Review Roundup: Mariah Carey – ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’

Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse

There’s only one Mariah, and she’s not going anywhere. While she’s inspired a new generation of divas, the iconic singer proves she hasn’t lost her luster with her first album in nearly five years, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, in stores today.

On the follow-up to 2009′s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Mimi caters to her diverse fanbase with hip-hop bangers (“Thirsty”), gospel power ballads (“Heavenly”), and disco-soul grooves (“Meteorite”).

She enlists Nas, Fabolous, Miguel, Wale, Stevie Wonder, and even Dem Babies, with production from hitmakers including Jermaine Dupri, Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins, and Q-Tip.

Did MC hit all the right notes with critics? The reviews are in.

Los Angeles Times: A generation of today’s pop singers like Ariana Grande have grown up idolizing Carey, and her sound is again back in vogue. What a treat that this daftly titled album really is a statement of a still-relevant musical identity as well. 2.5/4

USA Today: Gone is the self-consciousness that marred her last studio album, 2009′s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. Instead, Carey gives the impression that her only concerns are meeting her own standards, and those of the fans who have stuck with her through everything. 3.5/4

Entertainment Weekly: Ariana Grande may have been christened the ‘new Mariah,’ but we still need the old one. And she is telling you that she’s not going. B

Newsday: It’s a balance that may be elusive to many, but Carey has nailed it once again on Chanteuse, her strongest effort since 1995′s Daydream.

Boston Globe: What is unfortunately not elusive on the album are a clutch of interchangeable slow-to-midtempo tunes long on pulsating atmosphere—several with distractingly fidgety rhythmic tracks—but short on melody or verve.

AP: The downtempo ballad “You’re Mine (Eternal)” is “We Belong Together” 2.0, while the bouncy “Thirsty” sounds like it was recorded a decade ago.

New York Daily News: Contrary to its title, the new album may be Carey’s least elusive work. Rarely has she made her talent more clear. 4/5

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Dedicated,” “#Beautiful,” “You Don’t Know What to Do,” “Money”

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  1. Stephy Tha Lambily

    Great! I love the album!


  2. MrBizo

    A true master piece of an album!!
    On repeat at the moment…
    MikeWill killed the beat on Faded
    Mariah will always be a force to be reckoned with!!


  3. Hank

    Entertainment Weekly is full of shit. Ariana Grande can’t even live out here without being compared with Mariah at each and every turn just because she’s inspired by her. I can’t wait until the numbers come in, the album has 4 songs on it I actually like and this is not taking anything away from Mariah but she isn’t the IT girl anymore.


    Stephy Tha Lambily Reply:

    @Hank, Mariah was NEVER the IT girl. She was simply a singer/songwriter! Goodbye!


  4. Ulysses

    I haven’t seen it for Mimi since she was emancipated. Time to hang it up and go home to Mincemeat and Milkette.


    Stephy Tha Lambily Reply:

    @Ulysses, Girl bye!


    Miss_Mabs Reply:

    @Ulysses, I am dying at your post… Not mincemeat and milkett though bwahahaha


  5. Tmaiteem

    the more I listen to it, the more I fall in love with it.

    Cry is a tear-jerker!!

    whoever doesn’t like any song on this album is basically full of shit and doesn’t know what real music is!!

    This album is the SHIT!! To the haters: F$CK YOU!!


  6. Ed

    You’re Mine (Eternal) &
    Money !!


  7. @thenormajeane

    The album is pretty damn good.


  8. Alex

    This album is perfect!


  9. Kyle

    There are definitely some strong cuts on here. I love “Dedicated,” “Faded,” and “Make It Look Good”!!!


  10. JD

    I think this is a great album; not Mariah’s strongest body of work but there are enough classics on her to make me happy:

    Your Mine (Eternal)
    You Don’t know What To Do
    The Art Of Letting Go

    I really wish she’d included the Ribbon Remix & the one she did with Snoop.


  11. syncer3

    Love Mariah but this album just not doing it for me and I’m mad she re-did some songs over and put it on this album


  12. DLOC

    Plenty of highlights but The Art Of Letting Go is an instant classic song & pure Mariah. The excellent reviews are a welcomed relief after so many negative predictions…
    Lambs rejoice! MC IS BACK!!
    Often Imitated, Never Duplicated…..


  13. DK

    Its a solid album, however its her image that is the issue which ppl are sick of and is the reason that she does not sell as much as she really should


  14. Daniel

    Oh boy.. This is the greatest thing from her ever.
    The way she combines goodfeel sound on money, meteorite, you don’t know what to do etc. While staying true to it’s original nature etc. just proves that’s she’s a.. musical genious.
    She is the music.. Completely – u can’t touch her.. And it annoys some critics out there ;)


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