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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
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.
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
CHARMBRACELET, is one of the greatest MARIAH albums. I really love the vocals in this one, as well as the music you can really dance to this one. No two songs on this album area alike so you won't be able to get bored with it I can't even bring myself to take it out of my cd player.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a ounce in a lifetime treat. Maraih has worked through some sh@#$% and this album proves it. She not only has a beautiful voice which can't be duplicated. She has a sense of self that shines thru on this album. Lest we not forget the hip-hop that is everywhere MC uses it to paint such intricate pictures of being in love, having someone dis you and still keep up with who you are. It also touches upon what life is like for Maraih personally I recomend blazing this CD and then just chilling it will be the best time you ever spent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally love this CD. It has a LOT of great songs. I personally love "The One" "Yours" "Clown" and Lullaby" I rated it 4 stars because it really doesn't showcase her great voice, but its a darn good CD. I recommend it to anyone who is ready to hear great music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This artist alway's proves herself to be #1 and this album shows just that. Mariah's Bakc with a great sound that her adoreing fan's will go ga ga for. They'll rally over this album and it's just for them she's said over again. Their's only one MC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is off the hook.mariah really 'gots me' on this album...the ballads on this cd will blow you away...the upbeat songs remind me of her 'honey/heartbreaker' songs...anyone of all ages can listen to it and actually enjoy it. a strong song is the remake of def lepard's 'bringin on the heartbreak' think that mariah can't pull it off??you're in for something..'the one' is something new,catchy and easy to 'flow' with
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!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah's new cd Charmbracelet surpassed even my expectations and i am a fan. Just take a listen to "Subtle Invitation" "My Saving Grace" "Yours" and "The One"--all of the above are great songs--proving her writing skills vocal range and her ability to do anything from jazz to gospel to pop to rnb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah had a tough break last year but she is back with a lot of wonderful new ballads and singing like she used to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like the title because just like the charms in a bracelet so are the songs in Mariah's recent album, a compilation of beautiful and encouraging messages in songs like: Yours, Saving Grace, Sunflowers for Alfred Roy, Through the Rain and The One; at the same time the CD groups songs with sounds like Pop,funkybeats for ex. Boy(I need you) and You Got Me. This CD makes a great gift for anyone whether is a fan or a first time listener of Mariah.
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you, out of all the years I have listened to MC's music and followed her career, I have to say this one honestly has to be the most personal, and all around one of the best, if not the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great CD..I can't stop playing it over and over. Her best in a LONG time. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah's CD Charmbracelet is definitely my favorite CD that she has ever made. She has an outstanding voice, and it's as if you can feel her emotions within her voice and her strong lyrics. Charmbracelet has it all, from hip-hop to jazz to pop. My favorite song on the CD is Bringing On The Heartbreak..which her voice is just AWESOME. Another one I like is I Only Wanted, which sounds like "My All" from her older CD. She is beautiful and talented, and Charmbracelet definitely brings that out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah shines on this album. Sure it's not as good as her early stuff- nothing is. But it is absolutely worth buying. I haven't be able to stop listening to it since I bought it. I've been listening to it everyday since December 3rd. It's very addicting. There are a good mix of both fast and slow songs. "I Only Wanted", a slow guitar, latin-sounding ballad, is worth buying the whole album. But there are also a lot of other really good songs such as "Through the Rain", "Boy (I Need You)", "Bringing on the Heartbreak", "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy", ect...Bottom line: BUY IT!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah's inspiring song "Through the Rain" is what I have been looking for, as I'm sure many young woman are. I am learning how to be true to myself, as well as build my own business, this song lifts me up when I do not think I can accomplish my goals. You go Mariah, Keep on keepin on girl!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to whole album for more than 100 times, I will review each song in it. Here is my personal review for ¿CHARMBRACELET¿. 1) Through The Rain A very basic Mariah ballad. It will get you charmed on the first note. It¿s very appealing to all even to non-Mariah fans. I disagree to other people¿s misconception that it sounds like ¿Hero¿. I believe that Through the Rain stands on its own. A very enchanting ballad. 