Mariah Carey An American Music Super Star

Mariah Carey American Music Star

Mariah Carey
American Music Star

Mariah Carey’s first proper album since 2009 is a  couple covers away from being as nostalgic as the “Glitter” soundtrack. Its  title — well, the part that precedes the ellipses — is taken from a  self-portrait, reproduced on the back, drawn at the age of three and a half.  “I’ll just sit right here and sing that good old school s**t to ya,” she sings  on “Dedicated,” a song seasoned with a Wu-Tang sample, a Nas throwback verse,  and reminiscent chatter. Like many other songs on the album, flashbacks are  laced through the music as well as in the lyrics, with Carey reflecting upon  happier moments in a relationship while either pining or scolding.

 

The feel-good  “You Don’t Know What to Do,” one of a few songs made with Jermaine Dupri and  Bryan-Michael Cox, cleverly interpolates Inner Life’s 1979 disco classic “I’m  Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)” and has Carey channeling the group’s  Jocelyn Brown throughout, especially in the intro. In sharp contrast with  “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” a set produced strictly by Carey, Tricky  Stewart, and the-Dream, this involves numerous co-writers and co-producers who  bring distinct material, from the dusty and dreamy feel of “#Beautiful” (with  Miguel) to the pumping, Eddie Kendricks-sampling “Meteorite” (a Q-Tip  co-production). Additional co-producers Hit-Boy and Mike WiLL Made-It provide  up-to-date elements, while the latter half involves a couple of gospel-flavored  standouts, the latter of which is an inspired tribute to the Reverend James  Cleveland.

 

The quality level is as varied as the sounds — a quality that makes  the set play out like a collection of songs that could have been edited and/or  sequenced in innumerable ways. The standard edition could have done without the  clumpy and jumbled “Money ($ * / …),” the oddly cheap-sounding cover of George  Michael’s “One More Try,” and the stiff and empty “Thirsty,” all of which weigh  down the hour-plus program. Carey unfortunately doesn’t feel nostalgic for the  succinctness of her early albums, but this shows that she’s still capable of  delivering 40 minutes of strong, supremely voiced R&B when she’s up for it.

 

 

( Courtesy MSN & Entertainment News ……… Source ……. NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS)

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