Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse Image
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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.
Score distribution:
  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 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  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. Jun 15, 2014
    10
    Mariah hat echt ein tolles album kreiert, man muss die lieder mehrmals hören um sie zu mögen, so war es z.b bei 'Deadicted und Make It Look Good' die lieder klangen wie aus den 70er und 80er, aber nachdem ich sie mehrmals gehört habe, mochte ich sie....zu meinen Lieblingslieder zählen aufjedenfall 'You Don't Know, Heavenly und Camouflage..........Um ehrlich zu sein kann ich die Negative Kritik nicht nachvollziehen, nur weil Mariah nicht zu ein Mainstream album wie Beyoncé gemacht hat, mögen die anderen es nicht. Es ist ein tolles Contemporary RnB album.....das einzige was sie hätte noch besser machen können, wäre es mit weniger Rapper zu Kollaborieren und ich hätte mehr Balladen statt Dance lieder gemocht. Expand
  4. 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
  5. May 29, 2014
    9
    "Elusive Chanteuse" is probably Carey's most prolific work since 2005's "Emancipation," and hearkens back to the creative experimentation with "Butterfly." Her vocals are no where near what they were in the 90s, and that's okay. Her newer material is written with her present abilities in mind, instead of having to push to sing the classics like "Always Be My Baby" and "Hero." The album is a dichotomy - it sounds steeped in the past, but looks to the future - the bridge of "Cry." has a similar progression as "One Sweet Day;" "Make It Look Good" is similar to "It's a Wrap" from "Memoirs;" "You Don't Know What To Do" is a revamp of "I'm That Chick" from "E=MC2;" and "Camouflage" reads like "Petals" from "Rainbow;" the album succeeds in its nostalgia, its nod to Carey's prolific past and uncertain future - the diva is a dying art form, and Carey is one of the last to embody it. This album won't add to the laundry list of records and awards she's received, though it most definitely should. I find it difficult to isolate and listen to only ONE track - this is truly an ALBUM, and Carey should be proud of creating something so consistent and solid. Expand
  6. May 27, 2014
    8
    Não é novidade que Mariah Carey é impecável quando se trata de poderio vocal. Neste álbum, mais uma vez, ela nos presenteia com um conjunto de canções que vão desde o clássico R&B à baladas acompanhadas de piano. A forma como as canções são interpretadas, somada a habilidade de sua exímia performer, o álbum se torna um destaque na discografia de Mimi. Recomendo: Cry, Faded, One More Try. Expand
  7. Jun 27, 2014
    4
    Really?
    Her worst album, she don't sing like before, you can hear horribles belts, i think there are only a few songs that fit in Mariah
    quality... Cry, #Beautiful, You don't know what to do... Poop! Expand

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