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    So far, this may be the best reviewed cd in her catalogue and it very well deserves it. I hope this album has legs in this fickle world of music. If so, we can expect a major possible grammy contender for album of the year once more for a 4th time in her career!

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    The new album is exquisite.  And she sounds INCREDIBLE.  Without a doubt, her best album since Emancipation.  I even think it’s better than Emancipation from an artistic standpoint.  Emancipation had more potential singles and easier melodies, but this one really hits you in the gut.

    Favorite tracks: CAMOUFLAGE!, Make it Look Good, You Don’t Know What to Do, and #Beautiful (obviously)
    Least favorite: Meteorite…  Though some fans seem to LOVE it… 

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    The new album is exquisite.  And she sounds INCREDIBLE.  Without a doubt, her best album since Emancipation.  I even think it’s better than Emancipation from an artistic standpoint.  Emancipation had more potential singles and easier melodies, but this one really hits you in the gut.

    Favorite tracks: CAMOUFLAGE!, Make it Look Good, You Don’t Know What to Do, and #Beautiful (obviously)
    Least favorite: Meteorite…  Though some fans seem to LOVE it… 

    Thanks carol channing for understanding how great this piece of work is. We waited patiently and she delivered beyond expectations! 

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    Artistically, this is perhaps her best album since “Butterfly.”  There truly is a deep personal feel to the album and she doesn’t just seem to be going through the motions in order to get a hit.    I can imagine that most of the reviews will be pretty positive, but I know her detractors will have a field day when it doesn’t sell as much as her previous efforts.   However, the woman has been in the industry for nearly 25 years and this album rivals what just about any female solo pop artist out now could put out.    Hopefully she can garner some Grammy nominations for it.  

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    This album surprised the hell out of me. I’ve liked all of the pre-release songs anyway, but the album as a whole is really a strong piece of work front to back. I agree with Troy; there’s a deep personal feel to the album. The singing, lyrics, melody and instrumentation is gorgeous. The uptempo bangers like “You Don’t Know What to Do” are serious high moments, but it’s the quiet, introspective ballads like “Cry,” “Heavenly” and “Camouflage” that really pack a punch. My only complaint is that she could’ve cut a couple of the slower songs.

    Still, it doesn’t matter how many copies this album sells or if it gets any awards nominations/wins. This might very well be one of the best and most consistent albums of MC’s career.

    After listening to the album, I’m not surprised the reviews are so positive.

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    Well it took her 5 years and numerous pushed back release dates…but she’s done it! I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I love this album. Let’s be honest there’s nothing remotely new about any of the stylings on the album, but Mariah has managed to create an extremely solid product that should please fans and critics alike. Everything works! The lyrics, the melodies, the production. EVERYTHING. I would say the only true misstep on the album is “Meteorite”, but even that track isn’t that bad.

    Mariah’s Grammy ship seems to have sailed, and I’m sure her sales numbers won’t be blockbuster, but she should be extremely happy with the album. Many people doubted if she would be able to create another great album, but it looks like she pulled it off. Kudos to Mariah!

    Favorite Track: “Faded” (This is Mariah doing the Urban/Hip Hop vibe at her BEST!)

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    Funny I think “Faded” is the worst song on the album.

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    Honey, I must be hearing something different.  The few songs I’ve heard so far suck. 

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    I LOVE Faded!

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    It’s album release day…. so excited…. just again stunned(but not really because i don’t expect nothing but the best from mariah) and the reviews are phenomenal… here are so more very positive reviews… so far the metacritic score is a 74 and only 4 reviews they have posted so far and i seen a lot of others that weren’t included so that score will be going up. Get it Mariah!

    HOUSTON CHRONICLE: In title alone, “Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse” is business as usual for Mariah Carey. She’s no stranger to unwieldy titles. (“The Emancipation of Mimi,” “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.”) But the alternately bewildering and bewitching diva does something here she hasn’t in a long time. She lets the music take center stage.

