". Right up to "the...

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