Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many big-budget albums of the last years of the 2000s, Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel faced shifting release dates, all as the final product was tweaked in light of disappointing reactions to early singles, particularly the Eminem-baiting "Obsessed." Unlike many of those big-budget albums, including several made by Mariah herself, Memoirs isn't the product of a stable of producers and collaborators; it is almost entirely the work of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, the team best known for their tracks for Rihanna. Certainly, there are echoes of "Umbrella" to be heard on Memoirs, just as there are elements of the gauzy "Touch My Body," The-Dream ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like many big-budget albums of the last years of the 2000s, Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel faced shifting release dates, all as the final product was tweaked in light of disappointing reactions to early singles, particularly the Eminem-baiting "Obsessed." Unlike many of those big-budget albums, including several made by Mariah herself, Memoirs isn't the product of a stable of producers and collaborators; it is almost entirely the work of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, the team best known for their tracks for Rihanna. Certainly, there are echoes of "Umbrella" to be heard on Memoirs, just as there are elements of the gauzy "Touch My Body," The-Dream and Tricky Stewart's previous single for Mariah, although working with mainly one set of producers does give Memoirs a cohesion that can sometimes lapse into sameness, but not in an unpleasant fashion. Even if it doesn't smack of the confessional autobiography of the title, there's no denying that Memoirs is an album, not a collection of tracks, possessing its own flow and mood, which gives it a personality the slightly desperate E=MC2 lacked, even if it never manages to kick out a song that is all that distinctive on its own terms. Nevertheless, what it also lacks is the pandering, heavy-handed sexuality Mariah has relied upon too heavily this decade -- and in doing so, it feels age appropriate in a way she hasn't in a long time, despite a collection of silly, jumbled lyrics. All Memoirs needs to push it over the edge is a great pair of singles, and their absence does hurt the album a bit, but not enough to prevent it from being her most interesting album in a decade.
Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
1/2 On her 12th album, she gets in touch with her funny bone, adding a cheeky marching-band coda to the thumping club jam "Up Out My Face," threatening to out a cheating lover on national television in "Betcha Gon' Know" ("Oprah Winfrey whole segment, for real").
Entertainment Weekly - Leah Greenblatt
Mariah Carey has already found radio rapture with Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel's first two singles, the brash synth kiss-off ''Obsessed'' and a soaring cover of Foreigner's schmaltz-supreme ballad ''I Want to Know What Love Is.'' [B]

Mariah Carey has already found radio rapture with Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel's first two singles, the brash synth kiss-off ''Obsessed'' and a soaring cover of Foreigner's schmaltz-supreme ballad ''I Want to Know What Love Is.'' [B]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/2009
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602527133652
  • Catalog Number: 001322602
  • Sales rank: 49,944

