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  • Summary: Originally due in August 2001, Mariah Carey's debut for Virgin Records was delayed due to the singer's recent hospitalization, stemming from a nervous breakdown. It is her first album since 1999's 'Rainbow,' and it serves as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name (a 1980s period-pieceOriginally due in August 2001, Mariah Carey's debut for Virgin Records was delayed due to the singer's recent hospitalization, stemming from a nervous breakdown. It is her first album since 1999's 'Rainbow,' and it serves as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name (a 1980s period-piece also starring Carey). The disc includes two covers: "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" and "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life." Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. While Carey has never been a particularly confessional musician, Glitter seems a step in a more cathartic direction, from which subsequent albums should no doubt benefit.
  2. 60
    After years of trading her signature flourishes for a radio-ready purr, she's left with almost no presence at all. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.118]
  3. The downside of Glitter is the downside of all Mariah Carey albums. They're called "ballads," and Mariah still likes them big and goopy, with zero melodic or emotional punch.
  4. Jul 1, 2014
    60
    While the album may have its flaws, it is for the most part a successful period piece that clearly displays Carey's appreciation for all that has come before her.
  5. ''Glitter'' is a mess, but its shameless genre hopping (and Carey's crash) makes it an unintentional concept album about the toll of relentless careerism.
  6. She throws so much sparkle, shine and, yes, glitter at us that even tracks about her friend's suicide and her recent breakup are as glossy as her latest publicity shot.
  7. Glitter continues her slump from gifted to grievous via gratuitous power ballads, dismal disco/R&B and criminal covers of '80s classics. [Oct 2001, p.117]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. JoeT.
    Nov 6, 2001
    10
    She's great. I think I'm in love
  2. Feb 21, 2015
    10
    A wronged album. Once for all, its one of the most inteligent work of pop music. The Way Mariahs wanted to make the music match with movie isA wronged album. Once for all, its one of the most inteligent work of pop music. The Way Mariahs wanted to make the music match with movie is so fantastic. And finally the best dance album of her, differentiating her from boring singer of R&B Like Celine Dion. Expand
  3. JayM
    Dec 25, 2006
    10
    Despite the negative aura around this album, it is Carey's best work. A fresh blend of bubble-gum pop, hip-hop and 1980's beats, Despite the negative aura around this album, it is Carey's best work. A fresh blend of bubble-gum pop, hip-hop and 1980's beats, and a different feel to each song, "Glitter" is much more than gold Expand
  4. JD
    Sep 2, 2005
    9
    Obviously, this album is stereotyped because of the movie with the same name. Yes, the movie wasn't good, but the album sure is. This CD Obviously, this album is stereotyped because of the movie with the same name. Yes, the movie wasn't good, but the album sure is. This CD mixed the best of the '80's with the best of the '00's, making it something extremely unique and very interesting. The standout track is 'Never Too Far' as well as 'Lead The Way'. The worst song on this album is 'Loverboy' and the remix to it. Oh, and I didn't like the Eric Benet song either. Point is, this album is her best vocally. Take a listen to 'Lead The Way', she holds a huge long note for a good 15 seconds, probably more. Also, if you can manage to find this over the internet, she recorded a fabulous song entitled 'There For Me'. It can also be found on the Never Too Far/Hero benefit single. This album is underrated and stereotyped and deserved much better. And many forget to mention 'Glitter' is the best selling soundtrack EVER in Japan and also went Platinum in the US. Expand
  5. May 10, 2015
    7
    Released on September 11 by Virgin Records America in 2001, the horrific day we all remember when America was being attacked, the albumReleased on September 11 by Virgin Records America in 2001, the horrific day we all remember when America was being attacked, the album features a more upbeat sound and is more directive than her past efforts with Sony Music and Tommy Mottola (her ex-husband). Overall, the album is filled with too many songs that are unoriginal and that samples other songs from the past. Highlights of the album are "Loverboy (Remix)", "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica), and "Never Too Far". Expand
  6. RafaelS
    Aug 24, 2004
    7
    As Mariah Carey was out of the spotlight working in her first movie and her world tour, she was working hard to make this soundtrack As Mariah Carey was out of the spotlight working in her first movie and her world tour, she was working hard to make this soundtrack ("Glitter" is not one of her regular albums), she didn't really put all her soul in this work. The remakes she did of the 80s songs weren't that good, but the stuff she wrote on her on were worth at least a Grammy nomination. Songs like Lead The Way and Never Too Far are the best off the album, and if they were released in a wise way, thy could become as famous as "Hero" is. This is NOT a bad album, but the choices Mariah and her staff made in it's release resulted in all these bad reviews she and the album have received. Expand
  7. EllenR.
    Sep 19, 2001
    1
    mariah should look inside herself and stop trying to be a teenybop star. showing alittle emotional depth(even if theres some insanity down mariah should look inside herself and stop trying to be a teenybop star. showing alittle emotional depth(even if theres some insanity down there)would be good for her down the road. shes as fake as her boobs. Expand

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