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Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2014
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602537440498
  • Catalog Number: 001871302
  • Sales rank: 24,737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cry (4:48)
  2. 2 Faded (3:39)
  3. 3 Dedicated - Nasir "Nas" Jones (4:13)
  4. 4 #Beautiful - Miguel (3:19)
  5. 5 Thirsty (3:25)
  6. 6 Make It Look Good (3:23)
  7. 7 You're Mine (Eternal) (3:44)
  8. 8 You Don't Know What to Do - Wale (4:47)
  9. 9 Supernatural - Dembabies Aka Ms. Monroe (4:37)
  10. 10 Meteorite (3:50)
  11. 11 Camouflage (4:48)
  12. 12 Money ($ * / ...) - Fabolous (4:54)
  13. 13 One More Try (6:17)
  14. 14 Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can't Give Up Now) (5:38)
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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
Grace Oh Violin
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
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
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
George Clinton Jr. Composer
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
Herb Powers Jr. Mastering
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 Jr. Producer
Denisia Andrews Composer
Rey Reel Producer
Louise McNally Management
Connie Filippelo Public Relations
Cindi Berger Public Relations
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