Charmbracelet

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2002
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 044006346724
  • Catalog Number: 063467
  • Sales rank: 14,747

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Through the Rain (4:48)
  2. 2 Boy (I Need You) - Cam'ron (5:14)
  3. 3 The One (4:08)
  4. 4 Yours (5:06)
  5. 5 You Got Me - Freeway (4:22)
  6. 6 I Only Wanted (3:38)
  7. 7 Clown (3:17)
  8. 8 My Saving Grace (4:09)
  9. 9 You Had Your Chance (4:22)
  10. 10 Lullaby (4:56)
  11. 11 Irresistible (West Side Connection) (5:04)
  12. 12 Subtle Invitation (4:27)
  13. 13 Bringin' on the Heartbreak (4:34)
  14. 14 Sunflowers for Alfred Roy (2:59)
  15. 15 Through the Rain - Kelly Price (3:32)
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Album Credits

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
Tom Rosenthal Viola
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
Paul Gregory Engineer
Just Blaze 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
Bill Molina Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charmbracelet- best MC album of all time!

    Charmbracelet is in many ways the best Mariah Carey album of all time. It shows how she can carry on dramatic ballads (Bringin On The Heartbreak), hip-hop drenched duets (You Got Me/Boy (I Need You) and slow complex ballads (Clown/I Only Wanted) as well as a good old style Mariah "you can make it through your struggles" song- Through The Rain. It has a perfect combination of classic and fresh Mariah Carey and shows off her amazing vocal talents very well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what happened to Mariah

    When Mariah released this album i was disappointed it came out december 3 2002 and i thought she had come back with a strong album since her horrible movie and soundtrack glitter flobbed. But no she released another album with to much hiphop and less of pop and ballads what was happening to her. The albums title is nice but the songs are boring i can´t get into it i was so disappointing with this album that i never listen to it either but i own all her albums from 1990 til her newest The Emancipation Of Mimi witch is an amazing album I Love her today she sounds awesome and she has returned to her roots i hope she will stay there. Charmbracelet is her worst album ever and i have listened to her newest album often because it´s so good and also her older projects from 1990 until Rainbow 1999 that album was her last album that was pretty good but not her best work but much better than this horrible album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Voice Bad Songs.

    Since her debut in spring 1990 i have loved Mariah Carey. But this album is aweful i´m trying to like it even love it but i can´t. All the songs sounds like Glitter meeting Rainbow yes Mariah has a great voice of stunning 7 octaves but she doesn´t show it here. Mariah is one of my favorit female singers even she has released bad albums since 1999 of Rainbow but that album includes few good songs like Heartbreaker, Can´t take That Away, After Tonight and Against All Odds that helped Mariah for the last time winning the charts. i miss the old Mariah and for her sake i hope her 2005 release The Emancipation Of Mimi will be like her trueself the Mariah I used to know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Six Stars" * * * * * *

    Mariah captures more than ever - her balladry, hip-hop, class, expands her range, pours out her heart and grace. SUBTLE INVITATION is both elegant and stirring. Anyone who loves/appreciates REAL music must add this CD to her/his collection. Looking forward to MARIAH's next triumph!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is The best CD

    I am a Huge Mariah Carey fan. From old music to new music, to me i just cant get enough of her voice.I recommend this cd to anyone. It is the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    quick labor

    mariah is back and outstanding voice of a 5 octave range the best of all divas and her new album charmbraclete is wonderful and very very great i would give her 10 stars and glitter was a great movie and it was so amazing to even though some of movie critics say she was horrible in the movie there just jealous and need to stop critisising her she is the automatic princess and her bringing on the heartbreak was amazing to she has a bird pipe of schreeching it is so powerful and scream gave it opera class her other albums were great to i love mariah i would give to meet her and i hope she has a daughter or son to take her place it would be great to so the legend of mariah carey will never die and live on to the lendendary family the careys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charmbracelet

