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by Mariah Carey

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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


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.

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
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
Sarah Parkins   Strings,String Quartet
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
Not being the biggest fan of her recent work, this CD is absolutely wonderful. It reminds me most of her earlier work, when she wasn't so commercialized and it was truly about the music. I am so happy to see Ms. Carey is truly back and better than ever! I also love her cover of Bringin' on the Heartbreak. This album was one of my favorite and Ms. Carey's version is original but still on the edgey side. A sound she hasn't embraced a whole lot but sounds great none-the-less. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Ms. Carey can sing her butt off and the fact that she takes on various different styles and sounds on this album, proves that she can pull just about anything. This album truly is for any music lover. I am sure it will make a great X-mas present as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Have written about this album before but this time after listening on it for a year it sort of grows on you all the songs are wonderful and this is mariah´s next most personal album she has done after Butterfly. Mariah makes the epic ballads like always and she has amazing voice of 7 octaves that shines through on this album she hasn´t left from her roots in 1990 we have the ballads, we have the pop in Subtle Invitation and the hip-hop and also rock n´roll in the def leppard cover Bringin On The Heartbreak.I Give Mariah 5 stars full house for this album because she is and always will be the greatest female artist of all time. Mariah and Celine dion are the 2 biggest females of all time and i love them both as much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One word...Amazing...this album is truly the best album from Mariah since 1997's Butterfly. She goes back to the voice that made her the star that she is, yet gives her songs a little "flava" for the new hip/hop r&b genre. For those of you interested in what the album is on: Through the Rain: A beautiful ballad symbolizing Mariah's personal hardships in the past year..and past years...stating that she can make..oh yes honey you did...she uses her wide range with perfect dynamics. Oh Boy: An intersting song using Camron and his song"ohBoy"..the song has a catchy tune and can be seen as a hit The One: Ahh a song about how someone is the One,yet you dont want to be typical, yet this r&b song is enticing and fun for the most part...mariah uses her lower register and softer voice...nice blending Yours: A pretty song using her softer voice with nice lyrics...wonder how it would have sounded with Justin Timberlake.. You know u got ME with JAYZ-a totally fun hip hop song..cleverly written...a sure hit I only wanted: One of the best songs on the album..with a latin tune in the background..and powerful ballad showing off her voice better than ever Clown: a clever song talking about her past men...sounds serious...however a new side of mariah can be seen here...her man-hating side that is My saving grace: Another one of the best songs, maybe the best song ever by mariah...very gospel, very catch..makes you feel so good about yourself and the song...shows off her higher register well and takes your breath away you had your chance: a sample of dre's hit song that shows off mariah high register at the end where she sings with her high notes the melody..A MUST HEAR! lullaby:a r&b song..not one of myy favorites..but somewhat catchy of the more catchier songs on the album...excellent beat..reminds me of dreamlover/heartbreaker... very fun...A SURE HIT Subtle invitation: a different sound..jazzy..interesting...not really my yfavorite Bringing on the Heartbreak..a remake of Def Leppards 80's among the top 3 songs on the album...RELEASE THIS NEXT MARIAH~! Sunflowers for Alfred Roy..a touching song about mariah's father..may bring tear to your eye..excellent job of blending her own voice into the background Through the Rain Remix...with joe and kelly price...very fun...but il ike the original better OVERALL: A- Worth buying? definetly! Mariah is definetly on her way back up...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that Mariah Carey has let her true colors shine through this album. Her music style has changed, and I believe she did a wonderful job on this album. Her singing voice is amazing! Go Mariah!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charmbracelet is one of the most personal albums Mariah Carey has done so far, I'd say even more so than Butterfly. Songs like "I Only Wanted," "You Had Your Chance," "Subtle Invitation," and "Sunflowers For Alfred Roy" all relate to personal struggles: the former four, to her turbulent past with Tommy Mottola, and the latter, to her father, who died last July. Listening to the album, I really feel that Mariah poured her heart and soul into writing and singing each song, and that made me enjoy it even more.
