Album dark and genuine
There are two types of Mariah Carey: one sings fresh rhythm and blues with hiphop collaborations and the other sings monotonous pop songs. Reporter Aden Miles says Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is home to the rhythm and blues singer, the ‘‘real’’ Mariah C
On her 12th studio album, Mariah Carey along with producers Terius ‘‘ TheDream’’ Nash and Tricky Stewart ignore the obvious choices when it comes to Carey’s talent. Instead they focus on her honey tones.
Memoirs is heavy on slow jams, the quiet bedtime confession types which take you back to the sound Carey had during the 1990s.
Carey co-wrote everything on here, except for her failed attempt at covering Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is.
Apart from the last four songs, which are remixes, the album is tight, fresh, dark and genuine.
The heavily promoted
was the album’s lead single, and was followed by H.A.T.E.U and the Foreigner cover.
Up Out Of My Face, Standing O, It’s A Wrap, Betcha Gon’ Know, Languishing, Angels Cry and Ribbon are also featured.
Just to remind listeners of her abilities, the one-minute-long song Angel ( The Prelude) is sung entirely in whistle register. It’s strange, yet alluring. However Candy Bling, with its late 1990s vibe and summertime lyrics, and The Impossible, a sexy confession to a lover, are absolutely supreme.
Whatever the image, deserved or not deserved, when Mariah Carey is in this kind of mood the result is just fantastic.
MEMOIRS: Mariah Carey’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.