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  • Summary: After proving that all that Glitters is not gold, can the best-selling female artist of the 1990s manage a hit in the 21st century?

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Through The Rain
When you are caught in the rain With nowere to run When you're distraught And in pain, without anyone and you feel so far away That you just can't... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. An inspired and diverse 15-song opus.
  2. Vibe
    70
    Classic Mariah--for better or worse. [Feb 2003, p.137]
  3. While fans of her early-'90s material will find much to embrace here, those that rallied 'round the singer during her hip-hop days may feel lost and abandoned.
  4. Thankfully, there are a few genuinely affecting moments.
  5. Carey's once glorious voice is all over the place, her rainbow-and-stars lyrics come off like the notebook doodles of a 12-year-old girl, and her song selection is shocking.
  6. Her voice is damaged, and there's not a moment where it sounds strong or inviting. That alone would be disturbing, but since the songs are formless and the production bland -- another reason why the hip-hop announces itself, even though it's nowhere near as pronounced as it has been since Butterfly -- her tired voice becomes the only thing to concentrate on, and it's a sad, ugly thing, making an album that would merely have been her worst into something tragic.
  7. What's particularly, notably bad here is its production.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 51
  2. Negative: 13 out of 51
  1. MariçtiU
    Dec 13, 2004
    10
    Really great CD, Congratulations.
  2. Jun 2, 2016
    10
    This is one of her best albums, every song is indeed great! it's more intimate r&b-soul than pop-vocal.
    Clown, The One, You Got Me, I Only
    This is one of her best albums, every song is indeed great! it's more intimate r&b-soul than pop-vocal.
    Clown, The One, You Got Me, I Only Wanted and then those 3 in a row tracks You Had Your Chance-Lullaby-Irresistible making this album amazing and addictive!
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  3. Jan 24, 2016
    10
    Mariah Carey's album charmbraclet is one of her best albums yet. Through the rain is the best song on the album and will always be one of myMariah Carey's album charmbraclet is one of her best albums yet. Through the rain is the best song on the album and will always be one of my favorite songs ever. All the other songs are great too. Expand
  4. Jun 20, 2019
    9
    Amazing album!! Does not have many standout tracks but it is a perfect piece of work sonically and lyrically!
  5. Jul 30, 2012
    8
    Charmbracelet is an acquired taste that will probably only be loved by her closest fans, though there are flashes of brilliance for everyoneCharmbracelet is an acquired taste that will probably only be loved by her closest fans, though there are flashes of brilliance for everyone to enjoy, from the final explosive chorus of "Through The Rain" to the rock-influenced drama of "Bringing On The Heartbreak". The album's biggest fallback is its insistence on undersinging, which is all the more infuriating coming from a woman known for her voice. Looking past that however, there melodies are solid, the lyrics are fresh, and the album works together well as a whole. Expand
  6. Martijn
    Nov 24, 2003
    4
    Inspite of some great tracks, it is not what we waited for. Too much r&b and rap, too little songs that touches the heart. Exceptionts are Inspite of some great tracks, it is not what we waited for. Too much r&b and rap, too little songs that touches the heart. Exceptionts are "Through the Rain", "Bringing on the Heartbreak", and maybe "Yours". The rest are cheap "want to be hot like J-Lo" mistakes. It's sad because she can be number one and in the past she proofed to be brilliant.... We will wait for a "Musicbox" and "Daydream"... Expand
  7. GY!BE
    Dec 14, 2002
    0
    Is Mariah Carey the most pathetically lame "artist" in music today? Absolutely. Is this album complete and total shit? You bet. So why does Is Mariah Carey the most pathetically lame "artist" in music today? Absolutely. Is this album complete and total shit? You bet. So why does she carry on making records? Because apparently she isn't in on the joke: her. Expand

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