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue) (4:00)
  2. 2 Obsessed (4:05)
  3. 3 H.A.T.E.U. (4:28)
  4. 4 Candy Bling (4:03)
  5. 5 Ribbon (4:21)
  6. 6 Inseparable (3:34)
  7. 7 Standing O (4:00)
  8. 8 It's a Wrap (3:59)
  9. 9 Up Out My Face (3:41)
  10. 10 Up Out My Face (The Reprise) (0:51)
  11. 11 More Than Just Friends (3:37)
  12. 12 The Impossible (4:01)
  13. 13 The Impossible (The Reprise) (2:26)
  14. 14 Angel (The Prelude) (1:04)
  15. 15 Angels Cry (4:02)
  16. 16 Languishing (The Interlude) (2:34)
  17. 17 I Want to Know What Love Is (3:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Obsessed (3:18)
  2. 2 Obsessed (3:10)
  3. 3 Obsessed (3:17)
  4. 4 Obsessed (4:09)
  5. 5 Obsessed (4:04)
  6. 6 Obsessed - Gucci Mane (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mariah Carey Primary Artist
Alex Al Bass Guitar
Randy Jackson Bass
Sherry McGhee Background Vocals
Ronnie Gutierrez Percussion
Randy Jackson Bass
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Leon Bisquera Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
James "Big Jim" Wright Keyboards, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Mary Ann Tatum Background Vocals
Arturo Solar Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Julio Miranda Guitar
Sherry Tatum Background Vocals
Matthew Rollings Keyboards
John Lemkuhl Keyboards
John J. Robert Trombone, Bass Trombone
James M. King Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jheron Garnett Drums
Monte Neuble Keyboards, Vocoder, Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Mick Jones Composer
Cyndi Lauper Composer
Barry White Composer
John Klemmer Composer
Mariah Carey Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer
Mark DeBarge Composer
Rob Hyman Composer
Carlos McKinney Composer
Randy Jackson Producer
Rashad Smith Composer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart Composer, Producer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner Sample Clearance
Crystal Johnson Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright Producer
Brian Garten Engineer
Michael Seltzer Business Consultant
Kevin Guarnieri Engineer
Joe Brenner Legal Advisor
Allen Grubman Legal Advisor
Etterlene Jordan Composer
The-Dream Composer, Producer
Carol Corless Package Production
Damien Lewis Engineer
Andrew Wuepper Engineer
Carlos Oyanedel Engineer
Ron Nash Management
Sonya Guardo Legal Advisor
Rosemarie Passerino Management
Antoinette Trotman Business Consultant
Los DaMystro Arranger, Producer
John Lemkuhl Programming
Heatmyzer Producer
Chris Wallace Composer
Ahmad Lewis Composer
Alberta Brown Composer
Nick Chahwala Engineer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    cooooooooooooooooooool

    i enjoy her work on her music

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    some good tracks

    I found this to be pretty good...still like some of MC's earlier work better.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel"

    Mariah Carey's 12th studio album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" feels like an R&B journey back in time. The artwork on the CD packaging is reminiscent of yesteryear with Mariah replicating the pictures from her self-titled debut album from 1990, "Mariah Carey" and from her 1997 album "Butterfly". Somehow, Mariah in 2009 looks prettier, happier, and more confident than Mariah in the 1990's did. Accompanying "Memoirs" is an "Elle" mini-magazine starring Mariah. The mini-magazine features Mariah's commentary about her feelings on her previous albums, a listing of some of Mariah's favorite things(including a tour of her expansive and neatly organized closet that resembles an upscale department store), information about the movie, "Precious", and interviews with both Mariah and her husband, Nick Cannon. The magazine also contains the usual content for a CD insert such as song lyrics, thank you's, and credits, and when you read the credits, you'll see that not only does Mariah have "The Voice" but she also has "The Brain" since she wrote all the songs except for the one cover song that she remade and she is also the executive producer. There's also an extra CD that contains four remixes to the lead single, "Obsessed" along with the original music video and a remixed music video.
    One of the things that's most remarkable about Mariah is that not only does she have a beautiful voice, but she's also a talented and witty songwriter that writes all her own songs that have a unique flair in the way that she can effortlessly go back and forth between impressive vocabulary words and silly words and phrases that are laced with both current and older terminology and slang some of which is mainstream, others she brilliantly makes up. For example, in "Obsessed" when she sings "you're delusional, you're delusional" she's using an impressive vocabulary word and than in "Obsessed", she also sings that she can "See right through ya like you're bathin' in Windex" which is a silly thing to say and in "Obsessed" she also sings "He's all up in my George Foreman" which is a unique way to utilize the slang term "He's all up in my grill" by referencing the famous George Foreman grill.
    In her own signature style, Mariah once again captivates us with her voice and her lyrics and her fun sense of humor.
    "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" is a must-have!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Well worth the money. A large number of tracks. Great stories inside the liner notes.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    THE ALBUM IS WORTH BUYING FOR!!

    When I first listened to the songs...... Its was kinda boring, however the second time... Oh my GOD I was surprise, the songs are great, it was very well recorded. I LOVE IT! Esp, ANGELS CRY and STANDING O!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wow!!!!!

    Beautiful R&B influenced album!

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