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Despite her formidable super-diva status, Mariah Carey is a vulnerable girly-girl at heart -- or at least that's what's suggested by her sugar-and-spice album titles, from Music Box, Butterfly, and Rainbow to her latest, Charmbracelet. But there's a lot more to …  See more details below


Despite her formidable super-diva status, Mariah Carey is a vulnerable girly-girl at heart -- or at least that's what's suggested by her sugar-and-spice album titles, from Music Box, Butterfly, and Rainbow to her latest, Charmbracelet. But there's a lot more to Charmbracelet than its cute title. This is, after all, Carey's first disc since 2001 -- the year her movie Glitter and its soundtrack bombed, she was dropped by Virgin Records, and she had a well-publicized nervous breakdown. So how does the resilient Ms. Carey bounce back? With an earnest, fresh-sounding collection her fans will love from start to finish. In the vein of her hip-hop-inspired hits "Fantasy" (featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard) and "Breakdown" (featuring Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony), "Boy" features rapper Cam'ron and samples his 2002 song of the same name. For the most part, however, the disc is anchored by sparse mid-tempo tracks and soul-baring ballads that flaunt the singer-songwriter's still pristine five-octave range. Standouts include the sweet-and-sour "Clown" -- where she levels lyrical disses, such as "You should have never intimated we were lovers/When you know very well we never even touched each other," at rap bad boy Eminem -- her climactic cover of Def Leppard's "Bringin' On the Heartbreak," and the gospel-inspired "Saving Grace." On the latter track, Carey muses: "I've still got a lot to learn, but I know where I can turn." From the sound of things, however, this Madame Butterfly has learned from her hardships and found the strength to Carey on.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
From the demure photos gracing the artwork (the tight shorts of Rainbow are long gone) and the first single/opening track "Through the Rain," a slow ballad designed as "Vision of Love" meets "Hero," it's evident that Mariah is back in the adult contemporary camp. She hasn't completely abandoned hip-hop -- Jay-Z and Freeway guest on "You Got Me," there's a the club-ready groove for "You Had Your Chance" (built on the same bassline as "Nuthin' But a G Thang"), and a take-off of Cam'ron's "Oh Boy" on "Boy (I Need You)" (which he endorses with a cameo); there's the crackling vinyl used as ambient noise on "Irresistible," and the use of dripping water as percussion on "I Only Wanted." She also covers Def Leppard's power ballad classic "Bringin' on the Heartbreak."
New York Times - Kelefa Sanneh
There's a spirited kiss-off called "Clown," which seems to be aimed at Eminem, who has boasted of a dalliance with Ms. Carey. And "Yours," produced with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, is a delectable combination of breathy vocals and playful rhythms.
New York Post
With Charmbracelet, Carey offers a reminder to anyone who's forgotten she has an incredible, shivers-down-your-spine, five-octave range. Dan Aquilante

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Performance Credits

Mariah Carey   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
John Patitucci   Bass
Michael Thompson   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Guitar (Nylon String)
Bobby Ross Avila   Guitar
Trey Lorenz   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Robert Bacon   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Charlie Bisharat   Strings,String Quartet
Denyse Buffum   Viola
Darius Campo   Strings,String Quartet
Larry Corbett   Cello
Kenneth Crouch   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Joel Derouin   Strings,String Quartet
Karen Dreyfus   Viola
Jermaine Dupri   Background Vocals
Armen Garabedian   Strings,String Quartet
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Jimmy Jam   Guitar
Peter Kent   Strings,String Quartet
Myung Hi Kim   Violin
Trevor Lawrence   Percussion,Drums
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Terry Lewis   Guitar
Rob Mathes   Conductor
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Laura Seaton   Violin
Carl "Butch" Small   Percussion
Evan Wilson   Viola
John Wittenberg   Strings,String Quartet
Mary Wooten   Cello
Andrew Sherman   Piano
Susan Chatman   Strings,String Quartet
Lionel Cole   Piano,Synthesizer Bass
Karen Elaine Bakunin   Viola
Lesa Terry   Strings,String Quartet
Michael Hart Thompson   Percussion,Strings,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Guitar (Nylon String)
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Melissa Kleinbart   Violin
Jay-Z   Rap
David Ryan Harris   Guitar
Randy Jackson   Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Soloist
Melonie Daniels   Background Vocals
Kelly Price   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cam'ron   Rap
Sara Parkins   Strings,String Quartet
Ann Kim   Violin
Billy Odum   Guitar
Mary Ann Tatum   Background Vocals
Eve Butler   Strings,String Quartet
Eric Johnson   Acoustic Guitar
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Robert Rinehart   Viola
Printz Board   Trumpet