    “The Elusive Chanteuse,” online and in stores Tuesday, is Carey’s strongest work in years, her most fully realized album since 2005’s “Mimi” comeback. In fact, the new album bears strong resemblance to that earlier comeback. It’s a stirring, soulful showcase for her lush, honeyed voice. The tunes are nostalgic and familiar without feeling like simple retreads. And it sounds like she’s simply having a great time. It’s one of the year’s most effortless, enjoyable listens.

    Carey teams with producer Jermaine Dupri for several songs, and he again brings out the best in her as a performer, deftly balancing pop and R&B strengths with her penchant for hip-hop – without letting her teeter too far in any direction. It makes for a collection of many compelling moments.

    Carey reasserts her power with “Cry,” the rousing, gospel-tinged piano ballad that opens the album. It feels good to hear her singing songs like this again, reminders of what first made her such a unique pop force. It’s classic Carey in the vein of past hits “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time” and “Can’t Let Go.” She stays in that lane through standouts “Camouflage,” “Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now)” and a faithful cover of George Michael’s “One More Try.”

    It was initially alarming to see producer Mike Will Made-It listed among the credits. (This is the man, after all, who helped reinvent Miley Cyrus’ musical image.) But Carey isn’t interested, thankfully, in becoming a twerk queen. Instead, the pair came up with “Faded,” a dreamy midtempo that fits nicely alongside earlier hit “#Beautiful” featuring Miguel and recent single “You’re Mine (Eternal),” which should have been a bigger comeback hit.

    Carey dips deeper into hip-hop during “Dedicated” featuring Nas and “Thirsty,” which both ride effortless club grooves. She coos alongside her twins, Monroe and Moroccan, during “Supernatural,” a sweet addition to the line of superstar mom lullabies. And she hits the dance floor during buoyant disco throwbacks “You Don’t Know What to Do” and “Meteorite,” which kicks off with a signature Andy Warhol sentiment.

    “Everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes,” Carey says amid a hazy groove. She’s managed to last much longer, obviously. And “The Elusive Chanteuse” should ensure the ride continues for much longer.


    LOS ANGELES TIMES: The music on Mariah Carey’s new album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse would be hard pressed to follow the inscrutable splendor of its title. But take her word for it — this record really is enjoyably elusive. No one doubts Carey’s ability as a belter, but now she’s cut a perfectly modest, sonically contemporary album without any need to show off her glass-shattering range… “Dedicated (Ft. Nas)” has some of her guest’s ’90s New York glow in its production; her duet with Miguel, “#Beautiful,” is actually much more timeless and indebted to vintage R&B than its unfortunate hashtag title would suggest. “You’re Mine (Eternal)” is the album’s highlight, with jittery rave synths bolstering a feather-soft breakup lament. A generation of today’s pop singers like Ariana Grande have grown up idolizing Carey, and her sound is again back in vogue. What a treat that this daftly titled album really is a statement of a still-relevant musical identity as well.


    BOSTON GLOBE: Under the guiding hand of old buddy, producer Jermaine Dupri and help from a cavalcade of friends — including rappers Nas and Wale, soul crooner Miguel, and Stevie Wonder pitching in on harmonica — Me. I Am Mariah…offers up rhythmic hip-hop pop, gospel-inflected power ballads, old-school soul, and straight-up disco fantasias.

    Miguel injects oomph and warmth into throwback gem “#Beautiful,” the relentless yet elegant “Meteorite” would make Donna Summer shimmy, and “Cry” summons all the highs and lows of Carey’s still powerful — and sometimes pleasantly dusky — voice in service of a commanding song.


    TORONTO STAR: On the immodestly (and somewhat cumbersomely) titled Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse then, the New York-based diva generally sticks to what works. Which is probably the best course of action since her last record, 2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, made an admirable bid to mess with the Mariah formula a bit and suffered the commercial consequences accordingly.

