Mary J. Blige’s latest release dropped December 2, 2014, and accompanying it is “’The London Sessions’ Documentary,” which gives us a look at the making of the album. As the title suggests, Blige traveled to London to write and record the project.

As a music nerd, I am infatuated with the creative process and love being privy to the behind the scenes of it. I can’t say that I have listened to much Mary J. Blige since “My Life,” but “The London Sessions” documentary brought me closer to her as an artist. Honesty and openness are traits I look for in those whose music I consume, and Blige is open about battling her demons, both in conversations throughout the film and within the songs. Shot entirely in black and white, it has the same darkness about it that resonates in song, which somehow, as Mary described it, make her want to dance, while simultaneously making her want to cry.

The documentary has really peaked my interest, to the point where this hip hop plans to purchase the album. The film, as a promotional vehicle, has done it’s job, but is also a good watch. “’The London Sessions’ Documentary” gets my COSIGN.

Chris P.

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