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by Mariah Carey

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The disc features the R&B-leaning first single "Touch My Body," production by Jermaine Dupri and will.i.am, and collaborations with hit-makers T-Pain and Damian Marley.


The disc features the R&B-leaning first single "Touch My Body," production by Jermaine Dupri and will.i.am, and collaborations with hit-makers T-Pain and Damian Marley.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Two weeks prior to the April 2008 release of E=MC2 -- Mariah Carey's tenth album and the sequel to her big 2005 comeback, The Emancipation of Mimi -- the diva broke Elvis Presley's record of being the solo artist with the most number one singles on the Billboard charts. Lots of publicity surrounded "Touch My Body" reaching number one, as well it should: busting an Elvis record is always news, but this particular record served team Mariah well, as it paints Carey as being a diva who's bigger and better than the rest. An unintentional side effect of this very record is that it also tacitly pointed out that Mariah has been around a long, long time: 18 years, to be exact, roughly two years shy of the two decades that it took Elvis to establish his record. Unlike Elvis -- or any other major artist who's been around for two decades, for that matter -- Carey seems determined not to look back, to exist in some kind of eternal now, never acknowledging that she has a past, unless she's wielding her divorce from her ex-husband/ex-record label chief Tommy Mottola for some kind of sympathy, something she does once again here via vague allusions to naïveté and "violent times" on "Side Effects." Mariah refers to that separation so often that it's hard not to think of it as something recent but it happened a long, long time ago -- well over a decade prior to the release of E=MC2, to be precise -- but as the separation was the pivot point for Carey's career, it's easy to see why she keeps returning to it, even if the emotional heft of her singing about the pain has long since diminished. After that separation, Carey restyled herself as a relentlessly modern R&B diva, chasing every passing trend in a given year, a move that often kept her on the top of the charts -- apart from the post-millennial stumble of Glitter, of course -- but had the side effect of making Mariah a musician who became progressively less mature with each passing year, culminating in the hazy soft-porn fantasies of "Touch My Body," the single that broke Elvis' longstanding record and will likely only be remembered for that achievement. Like so much of Emancipation and E=MC2, which is a virtual replica of its predecessor in almost every way, "Touch My Body" is all about sound, rhythm, and texture and not so much about song, something that helps sustain Mariah Carey's run at the top the charts, but something that also pushes melodic hooks, and in the process singing, into the background. As Carey's multi-octave voice has always been her calling card, the one thing that even her biggest critics have grudgingly acknowledged as her unassailable strength, this is a little odd -- especially on the T-Pain duet "Migrate," where she succumbs to auto-tune -- but it not only makes Mariah modern, it also camouflages her slightly diminishing range, so it does have a dual purpose. Sometimes all this production is good and occasionally it's married to a full-fledged, hooky song, as on the excellent "I'm That Chick," a sleek slice of Off the Wall disco that's nearly giddy in its energy and melody, and perhaps on "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time," which also has a lightness that so much of E=MC2 lacks. Everything else pushes the rhythm and bass to the forefront and mixes Mariah into the middle, so it becomes a wash of sound -- sound that is designed to be fashionable, but like so much fashion, it's tied to the time and dates quickly. Which is why it's misleading to judge Mariah based on her new record of possessing the most number one singles, as she's not about longevity, she's about being permanently transient, a characteristic E=MC2 captures all too well.
Entertainment Weekly - Margeaux Watson
...a largely enjoyable mix of flirtatious club jams, midtempo love songs, and emotional ballads anchored by hip-hop beats that handsomely showcase the singer's powerful vocal chops. [A-]
Billboard - Kerri Mason
The usual hummable radio hip-hop and bold ballads are here, in pristine form. ("Bye Bye," a memorial for a lost loved one, is particularly effective.)

