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on 20 January 2000
This album illustrates the genius of a singer, producer, writer etc.that Mariah Carey is. Her collaboration with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis is nothing short of sheer excellence. This in no way overshadows the work of David Foster, Damizza and the other ground breaking producers who worked on this set.
Mariah demonstrates that her strength lies in vocal mastery and musical diversity. Those perfected high pitch notes in "Bliss" leave the listener rhapsodized whilst on the other extreme the low husky octave is put successfully to the test in "Petals". "After Tonight", "Vulnerability" and "Against all Odds" are polished to perfection whilst the gosphel flavoured "Can't Take That Away From Me" re-affirms Mariah's status as queen of the power ballad. The opposite extreme is an abundance of credible sleek R n B/Hip Hop sounds all of which are boosted and embossed by an army of superstars. The extremity of these grooves accentuates from the uptempo "Heartbreaker", to an ushered "How Much", to catchy "X-Girlfriend", to tearful "crybaby" and finally to the commendable "Did I do That".
This "Rainbow" leaves the Mariah fan praying "Thank God I Found You". However it's a shame for an album as good as this not to have been given a wider commercial audience by including some serious dance material or early Mariah "Rock". This is one reason why this album hasn't done so well in the UK charts.
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on 22 January 2001
The acclaim given for the "pop candymaking" of 95's Daydream, and the experimental courage and vision of 97's "Butterfly". collaborate to achieve a "Rainbow". The balance between the two is achieved with "Heartbreaker" taking the role of "Honey", and a new "Hero" anthem is found in the all inspiring "Can't take that away". A deeply personal album, calling out to her fans in support and openness in "Petals", Mariah's 9th album, entirely self written (bar the cover version), and heavy production input, have again been ignored by the critics who refuse to see the phenomenal ability not purely of that voice, but the writing and musical mastery which has never been acknowledged or accredited. However, all true Mariah fans, will again float in a sea of tranquility, emotion and gratitude at another masterpiece which should take pride of place in any record collection.
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on 6 June 2000
I am a huge Mariah fan, and when this first came out, I rushed out and bought it! I was, however, awestruck by this record. I have all 9 Mariah albums (including Unplugged, #1's and Merry Christmas) and this is one of my favourites! Although there are a couple of mediocre (which is a bit disappointing) tracks here, namely How Much and X-Girlfriend, there are also some of the best songs she's ever done on here!
Can't Take That Away is simply breathtaking; a real anthem (which I love also because I can relate so much to it - it's a defiant song) with some of the best vocals of her career. Petals and Rainbow kind of run together, as a hopeful song which recount Mariah's history and emotional past (which I personally can relate to, word for word). Yes, she went through some bad times, but she came out better and stronger for it. They are beautiful songs, backed by piano and other gentle instruments, and are perfect to just wallow in and dream away. And to get your groove on, although Crybaby seems to be everyone's fave jam, I prefer the bouncin' Did I Do That. It's a killer hip-hop tune! Also encouraging are the songs Bliss (a relaxing vibe, with a Minnie Riperton feel), Vulnerability and Against All Odds, another vocal workout. Thank God I Found You is beautiful too.
All in all, yes there are a couple of duff tracks on here, but the rest more than make up for this. Don't be put off by Mariah's questionable image direction - this album is an emotional roller coaster ride that you'll never forget. Love it.
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on 7 July 2007
Now, Ms Carey is not to everyone's taste, and she is seemingly as mad as a fruit loop, but boy, the girl can sing. She has one of the best voices, and range, in music today. This album was a 'concept' album, in that it portrays, in song, going through a very dark period of her life (break up of her marriage) and emerging the other side.
The songs are all excellent. The ballads shine that little extra, because of the sentiment behind them, and in 'Heartbreaker' there is a genuinely great dance track - also includes the remix.Overall a solid, pop album.
If you are still wavering, mine came with a nice poster of Mariah lying on the bed sucking a lollipop....just though you'd like to know....!
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on 24 November 1999
This has got to be Mariah's most credible album to date. It must also have the widest appeal. Mariah pleases fans both old and new. Long term fans of Mariah's 'balladey' side will be pleased with the 5 emotional ballads included of which the best are Against all odds (Phil Collins) and After Tonight, both of which must rank in Mariah's best songs ever.Aswell as ballads there are plenty of storming R'n B tracks include the brillian Heartbreaker remix which adds a whole new level to the song. The highlight of this album must be X-Girlfriend, it is just so slick, and shows Mariah can sing any way she wants. Don't get me wrong this album isn't perfect, you sometimes get the feeling it becomes a little self indulgent(Did I do that?), but it comes pretty close to being the best Mariah Carey Album ever, just on the sheer variation of style and vocal range !
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on 27 April 2000
Mariah has once again supplied us with what we were hoping for. This album is stylish and makes you happy, just by hearing her amazing voice that we know and love alone. On first hearing this album, I was suprised at how dirrerent she can make her voice, to suit the song, (Crybaby, Bliss etc.), but this is just what makes this album so different to the rest. Favourites are Heartbreaker, Thank God I Found You and Crybaby (Snoop was perfect for this one) and the only reason I gave it four stars is because of Did I Do That?, which really does not fit in with this new, mature Mariah album One tip is not to overplay it, as this is what I did, and it made me less enthusiastic. After listening to it, stash it away for a while and when you come back to it, you will once again be pleasantly surprised.
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on 28 October 1999
You could never accuse Mariah of breaking new musical ground, but this really is an album full of great tracks. The standout for me has got to be "Petals" which has an incredible melody and extremely personal lyrics. If only she could give us more of this stuff... Other highlights include her cover of "Against All Odds", "Thank God I Found You", "Ex-Girlfriend" and just when you thought you were safe, the unbelivebaly high-pitched notes make one hell of a return in the brilliant "Bliss". Sure, there's nothing original on this record, but for the most part, the tracks are well written, brilliantly sung, and well produced. If you liked her previous stuff, and/or are into TLC etc, you'll love this!
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on 11 August 2008
1. Heartbreaker. 10/10
2. Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme). 9/10
3. Bliss. 10/10
4. How Much. 10/10
5. After Tonight. 9/10
6. X-Girlfriend. 10/10
7. Heartbreaker (Remix). 9/10
8. Vulnerability (Interlude). 7/10
9. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now). 10/10
10. Crybaby. 10/10
11. Did I Do That? 10/10
12. Petals. 8/10
13. Rainbow (Interlude). 6/10
14. Thank God I Found You. 10/10

