E=MC2

  • Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: Apr 15, 2008
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Like so much of "Emancipation" and E=MC2, which is a virtual replica of its predecessor in almost every way, 'Touch My Body' is all about sound, rhythm, and texture and not so much about song, something that helps sustain Mariah Carey's run at the top the charts, but something that also pushes melodic hooks, and in the process singing, into the background.
  2. At the end of the day, however, E=MC2 is nothing more than a shallow imitation of its predecessor, the unexciting kid cousin of an arena-sized R&B watermark.
  3. Uncut
    40
    Adhering to commercially fixated standards of production line R&B, E=MC2 charms soon melt away. [Aug 2008, p.87]
  4. Nearly every song confines Carey to four-note verses, offering little room for her glorious range, and the six ballads are drenched in yearbook-quote lyrics that never quite work themselves into the froth of "The Emancipation of Mimi."
  5. There is some insubstantial filler here, but more often than not, E = MC2 hits the mark.
  6. It is in the same vein [as "The Emancipation of Mimi"], but much less good.
  7. E=MC2 is a little better--the songwriting is more consistent, the feel a bit more natural--but it too lacks a ruling temperament or artistic vision.
  8. That leaves the expected collection of highly buffed beats, a dozen producers deep, which occasionally generates material that ranks with Mariah's best.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 185 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 82
  2. Negative: 16 out of 82
  1. Apr 18, 2015
    8
    We really need this man, this enjoyable and -easy listening- record that it's well produced. With this LP Mimi really brings the levity, alsoWe really need this man, this enjoyable and -easy listening- record that it's well produced. With this LP Mimi really brings the levity, also the fun and the essence of her previous work. Her most dance an "poppy" sound displays a more concentrated Mariah and multiple collaborations. This mix of club jams and power ballads shows the real hitmaker of the 90's. The natural lyrics seems like it was Mariah's diary, it's a personal one, even though it seems -at the same time- too risky and fabricated for mainstream but at the end we have a enjoyable material and that's a fact.

    Highlights: I Stay In Love, For The Record, Touch My Body.
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  2. Jul 12, 2013
    8
    I love this album! Very fun and creative. While it is REALLY similar (in terms of track order) to 'Emancipation', it is nonetheless good. SheI love this album! Very fun and creative. While it is REALLY similar (in terms of track order) to 'Emancipation', it is nonetheless good. She knows how to make albums. My favorite tracks are 'I'm That Chick' for its sexiness and grooviness, 'Cruise Control' for its playfulness and her decision to collaborate with Marley, and 'Bye Bye' for the message it gives. This is a feel-good album that I'll listen to in any situation. It's my 2nd favorite Mariah album behind 'Emancipation', but it is indeed remarkable. Fun fact: This was actually the first Mariah album I ever owned. I really got into music a couple years back. This album helped me discover more artists and more Mariah albums. Mariah is one of my favorite artists of all time and this album will always be a part of me. The title is fun too. Full Review »
  3. Nov 30, 2012
    8
    Her highest reviewed album in years