This album isn’t quite the album to impress anyone who was throwing Mariah under the bus for fading out of the spotlight. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t an amazing album. This album is one that only true Mariah fans will enjoy, and the reasons are kinda vague so bear with me. Mariah is someone who doesn’t really care if you like her, she just wants to get her statement across. And clearly her statement is changing practically every other song, so this album is super eclectic. And people don’t really like eclectic, because when they buy an album they want a theme, but Mariah is not about that boring life. So if you want themes this album is the furthest thing you can get from it.
Charmbracelet is without doubt Mariah Carey’s most underrated albums. This album is definitely her most personal album. It has too many ballads to count. It’s got depression, love, mom problems, dad problems, people problems, life problems, and basically everything problems. This might be kindof a downer but it makes for good sad music binge with wine and a giant bag of chips. Mariah has always been known for her sad songs. But this album was something else. Maybe she went overboard, but honestly it’s so great to listen to on days like this when literally everything goes wrong. Something about listening to other people’s problems makes mine seem a little less horrible, and that’s Mariah’s turf.
The album “E=MC2” is probably Mariah’s most hip-hop oriented album. It is certainly more modern than any of her previous ones, and it has a much more impersonal approach. In contrast to pretty much every other album she has written, this one is much more about the bops and not the emotion. It seems as if in this album she was trying to appeal to a younger audience and thus made it much more bouncy. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it was a smart move on her part as her light was very clearly fading. But the best part about this “hail-Mary” of sorts was the fact that she got a very recognizable song from it! Have you ever met anyone who didn’t know the song “Touch my Body”? No? Didn’t think so. That was probably one of her greatest hits and it came towards the commonly referred to as “flopriah” era. You go MiMi
Mariah Carey’s movie “Glitter,” was widely regarded as a major flop and was the beginning of Mariah’s career plummet. But what is not so frequently discussed is the soundtrack from the movie. This soundtrack was an absolute roller coaster of genres, emotions, and vocal styles. Mariah co-wrote every single song on the soundtrack and thus poured her whole heart into every piece. Her songs range from hip-hop bops, to smooth pop songs, even to emotional ballads. The movie may not have been an extreme success, but the soundtrack is undeniably a work of mastery. It tells the story of a young aspiring singer who is going through personal mom, boy, and career problems. If that’s not relatable, idk what is. Mariah Carey may have had a mental breakdown, released a horrible movie, and proceeded to become one of the biggest divas in the business (and not necessarily in a good way). But! She never stopped producing deeply personal and masterful pieces of work.
This review talks about Mariah Carey’s self titled debut album, “Mariah Carey.” It breaks her masterpiece down into each song and talks in detail about each one. Mariah Carey’s debut album was an absolute vocal beast. It had everything one could potentially describe as vocally challenging (riffs, runs, whistle notes, belts, low notes, etc.). Mariah Carey not only demonstrates complete vocal prowess but also an extraordinary talent in songwriting (my personal focus). She writes in such a way that appeals to the glamorous bounce of the eighties while still managing to ride the new wave of cutesy, sultry pop of the nineties. This is what makes Mariah Carey easily one of the most talented but also one of the smartest (in the way of trends and pop culture) female singers in herstory.