Glitter

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Mariah Carey was the bestselling female artist of the '90s, yet prior to the 2001 release of Glitter, the soundtrack to her much-touted feature film debut, the starlet suffered a physical and emotional breakdown -- reportedly due in part to the lackluster reception afforded the first single, "Loverboy." Well, Carey need not worry her pretty head any longer: Glitter, an homage to '80s dance and R&B grooves, is one her finest albums to date. In context -- the film is set in New York City's '80s club scene -- the Cameo-sampled "Loverboy" sounds more vibrant than it initially did on radio. Carey puts her stamp on other nostalgic tracks in her trademark ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
Mariah Carey was the bestselling female artist of the '90s, yet prior to the 2001 release of Glitter, the soundtrack to her much-touted feature film debut, the starlet suffered a physical and emotional breakdown -- reportedly due in part to the lackluster reception afforded the first single, "Loverboy." Well, Carey need not worry her pretty head any longer: Glitter, an homage to '80s dance and R&B grooves, is one her finest albums to date. In context -- the film is set in New York City's '80s club scene -- the Cameo-sampled "Loverboy" sounds more vibrant than it initially did on radio. Carey puts her stamp on other nostalgic tracks in her trademark five-octave-range fashion, including "Don't Stop Funkin' 4 Jamaica," an up-tempo reworking of the basement party classic "Funkin' for Jamaica" featuring energized rapper Mystikal; a DJ Clue-assisted remake of "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life," featuring Busta Rhymes and newcomer Fabolous; and a sassy version of Cherelle's "Didn't Mean to Turn You On," written in 1984 by Glitter's executive producers, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The soundtrack isn't, however, completely retro. Carey gets into the mid-tempo groove with Ja Rule and Nate Dogg on the catchy "If We" and with Eric Benet on the provocative "Want You." And, of course, Glitter wouldn't be a Mariah Carey affair without a ballad -- or two or three. Here, the diva flexes her pipes on the poignant "Lead the Way," "Reflections Care Enough," and "Never Too Far." As much as these tearjerkers strain for sentiment, it's the disc's last slow jam that's the most telling. "Twister" ostensibly details the life of singer Billie Frank, Carey's character in the film, but the reflective lyrics mirror the songbird's own reality: "She was kind of fragile/And she had a lot to grapple.../Lord I pray she's found some peace." For Carey's sake, we certainly hope the same.
All Music Guide - Staff
Looking to go down the vocal-diva-becomes-movie-star path blazed by Diana Ross, Madonna, and Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey teamed with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to executive produce the soundtrack to her film debut. Keeping with her character Billie, a struggling 1980s singer trying to break into the biz via the club scene, Glitter has a handful of vintage dance covers given a modern twist. Chief among these interpretations are a vintage electro-funk reading of Cherrelle's "Didn't Mean to Turn You On" and a hip-shaking version of the underground classic "Funkin' for Jamaica," renamed "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)," which features Mystikal's rough-neck rapping. Carey also represents her love of hip-hop with a groove-heavy remake of "Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life" featuring Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, and DJ Clue? Elsewhere, Billie's real-life alter ego rips through a number of ballads with her powerful pipes, including the piano-driven "Reflections (Care Enough)," the heartfelt "Lead the Way," and the show-stopping "Never Too Far." Carey's collaborations with Cameo (the pounding funk track "Loverboy"), Ja Rule and Nate Dogg (the loping reggae jam "If We"), and Eric Benét (the midtempo workout "Want You") also appear on this crossover project.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724381079720
  • Catalog Number: 10797
  • Sales rank: 13,771