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Performance Credits

Mariah Carey   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Guest Appearance
Crystal Johnson   Background Vocals
Bishop Clarence Keaton   Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

C.J. Johnson   Composer
Mariah Carey   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Jermaine Dupri   Producer
Benny Medina   Management
James Poyser   Producer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Manuel Seal   Producer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Composer
Kuk Harrell   Engineer
Michael Richardson   Management
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Producer
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Crystal Johnson   Composer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
John Horesco   Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Producer
Tor Erik Hermanson   Instrumentation
The-Dream   Composer
T-Pain   Composer
Mark Sudack   Executive Producer,Management
Kelly "Becky 4 Real" Sheehan   Engineer
Carol Corless   Package Production
Derrick Selby   Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
B.M.C.   Instrumentation
James "Scrappy" Stassen   Engineer
Nick Banns   Engineer
Gina Rainville   Management
Melissa Ruderman   Management
A. Davis   Composer
M. Carey   Composer
E. Jordan   Composer
J. Dupri   Composer
J. Jenkins   Composer
Shawntae Harris   Composer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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E=MC² 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album continues to show how gifted Mariah Carey is as a singer, songwriter and person. This album continues to show the best in her songs, but also flares it up with songs like Side Effects, and For the Record. Great Album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is off the chain! I am a huge fan of Mariah Carey and she sings very well on this album. There are the upbeat songs such as Touch My Body, Migrate, I'm That Chick, I'll be Lovin You Long Time, and O.O.C. Then there are a few slow songs such as I Stay In Love, Love Story, Last Kiss, and I Wish You Well. On a whole this album is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i totally love her album! its really something differt and i do recommend it to everyone! it helps u get through those different mood swings that u always get, especially with relationships! lol..i luv it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor Mariah...she just can't seem to make two great albums in a row. E=MC2 sounds like scraps from the MIMI album sessions. Once again she trys Beyonce's staccato style vocals, but goes off the deep end this time around by hardly singing at all. A shameful follow up her great last album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
E=MC^2 isn't really 'The Emancipation of Mimi, Part 2' it's been made out to be. This is a completely different album for the most part, but I haven't decided yet if it's as good as or better than "Mimi". There are a lot of strong singles on this one that should produce at least one more #1 hit. Aside from "Touch My Body" and "Bye Bye" "which stays away from being too saccharine due to a slightly uptempo beat", other standouts are "Migrate" "great beat, very catchy, fun lyrics", "Cruise Control", and "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" and "I Wish You Well", which remind me of the old-school Mariah sound. The lyrics to a lot of the songs on this album are a little more heartfelt and there are less uptempo tracks, but no matter which side of Mariah you're partial to, there is a lot to love about "E=MC^2". Fans who prefer her ballads or her older albums will enjoy tracks like "Bye Bye", "I Wish You Well" and "Love Story", while those who prefer the fun, no-nonsense tracks will enjoy "Touch My Body", "Migrate", "Cruise Control" and "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time". Other favorites of mine are "For The Record", "Side Effects" and "O.O.C.". I highly recommend "E=MC^2"!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I hated every song EXCEPT Touch my Body and I only liked that because I was so happy she did another album. She could have sung goo goo gaa gaa and I would have loved it. However, one day, I sat down and really listened to every song in its entirety instead of hoping to hear something that sounded exactly like Emancipation of MIMI which I loooooved. I realized this CD is sizzlingly awesome. I love Love Story, Bye Bye, Side Effects, and I'm that Chick. Mariah is just too awesome for words.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is incredible! It's incredible because it has both dance songs and slow songs. It is incredible because MeMe is finally spreading her butterfly wings and creating new and fascinating music the likes of which has never been heard by man before. I don't care how badly she treats people in real life or how self-centered people claim she is, it's only the music for her fans that matters and with this cd, she has given us more than we could ever repay! I luv U Mariah Carey - u are always gonna be my baby 3!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah keeps getting better and better with each album. Keep it up MC !
