Mary J Blige - Strength of a Woman review: ‘Her indomitable voice is always the main event’
A messy divorce might have made for a lyrically toxic 13th album from Mary J Blige but the Bronx-born star is too classy to succumb to bitterness — not that her ex-husband (and former manager) entirely escapes Blige’s scorn.
“There’s a special place in hell for you,” she sings on Set Me Free, though it’s smoothly soulful rather than the raging R&B you might expect.
Strength of a Woman is more about the healing process, which does mean slogging through syrupy tunes that hint at guidance from self-help gurus and, ultimately, God.
But there’s also plenty of hip-hop grit, including Kanye West’s fired-up rapping during Love Yourself and Missy Elliott on the skulking groove of Glow Up. Even alongside the special guests, though, Blige’s indomitable voice is always the main event.
THERE WAS A REAL PROJECT CALLED ' FRICK UP THE MOON ' GO TO WIKIPEDIA AND SEE
THE PROJECT WAS ACTUALLY CALLED “PROJECT A119″ OR “A STUDY OF LUNAR RESEARCH FLIGHTS.” ITS OBJECTIVE WAS TO CREATE A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION ON THE MOON THAT WAS LARGE ENOUGH AND BRIGHT ENOUGH TO BE SEEN FROM EARTH, BOOSTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE IN AMERICAN MILITARY POWER AND SHOWING UP THE SOVIET UNION, WHO HAD RECENTLY PULLED AHEAD IN THE SPACE RACE.
PROJECT A119 WAS EVENTUALLY CANCELLED FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, PARTIALLY DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS ABOUT THE LAUNCH, PARTIALLY DUE TO THE COMPLICATIONS THE RADIATION MIGHT POSE FOR POSSIBLE LUNAR COLONIZATION, PARTIALLY BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE RECEIVED POORLY BY THE PUBLIC, AND PARTIALLY BECAUSE OF CONCERNS ABOUT THE MILITARIZATION OF SPACE TRAVEL. THEY DECIDED IT WOULD BE BETTER FROM A PUBLIC RELATIONS STANDPOINT TO SEND UP EXPLORERS THAN WEAPONS, AND THE PROJECT (ALONG WITH ITS SOVIET COUNTERPART) WAS SCRAPPED.
THE NAME YOU’VE GIVEN FOR IT WAS THE LIGHTHEARTED WORK OF A WIKIPEDIA VANDAL AND HAS SINCE BEEN CORRECTED. FOR REFERENCE, THOUGH, THE VANDAL DIDN’T WRITE “FRICK UP THE MOON,” THEY CALLED IT “OPERATION FUCK THE MOON.”
The year was 1958 and the United States feared that it was lagging behind in the Space Race. The Soviets had already managed to put an artificial satellite into space, a first for humanity.
Pictured: Pretty impressive, for a Commie!
So the U.S. wanted to one up the Soviets in a manner that “popped” a little better, publicity-wise, than the second artificial satellite ever launched by man. Especially after their first attempt with the Vanguard Rocket blew up spectacularly just off the launch pad.
So, after what must have been the best NASA brainstorming session ever, Project A119 was put into motion.
The general concept of A119 was pretty simple: The United States would put the first man-made object on the moon. And that object would be a nuclear weapon.
Pictured: President Eisenhower after hearing about Project A119, but before NASA told him they weren’t kidding.
But wait, it gets better. The U.S. wasn’t just going to nuke The Moon. We were going to hit the Moon with a nuke of sufficient power that the blast would be visible to the naked eye on Earth. The Air Force and Eisenhower were significantly less keen on the idea, as they feared that it might inflame Cold War tensions and would set a very negative precedent for human interaction with extra terrestrial planetary bodies.
Also, according to one project consulted on the project, it might have destroyed the “man on the moon” pattern on the lunar surface.