Although she is one of the worlds most successful recording artists of today (and still has more highs to come!),Mariah's debut album went by modestly and did not see its best songs released.Those who claim Mariah had no urban appeal until '95's 'Fantasy',have not listened to her whole back cataloge.Predictabley, Mariah's debut is ballad laden,but the funk was there from the beginning with grooves like 'You Need Me' to compete with the released 'Someday'.'There's Got To Be A Way'is a Gospel tinged beauty.'ODB' was not the first to MC on one of Mariah's songs,as is shown on 'Prisoner'and 'All In Your Mind' is a breezy song with a fun breakdown as the song closes.
The worst mistake Sony made was to not release the hauntingly beautiful 'Sent From Up Abouve' which would have seen Mariah's name spread throughout the Club scene.It is a promising,chilled club track that would have shown that there were more sides to Mariah than the big balladiva.