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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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Never Too Far
You're with me Til the bitter end What we had transcends This experience Too painful to Talk about So I'll hold it in Til my heart can mend And be... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. Blender
    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. Q Magazine
    40
    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: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. markj
    Dec 23, 2004
    10
    One of her best efforts to date
  2. carlas
    Jun 10, 2006
    10
    Love thisalbum because it sounds diferent. good party songs and beautiful ballads and uptempos. for me, it's one of the best of her carrer.
  3. Nov 10, 2015
    10
    Despite everything that happened on September 11, the material had a great dance and retro footprint which was later used by Madonna, BrunnoDespite everything that happened on September 11, the material had a great dance and retro footprint which was later used by Madonna, Brunno Mars and others, it is amazing how she can go from one extreme to another. Expand
  4. Jul 3, 2015
    9
    Glittler is an album ahead of its time. Definitely She combined R & B and Hip-Hop and Pop, also disco music in '' Last Night a DJ Saved MyGlittler is an album ahead of its time. Definitely She combined R & B and Hip-Hop and Pop, also disco music in '' Last Night a DJ Saved My Life '' In a way it have never done before on her last Albuns. Expand
  5. Jun 17, 2015
    7
    it's not her best work, neither is the worst, and it was the boldest move in her entire career, sadly after the failure of this album, sheit's not her best work, neither is the worst, and it was the boldest move in her entire career, sadly after the failure of this album, she never dare to step out of her comfort zone 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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