• Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Sep 11, 2001
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. While Carey has never been a particularly confessional musician, Glitter seems a step in a more cathartic direction, from which subsequent albums should no doubt benefit.
  2. Jul 1, 2014
    60
    While the album may have its flaws, it is for the most part a successful period piece that clearly displays Carey's appreciation for all that has come before her.
  3. Blender
    60
    After years of trading her signature flourishes for a radio-ready purr, she's left with almost no presence at all. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.118]
  4. The downside of Glitter is the downside of all Mariah Carey albums. They're called "ballads," and Mariah still likes them big and goopy, with zero melodic or emotional punch.
  5. She throws so much sparkle, shine and, yes, glitter at us that even tracks about her friend's suicide and her recent breakup are as glossy as her latest publicity shot.
  6. ''Glitter'' is a mess, but its shameless genre hopping (and Carey's crash) makes it an unintentional concept album about the toll of relentless careerism.
  7. Q Magazine
    40
    Glitter continues her slump from gifted to grievous via gratuitous power ballads, dismal disco/R&B and criminal covers of '80s classics. [Oct 2001, p.117]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 181 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 181
  1. Nov 10, 2015
    10
    Despite everything that happened on September 11, the material had a great dance and retro footprint which was later used by Madonna, BrunnoDespite everything that happened on September 11, the material had a great dance and retro footprint which was later used by Madonna, Brunno Mars and others, it is amazing how she can go from one extreme to another. Full Review »
  2. Aug 13, 2020
    10
    Es un álbum muy bueno y tiene canciones como lead the way que marcan su rango vocal el cual es magnífico
  3. Nov 16, 2019
    10
    It's really sad that this album was so hated on because it's actually really good. Mariah was ahead of her time and there's a reason why thisIt's really sad that this album was so hated on because it's actually really good. Mariah was ahead of her time and there's a reason why this album soared to #1 on iTunes and many other countries on November 15, 2018. My favorite track is "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life". This album deserves better and I highly recommend purchasing it. Don't know what they were thinking back then making this flop. It will always be ahead of its time. No other girl has the talent to do what Glitter did. Full Review »