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  • Summary: The first original studio release in five years for the R&B/pop singer features guest appearances from Fabolous, Miguel, Nas, Wale, and her twins.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 29, 2014
    80
    Carey’s back to adding her sparkly touch to summer-ready pop tunes.
  2. Contrary to its title, the new album may be Carey's least elusive work. Rarely has she made her talent more clear.
  3. Jun 16, 2014
    77
    The album sounds exactly, defiantly like Mariah, acknowledging her place in the pop ecosystem both implicitly and explicitly without chomping at the bit.
  4. May 27, 2014
    60
    What is unfortunately not elusive on the album are a clutch of interchangeable slow-to-midtempo tunes long on pulsating atmosphere--several with distractingly fidgety rhythmic tracks--but short on melody or verve.
  5. Jul 7, 2014
    60
    She’s just a comfortable [singer], and that’s a good thing for her. She doesn’t need to be, nor should she ever be elusive. This album proves that in spades.
  6. Jun 2, 2014
    60
    On Mariah Carey's 14th studio album, stylistic cohesion is as elusive as the chanteuse herself.
  7. 42
    She needs great material and she needs star power. But this album doesn’t have great songs, and the only thing that’s changed shape more than an R&B hit in recent years is the definition of star power.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. May 27, 2014
    10
    Back in true form! Mariah is singing like she has not sung since "Butterfly" This album is very reminiscent of that album and I am so excited to listen to this album over and over.

    Stand Out Tracks: Meteorite, Thirsty
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  2. Ruy
    Jun 15, 2014
    10
    This is Mariah's best effort since Butterfly. I think this album has more feeling than TEOM, it's deeper and more personal, the lyrics are more mature and intelligent. This album can be classified as one of the masterpieces such as Daydream, Butterfly and The Emancipation Of Mimi. My personal favorite songs are Make It Look Good, You Don't Know What To Do, Cry, Camouflage, #Beautiful, Meteorite, The Art Of Letting Go, Dedicated and Faded (basically the whole album lol). All of these songs have such amazing lyrics and melodies, Mariah and the producers really did a fine job, most of them are feel good tracks that everybody can relate to and enjoy. Expand
  3. May 27, 2014
    10
    this is incredible. the album's two unabashedly uptempo ditties are also the forums for Mariah's most serious-minded performances, galaxies away from "loving you long time." "You Don't Know What to Do" is a stunning tribute to the soul-shouting piano gospel of Jocelyn Brown's "Somebody Else's Guy," with swirling disco swings turning Mariah herself into the calm, confident eye of a disco hurricane. Expand
  4. May 28, 2014
    9
    They say that the best albums are the ones that you hate at the beginning, but that slowly win you over with every listen. Me. I Am Mariah..... The Elusive Chanteuse is one of these. Do not judge the album solely by its first track Cry., because that is not what it is all about. On the contrary, most of the album is an R&B, power ballad spectacle that showcases l'incroyable voix de notre chateuse Mariah. After several listens, I have come to the realization that she truly blew me away and I can confidently say that this album re-establishes her as the artist we have come to know her as and places her back on the pedestal; her rightful place. I am actually surprised that her singles she had already released did not perform as well as the Emancipation era singles because they are just as great. My favorite songs off the album would have to be Faded and You Don't Know What to Do. There's something about the piano instrumental in Faded that draws you right in like a maritime tide. As for YDKWTD, it's disco influenced and showcases Mariah's vast vocal talent and is just so fun to dance to. Although, I must say that the songs on the second half of the album are not as compelling as the first half (mostly the deluxe edition tracks) but I am pretty sure that they will grow on me, just like the first half. Mariah definitely has something to brag about this time around. Now all that is missing is a Billboard Hot 100 #1 Announcement and a tour (one can only hope). Expand
  5. May 27, 2014
    9
    Nostalgia plays a huge theme in Mariah Carey’s 14th studio album Me. I Am Mariah.. The Elusive Chanteuse. Conclusively, an album that perfectly embodies her musicality and artistry that doesn’t feel slightly trendy yet aptly timeless. When the pop landscape has been nothing but fickle and unforgiving, Mariah finally let go of chasing the trend and fully realized how musically she’s trailblazed and paved the way for a lot of what the genre has become and even inspired the female front runners of this current era.
    Starting the album with a ballad that seemingly would fit right from her debut album back in 1990; ‘Cry.’ sets the mood and the trip to nostalgia carry on for the next several tracks: ‘Faded’, ‘Supernatural’ & ‘Dedicated’ are midtempo jams that could’ve find its way in her more current releases- E=MC2 or Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel. In addition, anyone who is familiar with her more complex work would be glad to find a piece of ‘Butterfly’ in the 90’s house-inspired ‘Meteorite’. And staying true to its theme, the Stevie Wonder surprise cameo ‘Make It Look Good’, we find Mariah relentlessly reminding us that no one can beat her in her own game.
    Whether trying to subtly reference her previous work or not, Chanteuse perfectly and meticulously fuses the classic and the current effortlessly. Taking a hint from last years’ #Beautiful, throwback summer anthem has never been guilt-free in ‘You Don’t Know What To Do’. And predictably, a Mariah Carey album won’t be complete without a classic cover but this time she ante up several notches above with a George Michael classic ‘One More Try’ where her vocal pyrotechnics are on full display. Moreover, the main highlight of Chanteuse is where Carey gets to shine both vocally and lyrically, in tracks like ‘Camouflage’ and ‘Heavenly’, she’s no longer taking the punches and instead, comes undone that both feels hauntingly beautiful and inspiring all at the same time. Me. I Am Mariah might have signaled some serious signs of narcissism but in all actuality, it’s just a body of work of a superstar who has confidently fully realized her place in pop music history, where only a few gets to pioneer and revolutionize.
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  6. Jul 8, 2014
    8
    It was worth having waited almost five years for the album release. This album has a more than perfect Built between Hip-Hop, R & B, Soul, Blue, Disco and Pop Contemporary... It's a great work, worthy of critical acclaim, but Mariah is not to change your prized artistic concept is a bit of the past mixed with the present, and unfortunately it falls short... Expand
  7. Sep 22, 2014
    3
    I Always thought that Mariah Carey was a biggest artist that could do a great album, but I'm really disappointed with "Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse". This album is a piece of all that she did in her career, but it wasn't good to listen. She could do it better, but... I really cannot tell so much. Expand

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