    No, people don’t want “experimentation” from Mariah Carey, no matter how mild that experimentation might be. People want Mariah Carey to do exactly what Mariah Carey is supposed to do: throw herself full-tilt into an ooey-gooey ballad or three, play the flirty hip-hop coquette a couple of times and turn that powerhouse voice loose over the most expensive contemporary R&B production money can buy.

    She does all that on I Am Mariah and in fairly good form, too. With longtime right-hand man Jermaine Dupri overseeing the proceedings, Carey ticks off all the requisite Mariah Carey boxes in the finest form in a while. “Cry” gets the melodramatic ballad out of the way right off the top, cycling back to the stock in trade on which her name was originally staked later on in match-fit style on “One More Try.”

    “Faded,” “Thirsty” and “Meteorite” dip into plush 21st-century R&B. “Dedicated” samples the Wu-Tang Clan and invites Nas to guest on the mike in capable service of the genre known as “hip-hop soul,” while “Money ($*/…)” recruits Fabolous in service of the same and the bonus track, “It’s a Wrap,” goes right to the Queen herself, Mary J. Blige, for a sumptuous slab of modern-day girl-group whimsy.

    “Make It Look Good” is vamp-y soul, “Supernatural” is invitingly groovy wee-hours house, “You Don’t Know What to Do” is an effervescent bedroom jam and “Camouflage” finds Mariah dipping a toe into Kylie’s futuristic dance-music universe and conducting herself most respectably.

    Lots of guests, too, to add value to your product: Wale, Miguel, R. Kelly and Stevie Wonder contributing harmonica to “Make It Look Good.” And, hey, you even get a version of “America the Beautiful” if you spring for the deluxe package.

    Mariah doing Mariah. If you’re into that, you’ll have no complaints.


    KENTUCKY COURIER-JOURNAL: Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse gives Carey’s fans exactly what they wanted with a 1990s vibe so strong that you’ll be checking your calender. It even has Rodney Jerkins and Jermaine Dupri as producers. Sometimes you can go back. 

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    Mariah Carey’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah’ review: Songstress nails it on latest effort

    Mariah Carey is at her best when she feels like the underdog.

    It’s a tough mindset for the Greenlawn native, considering she was crowned the top-selling female artist of the last millennium and has more No. 1 singles than any other woman. However, she somehow convinces herself of it again, even if much of the drama was self-generated.

    After several high-profile delays and changes of direction, Carey heads back to her musical sweet spot on “Me. I Am Mariah . . . The Elusive Chanteuse” (Def Jam), big R&B ballads that show off her powerful voice and its stunning range. While Carey, in recent years, has been concerned with sounding timely, on “Chanteuse,” she goes for timeless, with grand results.

    She opens with the lovely “Cry,” which should send fans of “Vision of Love”-era, melisma-loving Mariah into a swoon. She tackles George Michael’s ballad “One More Try” by adding a whole new layer of emotion with her high-flying vocals.

    Carey hasn’t abandoned her love of hip-hop production, but she’s opting for a more laid-back approach this time. On “Dedicated,” she pays tribute to hip-hop’s heyday with Nas, but settles into a ’90s-style groove, while “Made It Look Good” feels like an early Kanye West production. Her duet with Wale, “You Don’t Know What to Do,” floats by on disco-era breeziness. Even the new single “Thirsty” manages to be strong-willed without being aggressive.

    It’s a balance that may be elusive to many, but Carey has nailed it once again on “Chanteuse,” her strongest effort since 1995’s “Daydream.”

    MARIAH CAREY
    “Me. I Am Mariah . . . The Elusive Chanteuse”

    THE GRADE A-

    BOTTOM LINE Once again, Mariah proves she thrives on drama.

    Source: Newsday
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    Hits Daily Double is predicting first week sales of 65k-75k for Mariah’s new album. #Yikes

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