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  • Summary: The 12th studio album for the singer was produced with L.A. Reid, Tricky Stewart, and The-Dream.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
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  1. The album reminds you that those budding superstars can’t beat Carey at her own game.
  2. Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is a sprawling, 17-track epic with few obvious singles--but it is loaded with creativity.
  3. It's puzzling to hear one of music's most powerful voices continually corralled into a feathery R&B midrange; imperfections are nowhere to be found on Memoirs, but neither are many true revelations.
  4. A return to core principles, which has produced a handful of pretty love songs and a solid overall, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel certainly isn't the disaster we were promised, but then nor is it a triumph.
  5. Memoirs is Carey’s least pyrotechnic album, its flow is as important as its tunes, and while Carey is still given to acrobatic vocal displays, her lattice of subtler vocal overdubs softens and strengthens those flights.
  6. Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel will stand out in Carey's catalog as an experiment that illuminates her place in the pantheon without either boosting it or damaging it.
  7. Though it's commendable to stick with one set of producers to give a sense of cohesion, Memoirs could have done with some variation.

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  1. Positive: 41 out of 51
  2. Negative: 8 out of 51
  1. TarekM.
    Oct 1, 2009
    10
    MC's latest doesn't disappoint but in fact proves to be a very refreshing R&B experience.
  2. DrewM.
    Oct 1, 2009
    10
    Memoirs is one of Mariah Carey's most cohesive and sonically enthralling albums. Those looking to find your usual brand of throwaway Memoirs is one of Mariah Carey's most cohesive and sonically enthralling albums. Those looking to find your usual brand of throwaway uptempos found on the radio today may only be satisfied with the lead single "Obsessed" because this album is full of Mariah's signature ballads and mid-tempo R&B grooves. Her voice is very understated, yet she still manages to show off her impressive range. Favorites include: "HATE U" - by far the standout track of the album, this is a beautiful ballad about needing to hate someone in order to get past them. One of the most melodically interesting ballads of Mariah's career, everything works here from the soft whispering to the climactic belting to the signature high notes at the end of each chorus. "Candy Bling" - This song will truly take you "back in the day" when Mimi was 12 (well, she still is sort of) "walking through the park every Saturday" with her boyfriend "kissing time away." This is lyrically one of Mariah's best songs ever as it paints a beautiful and nostalgic picture of childhood most of us have forgotten. "It's a Wrap" - This song was the biggest surprise of the album. This song is packed with soul, heartbreak, and humor as Mariah sings "I know you seen me calling and calling, I should crack you right in your forehead" and "I told you one more time if you effed up it's over." Rare for Mariah these days, the entire song is sung in her full voice and has an irresistable doo wop feel that will take you back to the days of "Vision of Love," "Always Be My Baby," and "Forever" with a fiestier new twist. "Angels Cry" - Sure, it's a bit of rehash melodically, but the lyrics on this song far surpass the lyrics on any of the songs it rehashes. Though no one line really illustrates this, Mariah paints a beautiful picture of a "limitless, omnipresent kind of love" that is so powerful (and perhaps isn't even romantic love as she fails to use words like "baby" or "boy") that the angels cry because of its absence. Ironically the weakest track on the album is probably her cover of Foriegner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" - ironic because it was hyped as the song to sell the album. But even though it lacks a lot of what makes Mariah's music special on this album - understated vocals, original and playful lyrics, and original arrangements - it's still a surprisingly nice end to the album. Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2013
    10
    All 17 songs are beautifully crafted and smartly track listed starting with The Prologue with a good heavy beat and ending with a new shortAll 17 songs are beautifully crafted and smartly track listed starting with The Prologue with a good heavy beat and ending with a new short and charming version of I Want to Know What Love Is. Lyrics are a precise description of emotions, the vocals are sweet and strong accompanied with R&B/Hip-Hop/Soul beats. Memoirs succeeds as an empowering album for those with something to let go. Easy, soft and beautiful. Favorite tracks: Obsessed, H.A.T.E. U, Candy Bling, Inseparable, Standing O, It's a Wrap, Up Out My Face, More Than Just Friends, Angels Cry and Languishing (and the reprises and interludes). Expand
  4. MariaK
    Oct 3, 2009
    10
    Mariah made this album for the fans who stood y her through thick and thin, and not for the critics. Fans are going to love this!
  5. BaseDrop
    Sep 30, 2009
    9
    Now I know there are going to be haters because this is a vastly different approach for MC, but for those who are willing to take a chance, Now I know there are going to be haters because this is a vastly different approach for MC, but for those who are willing to take a chance, you are going to end up loving this album. "Angel" is truely an album for a Mrs. Carey who is coming into a different light. Credit her happiness with Nick Cannon which shines on this album, or credit her perfect timing for teaming up with Tricky Stewart and The Dream, but I am personally glad to see MC go back to her R&B roots after a long hiatus since Butterfly, minus the little dabbling she did in Emancipaiton. On a second note, I even like that she has returned to singing along with just a piano, which I haven Expand
  6. Jun 13, 2011
    8
    Wow! "Obsessed" seems like it is trying to pander too much to pop music standards, and "H.A.T.E.U." is kind of boring and doesn't have much ofWow! "Obsessed" seems like it is trying to pander too much to pop music standards, and "H.A.T.E.U." is kind of boring and doesn't have much of a beat. However, the rest of the album, especially "Up Out My Face" and "I Want to Know What Love Is", is solid. The former, with a remix featuring Nicki Minaj, is the best original track on the album. Her cover of "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner is absolutely perfect and the pain in her vocals match the sad lyrics immaculately. I would go so far as to say it's an improvement over the original. Expand
  7. JoshM.
    Sep 29, 2009
    0
    This is horrible and generic even for Mariah!

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