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Loverboy Remix - Shawnna (4:30)
  2. 2 Lead The Way (3:53)
  3. 3 If We - Ja Rule (4:20)
  4. 4 Didn't Mean to Turn You On (4:54)
  5. 5 Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica) - Mystikal (3:37)
  6. 6 All My Life (5:09)
  7. 7 Reflections (Care Enough) (3:20)
  8. 8 Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - Fabulous (6:43)
  9. 9 Want You - Eric Benét (4:43)
  10. 10 Never Too Far (4:21)
  11. 11 Twister (2:26)
  12. 12 Loverboy (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mariah Carey Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cameo Track Performer
Bryan Loren Keyboards
Trey Lorenz Background Vocals
Da Brat Track Performer
Busta Rhymes Track Performer
John Kennedy Violin
Derek Organ Drums
Alice Preves Violin
Tamas Strasser Violin
Mystikal Track Performer
Torrel Ruffin Guitar
Mystical Track Performer
Eric Benét Track Performer
Fernando Harkless Flute
Michael Herring Guitar
Brenda Mickens Violin
DJ Clue? Background Vocals
Mary Ann Tatum Background Vocals
Leslie Shank Violin
Pitnarry Shin Cello
Ja Rule Track Performer
Fabulous Track Performer
Ludacris Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rick James Composer
Da Brat Composer
Larry Blackmon Composer
Lee Blaske String Arrangements
Mariah Carey Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Howard Hersh Composer
Steve Hodge Engineer
Jimmy Jam Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer
Clark Kent Producer
Terry Lewis Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Alexander Richbourg drum programming
David Rideau Engineer
James Harris Composer
Walter Afanasieff Composer
Thomas Jenkins Composer
Toni Smith Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright Composer
Jeffrey Atkins Composer
Michael Cleveland Composer
DJ Clue? Composer, Producer, Contributor
Damizza Producer
Ludacris Composer
Kevin Guarnieri Digital Editing
Nathaniel Hale Composer
Damion Young Composer
Shawnna Composer
Pierre Philippe Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glitter

    Mariah Carey makes new sounds here 80´s pop and it sounds good in songs like Didn´t Mean To Turn You On,Last Night A Dj Saved My Life with rappers Busta Rhymes,Fabolous,and Dj Clue,All My Life is one of my fave on the album the powerballad Lead The Way was written by Mariah and Walter Afanasieff in 1997 so he didn´t work with her on this album they seperated ways after her Butterfly album and she began working with the duo of Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis instead they produced the song with Mariah for her Glitter movie not Walter A i don´t think he did though. my favorit songs on Mariah´s Glitter are. Lead The way,I Didn´t Mean To Turn You On,All My Life,Last Night A Dj Saved My Life and Never Too Far. All in all a nice album and worth for all Mariah fans. Mariah´s voice is very powerful on this album and she is the greatest of all divas with an voice of an angel and 7 stunning range.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Soundtrack to lame movie

    Mariah does what she does best, she writes great lyrics, produces hot beats and pays homage to the 80s in this nearly perfect record. Unfortunately the movie wasn't so great. My favorites on the album are Loverboy, Want you, Lead the way and the extremely poigant Twister. MAriah relays alot of her early experience with racism in this song (Twister) and conveys a vunerablity that she's never really done before. An excellent song that compliments an excellent record.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glitter

    Mariah´s Glitter is just okay i can´t say it is her best work but i think she did a really good job on the ballads Lead The Way,Never Too Far and the 80´s poppy song Didn´t mean to turn you on written by Terry Lewis&Jimmy Jam in 1982.The soundtrack album is better than the movie the movie really suck. And all those guest rappers i think they made the album flopp like it did Mariah has a big 7 octav range and when she sings with rappers she just whispers and that is not DIVA LIKE.Mariah is like Celine Dion,Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand and she should make more pop songs and Breathtaking ballads that she is known for. If You listen closely to Mariah with rappers you know if she would sing high notes the guest star rapper, you wouldn´t hear him sing beside her because of her big pipes that voice of hers is just so beautiful and she really can make every one cry the Butterfly song is awesome from the Butterfly album i´d never heard her belt out like that or Without you,Hero and on the Merry Christmas album she really gives everything she got and Glitter isn´t but you can hear her true self in the song of Lead The way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All That Glitters Isn't Always Gold

    As hard as it's for me to say, Mariah Carey's soundtrack album, Glitter, shares very little of Mariah's blood and tears of rhythm, body, harmony, spirit, and soul as it had in her other albums. But I have to say that at the time I bought this album, which was on Sept. 11, this album was somewhat a saving grace to this most tragic events of many lives in American history. Despite many of the "disco 80's like" tracks that made me cringe due to its thin, weak, and low energetic content, the very few ballads of love and loss truly pulled me through with a leap of faith. Those ballads somewhat found my place at that time and moment. So I guess I can say that the ballads on this "soundtrack" were the only super flying tunes that shined like glitter. But sadly, the whole album in itself didn't shine enough to make the "Glitter" into gold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It LIVES in my CD Player

    This album is fantastic, with '80s style flavor and grooves. It's ballads, dance tunes, melodic personals and slow jams keep me listening to it whenever I can. The best tracks are #2, #3, #4, #7, #8, and #10. Buy it today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed For The First Time

