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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 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
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
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   Digital Editing,Vocal Engineer
Justin Smith   Composer
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,Digital Editing
Damion Young   Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
7 Aurelius   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jason Spears   Digital Editing
Asif Ali   Engineer
John Lemkuhi   Sound Design
John D. Mitchell   drum programming
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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