This is the perfect MC album. The crossover dance hits, the hip producers, bucket loads of producers, gentle ballads. But with the cutesy, retro "Heartbreaker" and so 80s cover, this becomes more than the average Carey album!
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on 8 November 1999
This CD is not bad, kicking off with the new hit "Heartbreaker" and following up with some more subdued, but still fun to sing along with, little ditties that apparently chronical Mariah's self-proclaimed broken hearted year. Some of the best tracks on the album are "Petals", "Ex-Girlfriend" and "Against All Odds" (a remake of the Phil Collins hit, but I think she actually did a pretty good job with it--and I hate all remakes as a rule.) Though the CD gets a bit drippy at times, with overly exaggerated relationship traumas and such, overall its a nice effort.
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on 16 October 2012
Mariah Carey has some excellent albums and singles all throughout her career but what sets her apart from many is her soulful heartfelt singing, and lyrics, alongside classy elegant styles. Each album offers something strikingly different. The rainbow artwork is a reflection of the positiveness, the happiness, and the joys that come from life experiences after the difficult journeys!

When you first hear the beginning there is slow mellow songs with the opening track featuring Jay-Z "Heartbreaker". While it's difficult to be with a heart-breaker sometimes it's hard to let go. The music will take you there and reminisce the times when that special someone had a part of you that perhaps you got lost in the moment of passion.

Other featured artist aside Jay-Z -to name a few- are: Usher, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, and Joe. From my personal tastes, this type of addition definitely adds to the hip-hop mood and enhances the listening experience. A favorite song would have to be "Crybaby" featuring Snoop Dogg. When someone suffers a break-up it's always refreshing to have a nice person to help you just wipe the tears away. This song is fun, warm, embracing and playful to forget that person who did you wrong -suppressing the sadness. My favorite part would be, "OK so it's 5 am and I can't sleep I took some medicine but it's not working.... but I finally changed my number, got a different pager..."

One of my favorite ballads would be "After Tonight" since the moods are of passion, romance, and an uncontrollable desire for someone special. "After tonight will you remember?... Time and time again so patiently I've waited for this moment to arrive." This would be the song to light candles and get special with that person you've fantasized about. The style is slow, mellow R&B.

"Against All Odds" (Take A Look At Me Now) (Phil Collins Song) is sung by Mariah in a very striking way. Her voice shines in clarity, pitch levels, and pleasant sounding styles. For fans of this I recommend the Double Disc Edition Release.

Aside the other songs I can mention for paragraphs on end, the overall feel is of letting go the sadness, weathering the storm, and new beginnings! If you are into up-tempos highly energetic beats or club dance oriented styles then this may not be your top choice. This has mellow/mid-tempo R&B styles of laying back, getting your love moods flowing high, and forgetting your problems.

*There is a Double Disc Version [lyrics included] catalog#: 4893391035425 that has a Bonus Disc featuring Westlife "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) [3:21] Catalog Bonus#: 495065.7 -ASIN: B00005748O
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