Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. It might not be as hip as it thinks it is, nor is it as catchy as it should be, but it's smooth and listenable.
  2. Emancipation works the kind of pure-pop magic that sets us all free.
  3. While her voice has lost some of its power through the years, "Mimi" deftly showcases her still-considerable pipes with strong lyrics and slick production.
  4. 80
    Sets the gold standard for diva records in 2005. [May 2005, p.118]
  5. A set of predictable, plastic, street-tough R&B jams.
  6. Heavy on ballads and midtempo love songs, it always keeps at least one foot (more often both feet) planted firmly in comforting old-school diva soul. [15 Apr 2005, p.76]
  7. Her sadly depleted voice is again propped up by multi-tracking, and the occasional dog-deafening shriek hardly proves she's recaptured her early acrobatic power. [10 Apr 2005]
  8. 'Mimi' manages the unique trick of being self-indulgent without actually ever sounding much like Mariah. [16 Apr 2005, p.51]
  9. Carey does not completely hearken back to her old days, but The Emancipation of Mimi does prove her staying power.
  10. There aren't any great songs among Mimi's club tunes and pop-chart-conscious tracks, and Carey is still suffering from a serious crisis of confidence.
  11. But whatever the songs lack, they make up for in restraint--brevity keeps you wanting more, which is really Mimi's virtue.
  12. It’s easily the strongest album that she’s made in this millennium, but suffers from the fact that her vocals have deteriorated.
  13. Despite its grim title with its visions of messy self-absorption, The Emancipation of Mimi is - mostly - cool, focused and urban.
  14. On "The Emancipation of Mimi," she disciplines herself into coherence, using fewer tricks and sounding more believable. She also finds what lesser singers can take for granted: a certain lightness that eases her constant sense of control. [11 Apr 2005]
  15. 80
    Mariah gets back to her winning formula with Mimi. [May 2005, p.139]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 270 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 171
  1. Jan 30, 2012
    10
    An amazing R&B retro 70s through back album!!! Every single song is literally perfect. Her vocals are very through especially on Mine AgainAn amazing R&B retro 70s through back album!!! Every single song is literally perfect. Her vocals are very through especially on Mine Again which she really show case it. Full Review »
  2. May 29, 2014
    10
    Mariah uses the retro sounds of the 70, easily making majority of the ballads instant classics. With her power house vocals, she blows theMariah uses the retro sounds of the 70, easily making majority of the ballads instant classics. With her power house vocals, she blows the listeners away. Full Review »
  3. May 5, 2014
    9
    This album is amazing. Truly Mariah's best. The success of We Belong Together just makes it so much of a sweeter experience knowing that greatThis album is amazing. Truly Mariah's best. The success of We Belong Together just makes it so much of a sweeter experience knowing that great music was that successful. Full Review »