Mary J. Blige has taken a risk with her new album, The London Sessions, a sonically adventurous project from the reigning Queen of Soul that stemmed from a summer of recording in the U.K. with British bigwigs like Sam Smith, Disclosure, Naughty Boy, and Jimmy Napes. One of the album’s rawest, sparsest tracks is “Whole Damn Year,” which weaves through Blige’s blow-by-blow tale of heartbreak and the time it takes a heart to recover.
In the new, domestic abuse-themed video for “Whole Damn Year,” Ms. Mary takes a backseat as other couples fight dramatically, with women and men cowering in fear for their lives. It’s a blistering, starkly literal take on the song’s dramatic lyrics, though it does end with forgiveness and a hair flip of acknowledgment.
Stream the video above, and be sure to listen to The London Sessions, now in stores.