Album Review: Mariah Carey Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse
First things first, I would like to welcome a founding member of Luscious Judy back to the blog!! When it comes to music and pop culture, Noel is THE GURU. For almost 10 years now, I have relied on him to supply me (and our friend-family) with the hits, before the radio gets 'em, before they're played out. He knows which celebrity rumors are true/false and that Beyoncé is in fact, a member of the Illuminati. A lover of booty poppin, this B has an affinity for belting out R&B hits in his car (RIP EXPLORER) while also saving room on the mix CD for Reba McIntyre and Rilo Kiley. Eclectic does not even begin to describe his taste in music. WELCOME BACK, BISH. (Find him on twitter, @KettleCooked)
We've been waiting for Mariah to make her return and give us the soundtrack to life. Me. I Am Mariah is a good album that, like the best albums do, gets better with repeat listens. Songs I was on the fence about evolve into favorites. It's a more subtle M.C. then we've heard lately(subway gowns and all) and truly balances old and new Mariah in a way that should please every Lamb. By not joining forces with today's hot act, but choosing features that come with a reminiscent feel built in, she comes off confident not desperate. She's whispering nostalgia while staying relevant. Pretty impressive for a pretty and impressive artist on her 14th studio album. ' The Elusive Chanteuse' has shades of Carole King and samples from Wu-Tang Clan, yet it comes off authentic and effortless. The album is incredibly cohesive given the amount of producers, 12 total, and that is to Carey's credit behind the scenes and as a performer. Music is Mariah's science and she is the Einstein of her peers.
Cry - Emotional, piano led ballad that builds beautifully and let's Mariah show us her range and control.
Faded - My choice for single. Mariah reflects on a past lover, over a Mike WiLL Made It beat that knocks and sways throughout. The kind of song that liquor and reminiscing makes perfect. You end up drunk(faded) and singing the shit out of every lyric. The last minute of the song is my favorite moment on the album.
Make it Look Good - The kind of song that sounds like summer. I love songs about having a crush and Mariah captures the jubilation. The song has interpolations of "Let Me Make Love to You" made famous by The O'Jays and featuresStevie Wonder going solo on the harmonica. The best song on the album, just blissful, luscious fun. Should be the biggest hit on the album.
Meteorite - Produced by Q-tip and Mariah. The disco beat lifts off and Mariah takes flight. The kind of song you put on when you're getting ready to go out.
Money ($*/…) - Hit-Boy produced slow bumper about the fact that money means nothing if you don't have your boo.