Elizabeth Dyson   Cello
Lisa Kim   Violin
Fiona Simon   Violin
Kevin Guarnieri   Overdubs
Big Jim   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jeremy McCoy   Bass
Jung Sun Yoo   Violin
Liza Lim   Violin
Dawn Hannay   Viola
Dan Smith   Strings,Cello
John Lemkuhi   Percussion
Alyssa Park   Strings,String Quartet
Steve Richards   Strings,Cello
Michele Richards   Strings,String Quartet
Michelle Richards   Strings,String Quartet
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon   Guitar,Soloist
Daniel Smith   Cello
Matt Gunes   Viola
William Odum   Guitar
Jeremy Turner   Cello
Soohyun Kwon   Violin
Mario de León   Strings,String Quartet
Matthew Funes   Viola
Melanie Daniels   Background Vocals
Tom Rosenthal   Viola
Rob Bacon   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leon Haywood   Composer
Dexter Wansel   Composer
John Mitchell   drum programming
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Mariah Carey   Composer,Producer
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Steve Clark   Composer
Kenneth Crouch   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer
Joe Elliott   Composer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Producer,Instrumentation
Trevor Lawrence   Composer,drum programming
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Theodore Life   Composer
Rob Mathes   String Arrangements
Alexander Richbourg   drum programming,Vocal Programming
Jon Smeltz   Engineer
Lloyd Smith   Composer
Phil Tan   Engineer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Pete Willis   Composer
Lionel Cole   Composer
Ken Lewis   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Contractor
James Harris   Composer
Randy Jackson   Composer,Producer
Colin Miller   Engineer
Steve Kempster   String Mixing
Rick Patrick   Direction
Brian Springer   Engineer
Florian Ammon   Vocal Engineer
Andre Harris   Composer
Vice   Programming
James "Big Jim" Wright   Composer,Producer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Bill Molina   Engineer
Charity Lomax   Contracting
Mary Ann Tatum   Composer
J. Smith   Producer,Instrumentation
Dana Chappelle   Engineer
Damizza   Producer
Vidal Davis   Composer
O'Shea Jackson   Composer
Kevin Guarnieri   Engineer
Damion Young   Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
7 Aurelius   Composer,Programming,Producer
Asif Ali   Engineer
John Lemkuhi   Sound Design
John D. Mitchell   drum programming
Justin Smith   Composer
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements
Kevin G.   Engineer
John Smeltz   Engineer
Asif Ali   Engineer
Kevin G.   Engineer
Rob Bacon   Composer
Paul Gregory   Engineer
Bill Molina   Engineer

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Charmbracelet 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 299 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah´s new studio album since Rainbow is hot this album is better than her december realize it has more songs My fave songs are Through The Rain,The One,Yours,My Saving Grace,You Got Me,I Know What You Wan´t,Irresistible west side connection,Subtle Invitation,Bringin on the heartbreak and some of the new songs as the duet with Da-Brat There goes my heart. I Recommend this album to every one who loves Mariah Carey. I Found a new clip of a song called Everytime with Mariah on the internet the song was suppose to be on Glitter but it wasn´t ever realized neither as a single this clip is just awesome pure RN,B as they do best and the good news is there are NO RAPPERS on it Mariah sound so great and i can´t find the whole version if some one of you out there Mariah Fans please send me a message if you know where i can find it thank you so much and Mariah´s new album is pretty good but not perfect as her older albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah is always the world biggest Female artist in history with 16 number 1#singles not 15 her 16 single is Thank God I Found You and that was 3 and a half years ago why not now Through The Rain is just amazing ballad not as powerful as her previews ballads but it should have been her 17 number 1#single or the great rock n´roll cover of Bringin on the heartbreak mariah truly sings her voice out in that song with clossy bird kinda voice in the end it´s really cool it reminds me on a song from her debut All In Your Mind,where she chirp like a bird. I Know why she doesn´t reach the no 1# anymore it is the rappers and her flopp with Glitter in 2001 that album isn´t all bad it is just diffirent. And Why does she have to suffer it is 2 years ago give Mariah a Chance there is no other out there who can sing like her except Celine and Barbra Streisand. Mariah still makes the ballads she is known for and she is truly inspiring if there wasn´t the rappers she would be bigger than Celine i think she would be and she can sing a note that Christina aguilera,Jessica Simpson Britney Spears,or even Kelly Clarkson can´t reach and not close enough either.There is only one Mariah. Collaborators on this butterly sound of album are Jimmy Jam&Terry Lewis also on (Rainbow,Glitter)Randy Jackson from American Idol he make songs that sound just the same as Walter Afanasieff did with Mariah in the 1990´s,as the ballad My Saving Grace(sound like I Am Blessed it means the same) a beautiful gospel ballad and I Only Wanted(remake