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Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse
     

Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse

by Mariah Carey
 

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Mariah Carey's first proper album since 2009 is a couple covers away from being as nostalgic as the Glitter soundtrack. Its title -- well, the part that precedes the ellipses -- is taken from a self-portrait, reproduced on the back, drawn at the age of three and a half. "I'll just sit right here and sing that good old school shit to ya,

Overview

Mariah Carey's first proper album since 2009 is a couple covers away from being as nostalgic as the Glitter soundtrack. Its title -- well, the part that precedes the ellipses -- is taken from a self-portrait, reproduced on the back, drawn at the age of three and a half. "I'll just sit right here and sing that good old school shit to ya," she sings on "Dedicated," a song seasoned with a Wu-Tang sample, a Nas throwback verse, and reminiscent chatter. Like many other songs on the album, flashbacks are laced through the music as well as in the lyrics, with Carey reflecting upon happier moments in a relationship while either pining or scolding. The feel-good "You Don't Know What to Do," one of a few songs made with Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, cleverly interpolates Inner Life's 1979 disco classic "I'm Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)" and has Carey channeling the group's Jocelyn Brown throughout, especially in the intro. In sharp contrast with Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, a set produced strictly by Carey, Tricky Stewart, and the-Dream, this involves numerous co-writers and co-producers who bring distinct material, from the dusty and dreamy feel of "#Beautiful" (with Miguel) to the pumping, Eddie Kendricks-sampling "Meteorite" (a Q-Tip co-production). Additional co-producers Hit-Boy and Mike WiLL Made-It provide up-to-date elements, while the latter half involves a couple of gospel-flavored standouts, the latter of which is an inspired tribute to the Reverend James Cleveland. Carey unfortunately doesn't feel nostalgic for the succinctness of her early albums, but this shows that she's still capable of delivering 40 minutes of strong, supremely voiced R&B when she's up for it.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2014
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602537440498
catalogNumber:
001871302
Rank:
5946

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mariah Carey   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin,Concert Master
Jermaine Dupri   Background Vocals
Larry Gold   Conductor
Sherry McGhee   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Q-Tip   Keyboards
Eric Turner   Choir, Chorus
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Soloist
Bob Peterson   Violin
Steve Stoute   Vocals
Katrina Spence   Choir, Chorus
Happy Perez   Guitar
Mary Ann Tatum   Background Vocals
Troy Bright   Choir, Chorus
Jenny Takamatsu   Violin
Chris Sholar   Guitar
Bryan-Michael Cox   Background Vocals
Songa Lee   Violin
Marisa Kuney   Violin
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Takeytha Johnson   Background Vocals
James Fauntleroy   Background Vocals
Lauren Chipman   Viola
Louis Cato   Bass
Serena McKinney   Violin
Kathleen Sloan   Violin
Malik Spence   Choir, Chorus
Ina Veli   Violin
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Mike Whitson   Viola
Grace E. Oh   Violin
Kaila Potts   Viola
Andre Washington   Choir, Chorus
Melanie Rochford   Choir, Chorus
Latasha Jordan   Choir, Chorus
Ray Angry   Keyboards
Miguel   Guitar,Vocals
Ayana George   Choir, Chorus
Tiffany Morriar   Choir, Chorus
Haze Banga   Vocals
Melodie Nicholson   Choir, Chorus
Giovanna Clayton   Cello
Julie Jung   Cello
Barnell Norman   Choir, Chorus
Angelina Mendez   Choir, Chorus
Ajanee Hamrick   Choir, Chorus
Melinda Michelle Holder-Dawkins   Choir, Chorus
Melanie Lesley   Choir, Chorus
Kaylana Tatum   Background Vocals
Jackie Phillips   Choir, Chorus
Ilani Patterson   Choir, Chorus
Erin McGlover   Choir, Chorus
Stacey Laverne Berry   Choir, Chorus
Oresa Napper-Williams   Choir, Chorus
Nakiba Bonds   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

George Michael   Composer
Edwin Birdsong   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Composer
Terri Gonzalez   Composer
Patrick Adams   Composer
Mariah Carey   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
George Clinton   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer,Management
Allan Felder   Composer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Norman Harris   Composer
Q-Tip   Producer
Jess Sutcliffe   Engineer
Ron Tyson   Composer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer
Jason Hunter   Composer
Dennis Coles   Composer
Robert Diggs   Composer
Shari Sutcliffe   Contracting
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Blair Wells   Engineer
Curtis Burrell   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Brian Garten   Engineer,Vocal Mixing
Happy Perez   Producer
Mary Ann Tatum   Composer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Dan Satch   Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer,Producer
Gary Grice   Composer
Eric Wong   Marketing
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Nasir "Nas" Jones   Composer
Russell Jones   Composer
Clifford Smith   Composer
James Fauntleroy   Composer
Brook Davis   Composer,drum programming,Additional Production
Hit-Boy   Producer
Kristen Yiengst   Artwork,Photo Production
Olubowale Akintimehin   Composer
Nathan Perez   Composer
Mac Robinson   Composer
Lamont Hawkins   Composer
Corey Woods   Composer
Mike Williams   Composer
Chris Plata   Engineer
Kenta Yonesaka   Engineer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Producer
Miguel   Producer,drum programming
John Jackson   Composer
John Horesco   Engineer
Stephen Hybicki   Engineer
Andy Proctor   Package Production
Matt Champlin   Engineer
James Wright   Composer
Chauncey Hollis   Composer
Greg Morgan   Engineer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
Haze Banga   Engineer,Additional Production
Miguel Pimentel   Composer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Producer
Denisia Andrews   Composer
Rey Reel   Producer
Louise McNally   Management
Connie Filippelo   Public Relations
Cindi Berger   Public Relations

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