Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. "I Can See in Color" is the culmination of an album on which Ms. Blige straps herself into the contemporary R&B machine, then grapples her way out.
  2. The queen of hip-hop soul splits her loyalty between three masters with the agility of a gymnast, but she manages to hold a mood with seamless transitions between each.
  3. Throughout Stronger With Each Tear, Blige solidly reinforces why she endures as a fan favorite.
  4. Although Stronger with Each Tear may not be one of her greatest works, it ensures that Blige remains as relevant as any of her more recent contemporaries.
  5. Stronger with Each Tear might not have the raw emotionalism of some of her earlier work but it's clearly a polished performance from a woman who's 100% comfortable in her own skin, healed wounds and all.
  6. A hip-hop soul hymnbook full of inspirationals. There's so much feel-goodness, you might long for the drama of yore.
  7. Stronger With Each Tear, her ninth studio release, continues a string of releases that play like self-empowerment pep talks garnished by pop assembly-line producers.
  8. Stronger with Each Tear is a very good Blige album, if not quite a classic.
  9. Blige's experiment works in the context of her album.
  10. 60
    The result is minor Mary--strong by many standards, a bit tepid by hers.
  11. Stronger With Each Tear, as with most R&B albums, attempts to cover all bases and as such feels a little all over the place. Thankfully, there's enough here to cover the cracks that appear when she's taken out of her comfort zone, which, as much as it shows diversity, seems an odd place to want to leave when the results are often so spectacular.
  12. Blige's frequent problems with pitch control [on "I Can See in Color"] mar what should have been the album's finest moment. Instead, the song is just indicative of the larger problem with Stronger: None of the elements that actually work ever manage to do so at the same time.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Dec 10, 2013
    9
    Stronger with Each Tear cd sound of healing after all bandages from past pains. MJB warm lyrics stood out the most with the single I am. ShowsStronger with Each Tear cd sound of healing after all bandages from past pains. MJB warm lyrics stood out the most with the single I am. Shows a more confident side of the new Mary unlike the earlier less brave. I Can See In color is the reason why fans adore the queen for not just being in pitch perfect. Overall A Full Review »
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    9
    well produced an album that manages to capture. a fresh sound and an interpretation that I find very good. She knows how to sing.I prefer thewell produced an album that manages to capture. a fresh sound and an interpretation that I find very good. She knows how to sing.I prefer the standard version definitely Full Review »