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
the album is the best album i've heard all year and i'm really glad my mom went out and bought it for me and i encourage all people to by it for themselves and others
Guest More than 1 year ago
But what happened with this album? i was really anticipating such a great album, because I am her biggest fan in the entire world. But these songs sound so much like the path that was taken in the Glitter album. Once again Maraih is trying to please Hip Hop listeners, but I love the Pop Mariah. I love the songs "Saving Grace, Through the rain" but the rest are not her best work and I was totally disapointed. Especially with the rapers and hip hop remakes and beats, it was totally not worth my money, but Mariah looks great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charmbracelet is one of Mariah's most personal and most Amazing albums, it has some very inspirational tracks like: 'through the rain' , very personal songs like:'Sunflowers for Alfred Roy' ,'my saving grace'and 'i only wanted you to stay', very uptempo "lift me up" type of songs like:'Lullaby' and very sweet love songs like: 'Yours'! in short this Album has EVERYTHING for EVERYBODY! it's the complete package and it has everything you could ever wish in an Album. what can i say...Mariah has done it again! she always finds another amazing and special way to bring us life changing music! Mariah's music only becomes better and better! everybody should buy this Album! fans and non-fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps Mariah's best album since Butterfly! Every song is great, and her voice is amazing. The first single Through the Rain is amazing, and the latest Boy (I Need You) feat. Cam'Ron showcases her signature hip pop style. If you counted MC out of the game, you were dead wrong...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah Carey's latest album is a charm itself. A multitude of different types of songs praises the album. With Mariah's breathy voice throughout the album, it's apparent that she has changed somewhat, but not entirely. With toying emotions running through songs such as "Lullaby" and "Subtle Invitation" it seems that it could be someone else, but really it's another side of her. Uptempo songs like "Boy (I need you)"feat Cam'ron , "You Got Me" feat Jay-Z and Freeway and "Irresistable" feat West Side Connection are the Hip Hop side of her. Finally, the classic Mariah with her POWERFUL voice shines through with the songs "Through The Rain", "My Saving Grace" and Bringin'On the Heartbreak". Her voice speaks for itself and still outshines the new "Divas" as they call them today. With her voice not vanishing, she still is The DIVA of all Divas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm french and i decided to wrote this review in this american site to tell somebody that the principal thing is to respect the work of the artist like mariah. After the disaster of "glitter" "charmbracelet" sign the fulgurant come - back of the bigger singer female of all times...This album is amazing with big tunes like "Clown" (wich is my favorite), "I only wanted" (in the same veine of my all), "Bringing on the heartbreak" (a great reprise of def' leppard). There are also "through the rain", "my saving grace" and a lot of others good songs. Briefly "charmbracelet" is the jewell of christmas. the America are the chance to have a singer and songwriter like mariah...Then don't forget her talent
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah Carey is truly an amazing artist. Her newest creation entitled ¿Charmbracelet¿ has proven just that. It is remarkable how she can balance her astonishing vocals to create such an original and unique sound in ¿Through The Rain.¿ As we listen to the heart-felt melody and wording of ¿My Saving Grace¿ it is as if we are listening to Mariah recite her trauma and pain from the last few years. Now, I must admit that I have never been a Mariah Carey listener, but truly after ¿Charmbracelet¿, I know now what all the fuss was about. ¿Oh Boy.¿ She¿s amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album brings her stunning multi-octave voice and her awesome writing ability to the frontline for us. This album could be one of her better one's. Compared to the lame albums that have been released this year this is a must.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album surpassed all expectations! It flowed through from beginning to end. The ballads are timeless, and her upbeat signature r&b style reminiscent of today's singer/rapper compulations, but lets you really know where it all came from. BUY this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Charmbracelet" is one of Mariah Carey's best albums to date. When there are 15 tracks on a record and you have 14 favorites (the extra one being the lead single) - you know it's a hit. There has been too much talk about Mariah's so-called "comeback". This album screams "I've never left and I am here to stay!" From inception, to the lyrics and melodies, the production and finally the mesmerizing voice - this whole albums is perfection. This album is amazingly consistent, each new track is on par with its predecessor. Even "small things" like the sequence the tracks were placed on the album and vocal arrangements are perfect. Mariah's "charms" as she refers to them, take us "Through The Rain" and onto the catchy "Boy (I Need You)" which plays to the beat of a recently popular Cam'ron song, and even features him. A rhymically soothing R&B track fills the air. Then we get other fantastic tunes by a group of producers who need no introduction, such as Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and American Idol's very own Randy Jackson. Some of the other songs on this CD include a gospel track that stirs your emotion, a latin ballad, a bittersweet ode to her deceased father and even a track recorded with a live band. "Charmbracelet" has it all. Of course, with keeping the Mariah tradition alive, the best is yet to come. A mid-tempo number that has of late been rumored to be a diss at Eminem, "Clown" has an unmatchable combination of lyrics and a unique singing style, that if performed by any other could never be pulled off. A personal favorite of mine is the dazzling remake to the 1981 hit "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" by none other than Def Leppard. Mariah brings new life to this song with breathtaking vocals, this track is a sure hit. Bottom line - if you're a fan of GOOD music and/or talented artists - get "Charmbracelet". You won't regret it.
