In an effort to reclaim her own musical narrative last summer, Mary J. Blige jetted off to London to work with Sam Smith, Disclosure, and Jimmy Napes on a refreshing new album that she’s calling The London Sessions. The project kicks off with “Therapy,” which showcases a haunting gospel chorus behind the soul legend’s emotionally raw, totally stripped down vocals. It’s a bold, “lay it all on the line” type experiment for Blige, who has consistently demonstrated her ability to change with the times.
Earlier this fall, Blige visited the Capitol studios for a live one-take performance of “Therapy.” It’s easy to sense her pain when she slams down the lyrics, “Why would I spend the rest of my days unhappy? / Why would I spend the rest of my life alone?” Stream it above, and check out The London Sessions (now available for pre-order) on December 2.