of My All)and the cover of Def Leppards Bringin On The Heartbreak. Jermaine Dupri did a great song callad the one a remake of Always be my baby and You Had Your Chance a nice hip-hop song.Jermaine also collaborated with Mariah on Daydream ,Butterfly and on Rainbow. Others as Damizza don´t know why she still works with this rapproducer he hasn´t maked a good song with Mariah jet and he worked on some songs on Rainbow and Glitter to,Mariah should work with Puff daddy if she want´s a greatRN,B hip-hop song like Honey and Breakdown or stick with Jermaine dupri.Dre and vidal are just clowns and they just doesn´t fit for Mariah´s talents. or 7 aurelius either what was Mariah thinking when she made this album where is the names of real gurus in music industry here only 3 Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Jermaine Dupri where is Walter Afanasieff,Babyface,P diddy,David Foster or even Ric Wake who did Someday on her debut album i don´t see them on this album but hopefully on her next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah is back and better than ever. Her much anticipated follow up to Glitter is on the way and mariah is shutting up bad mouthers near and far. Her first single, through the rain, is one of her best songs ever and i know there is more to come. Mariah is the best. Keep your head up girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read an article somewhere that this album is the most highly anticipated out of all the artists for the fall/winter season, and I can hear why. I just had the chance to hear four cuts off the yet-to-be-released disc, and diva Mariah is not only back in full force, but proves us all wrong when we thought her day was up. Just when Mariah was at her lowest, unsure of what the future of her career held, she bounces back and will soon re-claim her position as the best selling female artist of all time. *Through The Rain* is a heart-wrenching *Mariah-ballad* as only she can deliver.*Yours* is an up-tempo soul groove with one of the hottest voices today, Justin Timberlake. *Irresistable* is a ground-breaking vocal performance, and the star in my opinion, *My Saving Grace*. You'll have to hear it to believe it. Her voice soars from gospel, to R&B to smooth soul on this album. Every aspect of Mariah here is to be commended. Honestly, although Mariah's track-record can stand it's own, *Charmbracelet*, with 15 full tracks, the most ever to appear on a Mariah album, has the potential to be her best yet. Bottom line, the word is out, the wind is blowing, and they call the wind Mariah...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album will put Mariah back on top of the charts and that is where she will stay!! Mariah Carey shows, on this album, that she is truly one of the greats, the stuff legends are made of. She is here and she is here to stay. This album will surely silence all who said she is done!!! Love live our Princess Lamb(to me she is Queen Lamb) but per Mariah, she is Princess Lamb
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah's back and truly charmed. Charmbracelet covers u and does more for the fans of this historic singer than last years flop of epic proportions... Glitter, which should have been called Dull
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah Carey's 9th studio album is her finest effort to date. After her hugely publisized breakdown last year, Carey rose up, dusted herself off, and is on point on Charmbracelet. Glitter, which was actually the best selling soundtrack of 2001, 3 million copies (bet you didn't know that!), was not even Mariah at her best, but pick up this album and she will prove you otherwise. The songs on Charmbracelet are fresh, new and hint more towards an adult contemporary/soul diva Mariah. This is what Carey pulls off the best. A combination of up-tempo and her signature style ballads makes this album a well-rounded addition to any music collection. I urge you to try Ms. Carey again, it's worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this new CD. It's much better than her previous release, Glitter. She has certainly improved since then. I recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys good music.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is such a well-done project, It takes you in a journey among Pop, Rnb, HipHop to Rock! with songs such as the cover of Def Leppard's (Bringing On The Heartbreak) you can't help but repeating it over and over from how wonderful/fresh it is. Speaking of masterpieces, don't forget the track (My Saving Grace) which shows how talented is Mariah in writing, and how brave is she by saying (I've been stigmatized, been BLACK AND WHITE...). All in all, this is a MUST-HEARED album and showcases Mariah's talent in both, singing&writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ladies and gentlemen, if ever you were doubting Mariah Carey in the past year or so--DON'T! This is the diamond in the rough we were waiting for. Charmbracelet reveals Mariah at her best, most confident, and most artistic! Listening to this album one really feels this is not just a musician, but one of the MOST talented songwriters of our generation. Why else would she have 15 number ones, and have sold over 200 million albums worldwide?? There must be a reason, and