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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2001
In one of Maraih's most critically acclaimed albums yet she manages to somehow create a balance of moving, powerful ballads and uptempo, funky RnB. The hit single Fantasy takes a sample from "Genious of Love" and miraculously turns it into a RnB hit of the nineties, moving on to slower ballads such as Underneath the Sky, which fully displays the octave range of this incredible singer. Other must listen to tracks include "Open Arms" and "one Sweet Day" with Boyz to Men which spent an incredible 16 weeks on top of the U.S charts! Well Done Mariah, the best yet in my opinion!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2000
This was the first Mariah Carey album that I bought and I love it! It is Defiantly worth buying as it has so many superb tracks on it, including the original version of Fantasy, One sweet day and my favourite Always be my baby. I can guarantee you that if you are a Mariah Carey fan you could listen to this album hundreds of times and still never get tired of it. If you are not a fan it is a great first album to buy and get hooked on. This album is so uplifting and positive that it is bound to make you feel good just by listening to it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
DAYDREAM is in my opinion one of Mariahs best albums, or at least her most consistenst album because it does not have a bad song on it! The whole of the album has a very laid back slow pace to it because it is fairly ballad heavy, however there are some good songs on it that offer an upbeat pace.
Daydream contains some of Mariahs most beautiful songs, such as the dreamy UNDERNEATH THE STARS. I can not emphasize enough how much i love this song as it simply drifts over you like a wave, or to use some lyrics from the song, "a warm gently breeze". The words and the music to the song are both perfect and very beautiful and make me feel like i am one of the people she is talking about within the song.
Other beautiful songs include the powerful OPEN ARMS, which gives Mariah a chance to show off some impressive vocals, and the slinky and sexy mid-tempo numbers MELT AWAY and LONG AGO.
There are of course a few upbeat tracks, such as FANTASY which is probably one of her most popular songs and is a great track to open the album with.
The other main singles, ONE SWEET DAY and ALWAYS BE MY BABY are also both brilliant songs. The latter is perhaps not her most experimental song, but it is incredibly catchy and possibly the easiest of her songs to learn the words to. ONE SWEET DAY is yet another of her 'beautiful' songs in which she maages to integrate her vocals brilliantly with Boys to Men, who were of course already harmonized. All the voices on this track work together well to create a wonderful sound.
As i have said, this is one of Mariahs strongest albums and is a well put together collection of songs that i would recomend to anyone who apreciates beautiful songs sung in a beautiful voice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2001
Daydream made me a Hardcore Mariah fan when i 1st heard it back in 95! i still find it heard to believe that this album is over 6 years old! The songs still sound fresh and catchy, infact the whole album to me has a retro vibe, as in the sample used in "Fantasy" is from the early 80s, an the song Mariah has covered (Open Arms) is also from the early 80s, plus retro sounding songs like "Underneath the stars" has warm vinal "snap, crackle and pop" laid on the track!
This disc has loads of hits/releases-Fantasy, One Sweet Day, Open Arms, Always Be My Baby, Forever were all hits back in 95/96, but the other tracks like the aforementioned Underneath the Stars and Melt Away are big with the Fans! This is 1 of 2 Mariah's albums that Have sold over 20million world wide!!! (the other being MUSIC BOX) if you like Mariah in anyway get this album as it has the uptempo track right with the typical balads that Celine Dion wishes she could write! Also Mariah writes an produces all of her songs apart from the cover songs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2001
This Grammy nominated album is one of Ms Careys smoothest albums, the title says it all, Daydream and in fact thats what this album is. Her best uptempo songs to date came with album including the fast and upbeat fantasy and her 50s inspired always be my baby is one of the best songs of her career. Then we have the smash hit One Sweet day, possibly the best death song ever written/sung, and her laidback mid tempo underneath the stars, one of the other best songs on the album. Her cover version of Journeys classic songs 'Open Arms' might raise a few eyebrows with Rock fans and makes one wonder why she would touch this classic, and then there are more laid back ballads like Forever and Melt Away where you get caught up in the moment. If you are one to drft away in the moment and a daydreamer then this album is recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2008
A very nice album, around the time she started moving into RnB and was a good sound at the time and still a good sound today.One of the things I love about Mariah Carey is that ok you hear the singles which are good like one sweet day, fantasy, always be my baby, but in most cases the album songs which didnt get released are even better for example melt away one of her best songs ever, underneath the stars and forever- so beautiful. Even her bonus tracks and B sides are good like Slipping away the B side to always be my baby which is probably her best song ever. So I would always buy a Mariah album even if the first few singles are not so good because the album is usually much better. Another beautiful album. Only 4 stars as she has made better albums and this should be rewarded but this is still very good.
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Daydream was Mariah's 4th studio album released in the fall of 1995, by this this time there was pressure on her to try and match, or even exceed the success of her last album `Music Box', and did she accomplish this? well the answer is yes, but she didn't just make another hit record that was nominated for numerous Grammy's, or that went on to sell tens of millions of copies, on this album she took more creative control than ever before, and there's plenty of evidence of Mariah developing not just her style, but as an artist.