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel like this cd does sound alot like her last one. I'll abmit I was expecting something different from her vocally but as usual she sounds the same on every track. However, when I listened to the entire cd, it was very good. If I like at least 5 songs on a cd then I consider it to be pretty good. I do recommend this cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah Carey has done it again. She keeps amazing me with her music and lyrics. The haters can keep hating what do they know anyway. I love every song on the album. She did a great job a worthy follow up to her last smash hit.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this album just as much as Emancipation. I like how Mariah Carey has a strong number of uptempo and fun numbers on here, especially Migrate, Cruise Control, OOC, I'll Be Lovin' You Long Time, For the Record and others. Touch My Body is very melodic and nicely done. I also liked Bye Bye and her ode to the people we've lost or passed away. Jermaine Dupri is superb on the numbers he produced for Mariah, but I liked what Bryan Michael Cox, Danja, Stargate, will.i.am, and some others produced on here too. It has a strong R&B/hip-hop patchwork on here. For once, she's not doing the same kind of big over the top ballads she's famous for. She's having fun for a change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own all of mariah's albums and this one is definately one of her more "Safe" albums. She played it safe by working with well-known producers and songwriters in the industry. She followed Jordin Sparks and Rihanna and Chris Brown by working with Stargate and kept in league with Janet by working with Jermaine Dupri. Vocally she has never lost it! Glad to see this album doesn't contain any explicit lyrics. I have a feeling that "Migrate" featuring T-pain will be a hit! This is one of her better post-Sony albums. I like it better than "The Emancipation of Mimi." If you enjoyed some of mariah's previous efforts you'll probably like "E=mc2." Hopefully this album won't be a flop!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can we say about Mariah other than she is absolutely, unmistakingly, OUTSTANDING!!! This album is FIRE, there is no way that it wont rule the charts and just reasure her status as the biggest selling female artist of all time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to the album's snippets, it is clear that E=MC2 is underwhelming and derivative with little regard to art, innovation or creativity. Clearly the goal of this CD is to appeal to the most people and make the most money possible. After nearly 2 decades in the business, you would think Ms. Carey would get bored making this tripe. But it seems Ms. Carey is more concerned with maintaining her "diva" status and less concerned with her musical legacy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Destined to rule the R&B Charts for the next 2 years " At least " , is the latest glorious effort by songstress "They call the wind Mariah " Carey . MC Squared picks up where Mimi left off, only better. From Club Anthems such as "Touch My Body" and "Migrate" , to the soul classic sound of "I'm That Chick", this album has it all. Not to mention the ballad "Bye Bye", which is the reason why there are shows like American Idol, and is sure to be her next # 1 song. Mariah Carey may have been all Butterflies and Rainbows in the past , but she is now a bonafide R&B Queen, showing artist longevity and career flexibility. We must also not forget that she is one amazing songwriter, crafting original pure pop perfection. Our "Daydream" girl has finally woken up and grown up, and with this new album will secure her place as an American pop icon. Is it too soon to induct her into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sadly, the follow up to Emancipation of Mimi was a mistake. If you love upbeat, funky songs than E=MC2 has little if any tracks like that. If you like slow songs there's plenty but they are very bland. Now the album starts out good and thing Mariah has done a great job but from there the album loses faith. The album does hold back in the end but it doesn't deliver.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has everything from ballads to upbeat danceable songs. I love every single second of it. It's amazing. She's amazing. Keep up the great work Mimi. You're an amazing artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just want to say to all the haterz you are just mad because she dedicated "I Wish You Well" to you!!!! She is still an amazing Artist, vocally and especially lyrically....There's not a melody she cannot hum, not a beat she cant sing over...its been proven....While some people are just mad she doesn't keep singing ballads like in the 90's..she's just experimenting with her craft,,,I think she inspires many to want to take it beyond the limit..she does everytime, vpcally & lyrically! Get the CD!!!! And when you do , check out #14...Mariah throws many blessings out with this one! God is using her and she is allowing him!!.Go Mariah, way to spread the Gospel!! :"
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love Mariah Carey, then you will definitely not be disappointed with E=MC2. I was very excited for this albumn to come out and it lived up to all my expectations. Bye Bye is my favorite song and I listen to it all the time. Of course there are other great songs as well, including I'll Be Lovin U Long Time and I Stay in Love. Check out her singles on-line or buy the albumn. Either way, you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought this album and i like it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mariah has a phenominal voice and we all remember her first couple albums where her voice was what sold the song(s). This new album sounds too "dance club-ish" with a lot of background music and hip hop effects that do not let Mariah's voice shine front and center. I guess I will keep playing her old music. Won't be buying this one.
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