Charmbracelet is the album that will prove it to you. From Through the Rain, an inspiring ballad, to Yours, a mid-tempo R&B masterpeice, Mariah Carey is setting up for a come-back(as if she was ever gone!), so lets make room out there on the charts and set aside some cash for Carey's new charm! Just look on this page--will you find 1 bad review?? I think not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is hot. No doubt about it. The only problem I have with it is the songs with Jay-Z, Westside, and Ice Cube. I still dont understand why she feels that she has to lower herself. But other than that, the r&b songs are all hot. The ballads are classic. "My saving grace" could be compared to "Vision of love", "I only wanted" is another "My all". Great CD, I highly reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is her second best album to date. Becuz Rainbow was the best but this album is great, the beats r phat and she sounds amazing, good job Mariah!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! This album even tops Butterfly!!! Great job Mariah!!! My Saving Grace and Bringing On The Heartbreak give me chills! She is just WOW!!! Great job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say, the last couple of years, for Mariah, have been difficult, but if this is any indication of what is possible with a little suffering and upset... She has proven she has staying power. So many individuals, were quick to count her out, but once again, this album proves that she has fantastic staying power. This album is what Glitter should have been - EXCELLENT. We all make mistakes in our personal choices, but this album proves she is quick to bounce back from the pitfalls of success. This is one of the best albums from this artist, it is cohesive, her vocals on the album aren't over done, and she uses what God gave her, a distinctive voice. Some critics have blasted this album, because it must seem cool to slam her right now, but I wouldn't take them all too seriously, because with this album, Mariah is destined for a few more #1 hits, before any one can claims she is wash up... This is a must buy album in my opinion...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah Carey's "comeback album" "Charmbracelet" is, easily, one of her bests. I would not venture as far as to say it is THE best, but it is up there. She gives us classic Mariah and ballads such as "Through The Rain" and "My Saving Grace," and, of course, her trademark: the extremely personal and emotional song she includes on all her albums. The song for "Charmbracelet" is "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy," a heartkbreaking song for her recently deceased father. With guest appearences by Jay-Z, Cam'Ron, Freeway, and others, "Charmbracelet" is a nice mix of pop, R&B, hip-hop, and soul. Try it. You'll be glad you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those of us who stuck with Mariah "through the rain" know that this is not a comeback--Mariah never left--she's only human and going through normal stuff. Charmbracelet showcases Mariah's lovely voice ft. R&B, Pop and gospel-flavored songs. Highlights: The One, Subtle Invitation, You Got Me, Yours
Guest More than 1 year ago
mariah carey's charmbracelet is gold indeed. carey seems more at ease with herself and it shows. no more the over-dramatized diva of 2001, 2002 sees carey in a different light-one that is shining. on her latest effort, carey is letting us delve deeper with her into her personal situations. on one of my favorite tracks, -i only wanted-, she sings that she "should have stayed under her veil", no doubt a comment on her difficult former marriage. then on other tracks, such as the happier -yours-, carey lets her magical voice shine through by proclaiming, "i believe in miracles, baby i'm forever yours...". these and many other songs off charmbracelet are sure-fire mariah size hits. one thing is evident here, charmbracelet finds carey dealing with issues instead of glossing them up. a strategy that works well, probably the best work of her career yet. if carey can top this---wow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great come back album for Mariah Carey. She has a variety of songs that appeals to all types of audiences. I highly Recommend this album. "Bringing On The Heartbreak" Excellent Cover "My Saving Grace" Inspirational Music For The Soul "The One" = Lyrically and Vocally Well But Together A+ Project
Guest More than 1 year ago
A sunflower vocally in tune with her amazing grace through the heralding of her high keys of rising towards the greatest sun that truly makes all of us rise for this garden in the sun! Streching our rays to sing her lyrics that truly transcend all hearts to go through her integrity rarely seen through the timeless treasure of any artist. Mariah Carey truly being the one to bloom her soul with the golden of her petals uplifting us with all of the glory of this CHARMBRACELET is surely a treasury for any Mariah Fan or a being to love inspirational song through the strength of emotion vivdly seen through the fire of Mariah's power! I recommend anybody that wants to plant a charming sunflower into their garden so love could grow through the spirit of this beautiful soul that truly shows all of her love through her SAVING GRACE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carey does little singing on this LP, she whispers through it. Her lackluster vocal contribution is perfectly matched to the bland music on this CD. I can only imagine that a Mariah Carey devotee could appreciate "Charmbracelet".