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
Mariah can't be held down. Her new album is full of soon to be hits. There are many personal songs like the first single "Make It Through The Rain" and the uplifting "My Saving Grace". The album is a mix of Pop and R&B that showcases Mariah's vocal range. One moment she is as soft as a whisper but then explodes to a high pitch squeel. She also wrote every song on the album except for a great rendition of "Bringin' On The Heartbreak". This songbird has no need for any more heartbreak. Her new album has lots of Charm.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time returns with her first post-breakdown album, Charmbracelet. The album has been receiving great reviews from music critics everywhere. I, myself am a fan of her music and have chosen to critique it myself. On the first single, Through The Rain, her voice resonates, "I can make it through the rain/I can stand up once again/And I live one more day/And I make it through the rain." Her message is powerful and clear, no matter what you go through, you can make it though the storm to the other side. One of the most memorable cuts on the CD is her re-make of the 1993 Def Lepord song, "Bringin' On The Heartbreak." Carey brings a whole new element to the song, yet remains true to the original. On "Yours" she sings of being so much in love. Lyrically and melodically it is classic Mariah. It was produced by hit-masters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, alongside Carey. Another memorable sure-fire hit is "(Boy) I Need You" which samples Cam'ron's "Oh Boy" and also features a guest rap by him. As Mariah revealed a free-er sense of self on 1997's Butterfly album, she once again sets herself apart from the other anonymous blondes. She is more real on this album, singing, on the subject of relationships "The truth is all the hurt and the pain and the S*** that you get when you have it/Ain't worth it." You would not find those lyrics on her 1995 album Daydream. This album, is by far my favorite. Perhaps one of the most introspective songs is "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy," in memory of her late father. Carey sings "Strange to feel that proud, strong man/Grip tightly to my hand/Hard to see the life inside/Wane as the days went by/Watching part of my life disappear." This was reportedly a one-take vocal because it was too emotional for her to go back and re-record. Once again, she sets herself apart from the inter-changeable J.Lo's of today. Mariah Carey is pop. She is R&B and even a little rock. She is black. She is white. She is Spanish. On Charmbracelet she incorporates every piece of herself, melding it into one of the biggest highlights of her career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love her album and so does my mom! It has a great variety of Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop, and some beautiful ballads. I love "Through The Rain", "Irresistable", "Bringin On The Heartbreak", and I can totally relate to "You Got Me"-if you have a crush on anyone you will!! I think this album is like a story as she said. This album shows her strength as a singer, writer and person! It is definitely one of my new favorite albums!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is one of the best mariah ever made!it features the hit songs "bringin on the heart break", and "my saving grace" which both are examples of how mariah shows her talented voice!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The talent is there. One of the most talented women in the music industry, Mariah's new album picks up where she left off. The soft balads that made her famous is there, mixed in with some hip hop wiht help by J.D., Jay-Z, and newly Cam'ron. Mariah's back!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This truly Stellar album is Mariah's best work yet. "Through the Rain" is a very powerful ballad, both vocally and lyrically. She follows that with an upbeat "Boy(I Need You)" which is highly whispery, but still fun to dance to. "The One" is one of the best mid tempo songs on the album, in which Mariah does a smooth vocal rap. "Clown" is what some call a "diss" to Eminem, and if Mariah denies it, she sure had me fooled, but the song is a very classy, beautiful "diss", as opposed to Eminem's typicals. The very best song on the album lyrically and vocally, is "My Saving Grace" which is a personal ballad, about her struggles though life, and how she was saved. A few more uptempo song and an powerful cover of the Def Leppard song "Bringin on the Heartbreak", which she shows us all that she can really hit the high notes. If "My Saving Grace wasn't emotional enough, she wrote an song that will make your eyes water "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy", about her father, whom this album is dedicated to. And last but not least she finished off the collection with a remix to "Though the Rain" which is a happy song that represents the other side of the storm. This album should surely get a Grammy for album of the year.
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Get Charmbracelet now! It is so talent-rich. Mariah is #1. All 15 songs are hot. Get your copy now! Give it to someone as a stocking stuffer!!!