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.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
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  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: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  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 excitedBack 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. May 27, 2014
    10
    This album is really everything us lambs have been asking for for the past 5 years. It's been a long wait, but it's been completely worth it.This album is really everything us lambs have been asking for for the past 5 years. It's been a long wait, but it's been completely worth it. This is Mariah's best effort since her 1997 Butterfly album. I'm truly impressed, and very happy with the result. Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2014
    10
    Após 5 anos reclusa, Mariah nos traz um álbum muito bem trabalhado e maduro, todo o tempo em que Mariah ficou-se a experimentar e testar oApós 5 anos reclusa, Mariah nos traz um álbum muito bem trabalhado e maduro, todo o tempo em que Mariah ficou-se a experimentar e testar o gosto dos fãs e do seu público serviu e muito para que ela desde ''Triumphant'', música pouco ousada e diferente dos seus trabalhos anteriores, voltasse e começasse do zero a refazer esse disco que pelos fãs tinha outro nome,''The Art of Letting Go''.
    Mariah acertou em cheio apostando em ''#Beautiful'', que divide os vocais com Miguel e a faixa acabou se tornando o hit do verão de 2013, uma faixa que soa contemporânea e também retrô. ''Cry.'' é uma balada bem construída e um começo excelente e calmo para o disco, ''Faded'' traz o melhor de ''Don't Forget About Us'' e ''We Belong Together'', com produção de Make Will Made It (''Body Party'', ''Kisses Down Low'', ''We Can't Stop''). Outros destaques são ''Supernatural'' onde a Mariah divide os vocais com seus filhos, ''Meteorite'' que também é mais uma das faixas retrô do disco e com uma pegada que já foi crescente em décadas passadas. ''You Don't Know What to Do'' nos traz uma pegada disco/funk e uma sonoridade já conhecida em álbuns como ''Glitter (2001)'', a faixa passaria despercebida se não fosse cativante, tivesse uma participação bem empregada do rapper Wale, participações infladas e desnecessárias que foram erros um pouco frequentes em sua trilha sonora de 2001 e em ''Triumphant'', onde Mariah parecia apenas a convidada. ''Make It Look Good'' traz uma gaita de Stevie Wonder e uma estrutura que consegue abater qualquer possível monotonia da faixa e a deixa harmoniosa do começo ao fim. ''You're Mine (Eternal)'' que é o single de divulgação do disco, dentro deste consegue ter mais liberdade e soar menos açucarada. ''Dedicated'' traz a participação de Nas e ''Money'' com Fabolous vem na missão de ser uma nova ''Honey''. ''One More Try'' que é um cover de George Michael, consegue ter imposta toda a personalidade musical de Mariah e ter uma interpretação muito melhor que sua prima mais próxima ''I Want To Know What Love Is'', cover do ''Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel'' (2009). O disco encerra com ''Heavenly'', uma faixa gospel e a nível de suas anteriores, como ''Fly Like A Bird'' do premiado disco '''The Emancipation of Mimi'' (2005).
    Em ''Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse'', Mariah nos dá o melhor de seus 24 anos de carreira e mostra o porque de além de ser uma das maiores vocalistas, também é uma grande pioneira entre os gêneros de música pop, r&b e hip-hop e nos traz um retorno mais do que convincente e o melhor trabalho mainstream de uma artista feminina até agora.
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  4. Dec 21, 2016
    9
    Mariah Carey vuelve a experimentar con nuevos géneros en este álbum, lo cual es evidente en canciones cómo "Thirsty", "Dedicated", "You Don'tMariah Carey vuelve a experimentar con nuevos géneros en este álbum, lo cual es evidente en canciones cómo "Thirsty", "Dedicated", "You Don't Know What to Do" y "Meteorite". El álbum es bueno, tiene baladas realmente inspiradoras como "Cry.", "Faded", "The Art of Letting Go" y "You're Mine (Eternal)". Me gusta mucho este disco a comparación de su antecesor "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel" es un muy bailable y a la vez muy diferente y tiene colaboraciones muy bien escogidas. Creo que el tiempo que nos hizo esperar Carey fue oro, ya que nos dió un álbum súper genial. // Mariah Carey returns to experiment with new genres in this album, which is evident in songs like "Thirsty", "Dedicated", "You Don't Know What to Do" and "Meteorite". The album is good, has really inspiring ballads like "Cry.", "Faded", "The Art of Letting Go" and "You're Mine (Eternal)". I really like this record compared to its predecessor "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel" is a very danceable and very different and has very well chosen collaborations. I think the time that made Carey wait for us was gold, since it gave us a great super album. Expand
  5. May 30, 2014
    9
    Mariah Carey delivered her best album since The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). It opens in a very unusual way with a ballad led by a piano and aMariah Carey delivered her best album since The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). It opens in a very unusual way with a ballad led by a piano and a soulful tone, which reminds us of her "Emotions" album (1991). Some of the gems are '#beautiful' (widly known and loved), 'You don´t know what to do' (kind of disco', and probably my favorite because of how good and how different it is from Carey: 'Make it look good', which includes a cameo by Steve Wonder. Of course there´s this epic gospel ending with 'Heavenly' and much more stuff. Cuteness and fresh sound in 'Supernatural', traditional hip hop 'Dedicated' and disco 'Meteorite'. It´s an amazing body of work which grows the more you listen and discover. Thankfully, critics are saying the same. Congrats to Mariah. Expand
  6. May 29, 2014
    8
    This is indeed Carey's best album post Glitter! it even has more memorable jams than the Emancipation of Mimi and is her most solid work inThis is indeed Carey's best album post Glitter! it even has more memorable jams than the Emancipation of Mimi and is her most solid work in years! Best Tracks are Dedicated, Faded, Thirsty, Heavenly, You Don't know what to do & Meteorite!
    Next potential hits: You don't know what to do & Dedicated
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  7. Apr 13, 2015
    0
    Lame, boring, crappy, and Mariah Carey is the worst musician ever! But in person, She is a heck of a lot better than JB whom is a dumb kidLame, boring, crappy, and Mariah Carey is the worst musician ever! But in person, She is a heck of a lot better than JB whom is a dumb kid that got arrested for assault after an ATV collision, threw eggs at his fans, DUI, etc. Avoid MC and JB at ALL COSTS!!!!!!!!!! I also beat both in SSB 3DS / Wii U. Curse ya Bieber and curse ya Carey!!!! Expand

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