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Abulm Mariah

    I love Mariah Carey! She is the best singer in the whole world! Nobody can compare with her! Her vocals are incediable. She's the godess. Everything about her is amazing. All her abulms are wonderful and I love them ALL. She's very talented and very gifted.********

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mariah Is The Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When I heard a glimpse of the song Through The Rain, it made me feel so emotional and happy to see that my favorite singer of all time is back, after all those haters out there criticising her, making a big deal about how Glitter failed, and her publicized breakdown. This album proves them wrong. Mariah is here to stay, and that's the bottom line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charmbracelet

    Mariah Carey´s Charmbracelet is pretty good album and it is better than Rainbow and Glitter together Charmbracelet is with hip-hop and ballads as very good sounding ballads like Through The Rain,Yours,My Saving Grace,I Only Wanted and Bringin On The Heartbreak other good songs are The One feat JD and Subtle Inavitation the other songs are boring the last one i mentioned is very new for Mariah its jazzy sounding popballad because it isn´t hip-hop not at my onpinion.It´s funny song and i really like it i didn´t at first but the songs grows on you when you listen ofter on the album but the rapsongs are boring i can´t listen to them it isn´t Mariah she is a popdiva and she can do great ballads and Rn´B songs. If you loved Mariah in the 90´s like me you will love this one as well because she is back with an strong album better than Whitney Houston´s Just Me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mariah Makes Magic

    Mariah's new album shows that she can deal with controversy and difficulat times, as addressed in songs, such as "Through the Rain" and her vocal span is as impressive as ever. After the bomb of "Glitter," Mariah takes it all in stride and goes back to her original style of R&B and her breath-taking ballads. Mariah is the true diva of our era.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CharmBraclet(Charming Mariah)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charmbracelet

    I Have to say that this album isn´t all bad but not so great either but i like some of the songs as Through The Rain,The One,My Saving Grace,Bringin On The Heartbreak and the Rn´B duet with Busta Rhymes that song is going to be on Mariah´s special effort of Charmbracelet with 4 new songs out in july 22th 2003 and the nice melody I Only Wanted all the other songs are rather boring.On This album Mariah´s producers are as Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis,Randy Jackson of American Idol,Jermaine Dupri,Brian Michael Cox,Justblaze,Irv Gotti and Damizza.I think Mariah should have worked with Legends as Longtime Partner of hers Walter Afanasieff who have made 7 no 1#singles with Mariah since 1990-1997.Or Another legendary producer David Foster who did the powerballad There For Me with Mariah in 2001.Charmbracelet is pretty good since two of Mariah´s latest albums were terrible mistakes Rainbow and Glitter. Mariah doesn´t sounds as powerful as she once did in the 1990´s but i think she sings to much whispery and screaming like a bird with throught problem,if she only could make more of ballads like There For Me and Hero i would be very happy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Charmbracelet

    This c.d. is the best out there. Her voice is so amazing. She can hit ANY pitch. I love the song "The One." This has got to be her best work. Keep it up Mariah!! You're a STAR:)!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT CHARM ENOUGH

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mariah's On Fire!

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice Comeback!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Let's Here It For Mariah!

    Another winner from Mariah Carey! I think this CD has a great bunch of songs by Mariah and I think most people will be happy with this CD. Her vocals are great and the songs are a variety of ballads, R & B, gospel, and should not be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    charming comeback

    Mariah's new album is like a comeback of her very first album. She's going back to the R&B love ballad music, which she does very well in this album. The songs are very layed back, cool, relaxing beats. Overall, her album has proved that she has made it through the rain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Return for MC!

    Charmbracelet is one of Mariah's best CD's yet! Her voice is so amazing, and only she can hit those oh so high notes! No other artist even comes close to the talent she has. The tracks Through The Rain, Bringin' On The Heartbreak, & My Saving Grace are truly amazing power ballads that you will want to play over and over again!

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