Customer Review

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No stopping Mariah for now, 27 May 2014
This review is from: Me. I am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse (Audio CD)
Could you believe that Mariah Carey has been with us for almost quarter-of-a-century now? With her 14th (!) regular album, she proves that hard work pays off. Produced mostly in a way combining modern and retro sounds, she's sounding like no other superstar - currently she's more into old school than Beyonce, does not tamper with Lady Gaga or Adele and her composing skills do not let her slip into sameness which is sometimes typical for the likes of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus or even Kelly Clarkson.

It's a bit hard to understand why she chose words from a drawing she did as a three-year-old as the title of the album and it is obvious that HER on the album cover art looks a fraction too flattering. But as for the music, it is more colorful and diverse than, for example, on the "Memoirs of Imperfect Angel". The big step forward from that, an otherwise good album, is that "Me" includes a couple of hit singles - the sleek "Beautiful" featuring Miguel, "Thirsty" with the excellent bridge hook, the Rodney Jerkins co-produced subtlety "You're Mine (Eternal)" or the grower "Money" (w/Fabolous) - all four with great radio potential (which, however, in the past few years has often gone unfulfilled with Mariah - maybe she's not IN VOGUE anymore no matter what she does).

One of the great tracks is certainly the nostalgic "Dedicated" ft Nas, sounding at once retro and hip (quite a feat nowadays). Excellent beats are also to be found here and there, as on the seductive "Make It Look Good", the pounding "You Don't Know What To Do" (with Wale) or the surprisingly giddy disco "Meteorite".

Some melodies are reminiscent of formulas started on "Emancipation of Mimi", hammond organ is employed quite a few times throughout the album ("Cry", "Heavenly"), some songs are autobiographical, including the "Supernatural" (featuring giggling of her twin kids, which borders on too cute). Not too successful she is on the rather overwrought and flat ballad "Camouflage." The singing sometimes sounds strained a bit and in other cases a little artificial (as on the otherwise decent George Michael cover "One More Try").

Still, the album is sequenced well and plays as a confident, state-of-the-art big affair of 2014. Despite the unsure commercial success at the time of the release, Mariah Carey can be proud of the finished product. Her fanbase should by no means shrink after this album.

PS The deluxe version includes two songs from the "Memoirs of Imperfect Angel" with guest starts - "It's a Wrap" features words of recognition by Mary J. Blige and "Betcha Gon' Know" is recorded with feisty, soulful vocals of R. Kelly. The deluxe closes with "The Art of Letting Go", which scored only as a modest hit in November 2013.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Location: Slovakia

Top Reviewer Ranking: 223,381