Melissa Maerz
January 04, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

After sharing a lifetime of bottoming-out stories, Blige has moved on to the self-affirmation stage of her Diva Recovery Program. ”I ain’t sayin’ that I’m the best, but I’m the best,” she brags on Stronger With Every Tear, a hip-hop soul hymnbook full of inspirationals. There’s so much feel-goodness, you might long for the drama of yore. Luckily, she brings it on the bouncy piano groove ”Kitchen,” which offers good advice to any lady who’s loved a hungry man: ”Never let a girl cook in your kitchen.” B

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