Classic Mariah ballads make up a large percentage of this album, but this time around they have more of an edge, and they are deeper and more emotional, and for the first time guests are present, including contributions from Boys II Men and Jermaine Dupri, who appear on the songs `One Sweet Day', Always Be My Baby' and `Long Ago`.

In my opinion some of the best tracks on the album are firstly the incredibly moving `Open Arms', one of my favourite Mariah songs of all time, it reminds me of a war song because of all the lyrical references to the idea of being apart, hence the lyrics `living without you living alone / this empty house seems so cold', apparently the song was a reconstituted version of something similar to this written back in 1981, although I'm not sure, `I Am Free' was also another one of my favourites, it's basically about having been freed though love, again very very successful lyrically, the dreamy and drifting `Underneath The Stars' what can I say? I Have 99.9 percent of the time found Mariah and Walter Afanasieff collaborations to be a success, so i think that says it all, `One Sweet Day' was also very much a stand out track for me, a true ballad and one of the best, the collaboration between Mariah and Boys II Men was perfectly matched and worked a treat, `Always Be My Baby', `When I Saw You' and `Forever' were also among my favourites.

The fact that after the album had been nominated for various Grammy awards, but failed to even gain a single one is completely unimportant, because this album has already won the best prize of all, well for a start it's without a doubt timeless, and not just that it's also the fact it was brought to us by a superb artist who knows how to write songs, and knows how to captivate her audience in a way no other artist can, a certain triumph for the one and only Mariah Carey.
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on 7 March 2007
Mariah Carey's Daydream album is her last great record in my opinion. Her songwriting is fantastic and strong here, songs like One Sweet Day, Underneath the Stars, Forever, When I Saw You, and Looking In are songs you will hear over and over again. There's a beautiful cover of the Journey hit, Open Arms. The album closer Looking In is such a haunting and brutally open song, "Well here I am for all of them to bleed but they can't take my heart from me, and they can't bring me to my knees, they'll never know the real me." The song I Am Free took me awhile to like it but it has a great message. Hits like Always be my Baby and Fantasy should have you jumping for joy, very catchy and addictive. It's really sad that Mariah doesn't make pop albums anymore, she's too busy churning out pathetic hip-hop albums with her rapper posse doing all the work for her. I highly recommend Daydream, and her previous albums: Mariah Carey, Emotions, MTV Unplugged,...
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on 4 November 2001
This Grammy nominated album is one of Ms Careys smoothest albums, the title says it all, Daydream and in fact thats what this album is. Her best uptempo songs to date came with album including the fast and upbeat fantasy and her 50s inspired always be my baby is one of the best songs of her career. Then we have the smash hit One Sweet day, possibly the best death song ever written/sung, and her laidback mid tempo underneath the stars, one of the other best songs on the album. Her cover version of Journeys classic songs 'Open Arms' might raise a few eyebrows with Rock fans and makes one wonder why she would touch this classic, and then there are more laid back ballads like Forever and Melt Away where you get caught up in the moment. If you are one to drft away in the moment and a daydreamer then this album is recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is easily a favourite of Mariah Carey's album, but comes second to Music Box. Great singles including Fantasy, one sweet day and always be my baby, this album goes down as being one of the greatest albums of the 90's with over 10 million albums sold!
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