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charmbracelet is a charm!! Hehe..This collection is the first Mariah album I've truly enjoyed since the disappointment of Rainbow. Glitter had some shiny moments, but the rappers tend to sound out of place in a Carey track. Not that I don't like rap, I do, but it's easier to pair a rapper with a lesser "singer" like J-Lo. Mariah should record her albums the way she used to, and rely on the J-Lo trick of remixing the singles with the rapper of the moment. Back to the album: It's a pretty solid effort beginning to end. My favorites are, of course, the tracks listed on the other reviews, but there isn't much mention of Clown. This is my favorite track on the disc. The track serves as a "dig" for Eminem, but it's done exceptionally well..It can be enjoyed as a great song even if you aren't paying attention to the lyrics. The One, is really good as well as I Only Wanted. This album is worth buying just for those three tracks, but you get so much more...My Saving Grace takes us back to the days when she belted a song...Which brings me to the only thing I didn't like about this disc: She doesn't utilize her powerful pipes on most of the disc. She sounds like she's whispering almost and I think this vocal styling robs us of Mariahs greatest asset!!! I'd like to hear her return to the Mariah on #1's like Love Takes Time. That said, this album is worth buying.. I'd downloaded the whole thing a few weeks before it was released, and was so impressed, I couldn't wait for December 3rd to buy the cd I was already enjoying free of charge!! Hear that Mariah?? Got it free, bought it anyway!! Love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ever-evolving butterfly has done it again! Charmbracelet is, by far, another work of art by Mariah. After listening to Charmbracelet, Mariah's 9th studio album, I wasn't surprised at all by the talent that she exhibited in the album. I'm not just saying that because I consider myself Mariah's biggest fan, as well as many other lambs. But if I never listened to her music before and encountered Charmbracelet, I would definitely believe that she is truly talented with a beautiful voice and grasping lyrics. This album is purely gold and have already become one of my favorites along with Butterfly. Mariah pours her emotions into all 15 of her tracks and showcases the strength in her voice with it's exceptional octave ranges, which clearly makes her #1. The album is very versatile with classic ballads such as Through The Rain, hip-hop tunes like Boy (I Need You) and You Got Me, gospel with My Saving Grace and rock with Bringin' On The Heartbreak. She covers all genres of music and reflects a universal sound. The songs on Charmbracelet are fresh, new and hint more towards an adult contemporary/soul diva Mariah. I love Yours because it truly is sentimental and endearing. I believe that the lyrics in My Saving Grace are towards the people that have supported her throughout her career - God, her family, friends and her extended family, us lambs (fans). It was nice of her to consider us her extended family in the album booklet, especially when we have supported her music for so many years and literally stayed at her side when she was going through a turbulent time in 2001. You Got Me is awesome because it has that R&B/Hip-Hop vibe that many people crave. Sunflowers For Alfred Roy is sad, yet the lyrics show that she has put her relationship between herself and her father into perspective, which brought on forgiveness, faith, hope and strength for her to move on. Bringin' On The Heartbreak surely exemplifies Mariah's strong vocal ability. Just when Mariah was at her lowest, unsure of what the future of her career held, she bounces back and proves why she is the best-selling female artist of all time. This album will surely silence all who said that her career was done!!! I can't wait for the album remixes. No matter what the sales numbers are, I consider Mariah's Charmbracelet as an album that is inspiring, invigorating, truly melodious and legendary. I encourage everyone to buy it because through her lyrics you can learn alot about life. The Butterfly emerges. Mariah's got me feeling Emotions and has proven once again that she an artist that has the utmost talent, drive and spirit. No one Can't That Away from her. Mariah did not make that so-called Breakdown affect what she loves doing: connecting personally with others through her music. This album is pure Bliss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah's new album, "Charmbracelet" is incredable. Her lyrics are so powerful. This is the Mariah everyone knows. Much love to thee best female artist ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The woman has a voice and is at her best during the gospelesque songs... The album is much better than her previous attempt. I was pleased with much of the album... there are alot of ballady songs and much few "rapper" driven vehicles. I love MC but Mary J. Blige she is not!