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  • Summary: Originally due in August 2001, Mariah Carey's debut for Virgin Records was delayed due to the singer's recent hospitalization, stemming from a nervous breakdown. It is her first album since 1999's 'Rainbow,' and it serves as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name (a 1980s period-pieceOriginally due in August 2001, Mariah Carey's debut for Virgin Records was delayed due to the singer's recent hospitalization, stemming from a nervous breakdown. It is her first album since 1999's 'Rainbow,' and it serves as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name (a 1980s period-piece also starring Carey). The disc includes two covers: "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" and "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life." Expand

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Never Too Far
You're with me Til the bitter end What we had transcends This experience Too painful to Talk about So I'll hold it in Til my heart can mend And be... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  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. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. ''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.
  6. 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.
  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]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 41
  2. Negative: 5 out of 41
  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. Expand
  2. May 22, 2020
    10
    Se esperaba una banda sonora al estilo de Whitney, pero la diferencia radicó en la trama. Este proyecto musical debe ser analizado dejando porSe esperaba una banda sonora al estilo de Whitney, pero la diferencia radicó en la trama. Este proyecto musical debe ser analizado dejando por aparte el estereotipo de Mariah de los 90. Este es un disco con identidad propia a pesar de contar con covers que hacen olvidar a los originales. Con temas pop, funk y hip hop, Glitter es una mezcla ecléctica de sonidos que suenan bien y de manera coherente. La voz de Mariah está en perfecto estado. Sin duda, un trabajo musical que merece ser revalorado. Una joya con matices, graves y agudos, resonancia y estilo. Expand
  3. CrystalH.
    Oct 14, 2001
    10
    Mariah Carey has hit it off with this one. It's alot different from her other albums and I LOVE IT. All the critics talking it down... Mariah Carey has hit it off with this one. It's alot different from her other albums and I LOVE IT. All the critics talking it down... well, I don't see any of them working their butts off and I don't think any of them are the best-selling female artist of the nineties with 10 AMAZING albums out. Mariah has got the best voice this world has ever heard, and this album shows all it can do!! Expand
  4. carlas
    Jun 10, 2006
    10
    Love thisalbum because it sounds diferent. good party songs and beautiful ballads and uptempos. for me, it's one of the best of her carrer.
  5. Aug 19, 2019
    9
    I don't know why this album haves such a hate! It's a great album and it deserve so much better, in the charts and the critics. It's reallyI don't know why this album haves such a hate! It's a great album and it deserve so much better, in the charts and the critics. It's really cohesive and her vocals are perfect! #JusticeForGlitter Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2015
    7
    it's not her best work, neither is the worst, and it was the boldest move in her entire career, sadly after the failure of this album, sheit's not her best work, neither is the worst, and it was the boldest move in her entire career, sadly after the failure of this album, she never dare to step out of her comfort zone Expand
  7. Feb 16, 2019
    0
    only 1 decent song, the rest of the album is a mess, the production is all over the place and lyric wise there is not much to talk about

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