I hate this, Mary J. Blige.
I am such a huge fan of the original, but honestly, even if you’ve never heard the original, this song feels so uninspired. Maybe I am being too harsh? Possibly. But Mary’s slipped from inspired, emotive vocal performances to soundtrack schlock that comes across as a pure money grab on some levels. Mary is the Queen of R&B/Soul or whatever title folks are handing out to her these days, but her crown is slipping. Oddly, most of her contemporaries who have patterned themselves after her stylistically are also equally irrelevant. I’d hoped Mary would take some leaps and risks, but clearly, a cover of Shalamar’s classic “Night To Remember” that that is not her lot.
She’s been tapped to helm the ENTIRE Think Like A Man Too soundtrack, and that just doesn’t excite me at all.
This is so rote and lifeless. Mary doesn’t even really look like she’s having a good time in the video — though June Ambrose seems to be getting more of her life than anyone else.
Watch the original below, and see what I mean. This could have been saved, maybe if it was a duet with someone. Mary is hopping on Disclosure’s tracks and Sam Smith’s tracks (and not making them better, IMO) and now putting out lackadaisical joints like this…I hope she pulls it together for the ’14.