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

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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

Ob­sessed

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.

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