2) Boy (I Need You) This is far by my favorite song in the album. It really got me from my first listen. I was looking for a ¿Heartbreaker-Honey¿ tune in the album but I did not find any although when I heard Boy, it immediately satisfied my need. The rap will get you to your feet. 3) The One One of my favorites in the album. It will get you to listen to the song from beginning to the end. I am at peace of this song being the next single to be lifted. There isn¿t any rap from JD although he has some input in the song, which I think is ok. 4) Yours The introduction is very mesmerizing, refreshing. I would like to hear the duet with Justin. This song is very sweet and sophisticated. May be a potential hit if ever released. A very romantic one too, mind you. 5) You Got Me The rap is kinda long which makes it a very funky song. Although I think Mariah should not have used that `Cam¿ron thing¿, the small voice which sings ¿¿you got me¿¿ because she used it on Boy already. Nevertheless, this song is as funky as it gets. By the way, I love the way Jay-z raps. 6) I Only Wanted It has a ¿My All¿ and ¿After Tonight¿ feeling to it although I think this one is better than any of those. When you listen to this song, you just can¿t help but get caught up with it as it is very melodic and romantic. One of the best ballads in the album. 7) Clown At first I thought this is going to be a very fast song but it¿s tempo fits the song too. Indeed, this is a very brave song. First time Mariah used the F-word. This is for Eminem (I really think so). Listen to the lyrics line by line and you can tell. Go Mariah! Diss him. Joke. = ) 8) My Saving Grace If Mariah will release a 2nd #1¿s, this song will be in it. I¿m sure this song will reach top spot around the world. This is the best ballad from Charmbracelet. Speaks of the truth. Lovely. Strong. 9) You Had Your Chance This one is very So so Def with the Mariah flavor all over it. Very funky. I love this song. I like how Mariah sings the song plus the lyrics is cool. This is what Mariah should say to Luis Miguel¿Sorry boy but you had your chance. 10) Lullaby Is this song cool or what? One of the best beat I¿ve ever heard from Mc. I thought this one is going to be a slow song. I guess Mariah got me again. Really good. Worth listening to over and over. 11) Irresistible Oh, very cool. The rap is very danceable especially on clubs. Although I think Boy sounds better. This one can also be a potential hit. First time I heard West Side Connection. Plus, the title best describes Mariah, don¿t you think? 12) Subtle Invitation Very refreshing course that Mariah has taken. She really tapped her Jazz influence this time. I don¿t think it will sound out of place though. Honestly, I think it is one of my favorite songs. It¿s something new. And if ever Mariah comes out with a whole album that sounds like this, I will still buy it. I didn¿t know I like jazz until I heard this song. Watch out, J-ho might sound like this on her next album. Hehe. 13) Bringin¿ On The Heartbreak Too bad I haven¿t heard the original version yet that¿s why I couldn¿t compare. Well, I¿m sure it¿s good cause Mariah wouldn¿t have liked it if it weren¿t. I heard it is a rock song so Mariah transforming it into a ballad is another accomplishment for her. 14) Sunflowers For Alfred Roy Don¿t laugh¿I almost cried when I heard this song. I mean I haven¿t heard Mariah sing so sentimental like she did here. The words speak from the heart. Very honest and very s
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is this and i thought Glitter was her worst album but i was wrong Charmbracelet is the worst of all her albums to date and then i´m talking about miss carey´s voice not music the songs on this album isn´t all bad but Mariah can´t belt out her beautiful voice anymore what happened the title track is nice with great lyrics Through The Rain is the second best on this album and the best song is the catcy ballad Bringin On The Heartbreak but her voice is so week in it the backups singers are better i feel sorry for Mariah she has lost her magic like Whitney Houston if you are A Mariah Carey fan i recommend her old albums from the debut in 1990-1998 after that she just did aweful albums like Rainbow and Glitter Mariah is not doing it well with hip-hop and rappers she is a popsinger a DIVA not hip-hop singer she whispers to much.Someday i hope the old Mariah will return and begin working with Walter Afanasieff again he did all the power ballads with her so did David Foster and even Babyface.If you are a true Mariah fan you would agrée because this Mariah isn,t the Mariah Carey i use to love though i love her still i will always be her fan and hoping she will make a pop album next time she desides to make a album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
mariah carey's cd is a nice cd campared to lil bow wow's cd. i really like through the rain, i play it almost every day
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah Carey's latest release "Charm Bracelet" is a Mariah classic. Its vintage Mariah!!! The beautiful songstress has defied her critics and doom sayers and has come back with a vengeance. Her song "Through The Rain" is destined to be another hit for most successful female recording artist and composer of all time. "CharmBracelet" is a must have!!!