    I have always loved Mariah's albums, but "Glitter" leaves much to be desired. Her '80s songs are not very exciting, and some of them, such as "A DJ Saved My Life," are down-right boring. However, I still give Mariah credence for her beautiful ballads, such as "Lead the Way," and "Twister," "Reflection," and especially the classic of the album "Never Too Far." Her ballads are the reasons for the amount of stars I believe she has earned. For the most part, I would rather have an album that you can enjoy all of, instead of coninously having to skip several tracks to get to a good song.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glitter

    What can i say about this except BAD BAD BAD this album is aweful and i don´t like anything on this album except the two ballads Lead The Way and Never Too Far are the only good songs on this 11 track album.I Don´t recommend this album it´s the worst of all her albums.Buy instead albums with Celine Dion or Mariah´s older albums and the newest realize from Mariah Charmbracelet is much better than both Glitter and Rainbow buy that album it shows us that maybe Mariah is back but Charmbracelet isn´t all good though.Mariah´s collaborators on this album are as Jimmy Jam&Terry Lewis and they just do aweful songs with her though the ballad Never Too Far isn´t all bad it´s better than the other songs they did with her on this album,Walter Afanasieff did 1 song Lead The Way and that song is very nice but not the best work they have done together and that´s strange.Others are as DJ Clue&Ken Duro,Damizza,Clark Kent and Rick James.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BAD, BAD, AND WORSE... DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

    I am very upset over purchasing this CD and wasting my money. Since I'm sure no one will buy it, I will probably have to give it away and I cannot do that soon enough. This is the worst album Ms. Carey has EVER done... It is a bunch of remixed 80's "like" hits that should never have been. She hardly sings on the CD (certainly not like her first couple of albums), the lyrics are old, tired and very cliche; and there really isn't that special unique something about the album that she usually has had on her previous albums and hits. I listened to the whole thing and the only song she barely did a good job on was "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life" and even the way she did that is questionable. Unless you like Mariah Carey no matter what she puts out, do not buy this CD. Go back and buy some of her older albums... you'll be much better off. This woman is too old to be singing the same old songs that Sean "John" Puffy-Combs had her doing a few years earlier. I hate to say it, but I can see why the woman had a nervous break down...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mariah's sparkling glitter

    Despite it's poor reviews after being released, I just so happen to think that this album truly does sparkle like glitter. I loved the 80's remix's and I especially loved the creativity she showed in her song ''Loverboy''!!! The only thing bad about this was its release date!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fantastic Concept Album

    Mariah did a fantastic job with the songs for this album. They related so well to the movie. It honestly brought me back to 1980's when I was younger. It is a fun album on all of the fast tracks and really touching on the slow tracks. I really enjoyed it very much and would advise anyone that is a Mariah fan to buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pretty good

    the movie sucked, but the album is pretty good, only thing is if it wasnt released on the day of the 9-11 attacks, the album woulda just gone through the roof like always. but the album is good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BIGGEST MARIAH FAN IN ONT.CANADA

    For all you Mariah loves out there I congratulate you. Mariah is why i love singing she's inspired me for as long as i can remeber, and she knows how to sing not like those others like brittney and all them. She has an amazing voice and I dont think I have ever heard anyone sound as good as she does. I thought her movie was fanominal and she did an awesome job! Corine Cunningham Ontario, Canada 15 yrs old

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved it .

    I loved it I Recommend it and i loved loverboy and naver to far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW???

    eveything on this album is worked well and all has great tastre!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mariah Carey's Glitter is on top

    Mariah Carey's new album is bumbin'. It has hot beats and its a mix of R&B and rap. She throws down new sounds on this album it is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mariah's #1

    I am one of Mariah's biggest fan. Her music is very beautiful & inspirational. She is the greatest female artist of all time. Everyone who enjoys Glitter should purchase all of her other albums if you haven't already done so, you will know exactly what I am talking about. Mariah is #1!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Not many people may like Mariah's new image BUT you have to keep in mind it is NOT what she wears or doesnt wear...its about the music so dont judge her on appearance judge her by her soulful voice ...The music speaks for itself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glittering Soundtrack

    From Vision of Love to Fantasy, Honey, Heartbreaker and now this, Mariah surely still has it all whatever the critics and the media say about her. In this album, Mariah joins the 80's, 90's and the millenium together in one magnificent work of art.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Glitter Shines Like This CD

    Mariah has done it again. This Cd is wonderful and so is Mariah. She just keeps re-inventing herself over and over. Loverboy was all her songs mixed together if you listened closely. And this Cd is mixed with oldies and ballads and hip tunes. Mariah has stayed true to herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent CD

    I listened to a preview of this CD, and i loved it! Mariah Carey is an amazing singer and has a beautiful voice. I guarantee that everyone will love this CD!

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