The Emancipation of Mimi [Platinum Edition]

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
You don't expect to hear a streetwise quip like, "Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion," fall from the well-appointed lips of veteran pop star Mariah Carey, but that's exactly what she belts on the danceable lead single, "It's Like That," from The Emancipation of Mimi. As the title of her eighth studio album indicates, Carey -- called Mimi by her close friends -- has unleashed the less P.C. side of her personality. Departing from the ballad-heavy direction of 2002's Charmbracelet, Mimi is closer in sound and mood to 1997's hip-hop- and classic-soul-drenched Butterfly. Although she can't quite reach the pitch-perfect heights she once did, Carey is still a soaring ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
You don't expect to hear a streetwise quip like, "Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion," fall from the well-appointed lips of veteran pop star Mariah Carey, but that's exactly what she belts on the danceable lead single, "It's Like That," from The Emancipation of Mimi. As the title of her eighth studio album indicates, Carey -- called Mimi by her close friends -- has unleashed the less P.C. side of her personality. Departing from the ballad-heavy direction of 2002's Charmbracelet, Mimi is closer in sound and mood to 1997's hip-hop- and classic-soul-drenched Butterfly. Although she can't quite reach the pitch-perfect heights she once did, Carey is still a soaring songbird with a signature sound. And to compensate for any weathering of her pristine pipes, she enlists a top-notch team of collaborators. Standouts include the goose bump-inducing, Kanye West–produced "Stay the Night," the Jermaine Dupri–produced doo-wop jam "Shake It Off," and the sparse funk of the Neptunes-helmed and Snoop Dogg–assisted "Say Somethin'." With her next outing, let's hope that the melodrama-prone Carey doesn't disturb the infectious groove she's found here, and that the carefree Mimi is here to stay.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The titular "Mimi" of The Emancipation of Mimi is, by all accounts, an alter ego of Mariah, a persona that captures Carey's true feelings and emotions. In case you didn't know what "emancipation" means, Mariah helpfully provides a dictionary definition of the word in the opening pages of the liner notes for her eighth proper album: it means "to free from restraint, control, oppression, or the power of another" or "to free from any controlling influence" or "to free somebody from restrictions or conventions." So, on The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah frees herself from the constraints of being herself, revealing herself to be -- well, somebody that looks startlingly like Beyoncé, if the cover art is any indication. Mimi, or at least the sound of her emancipation, sounds remarkably like Beyoncé, too, working a similarly sultry, low-key, polished club groove. And that's the main story of The Emancipation of Mimi: since the reserved, tasteful adult contemporary pop of 2002's Charmbracelet failed to revive her career, she's done a 180 and returned to R&B, in hopes that maybe this will create some excitement. It's not a bad idea, particularly because Mariah could use any change at this point, and it's not executed all that badly either, as all 14 tracks -- heavy on mid-tempo cuts and big ballads, with a few harder dance tunes featuring big-name guest rappers scattered along the way -- all follow the same deliberately smoky, late-night template. While the Neptunes provide the best dance cut here with "Say Somethin'" (featuring a cameo by Snoop Dogg), especially welcome are some nice old-school '70s smooth soul flourishes, best heard on James Poyser's deliciously sleek "Mine Again" and such "Big Jim" Wright productions as "I Wish You Knew" and "Fly Like a Bird." As good as those Wright-helmed cuts are, they are also the times that the mixes slip and don't hide the flaws in Mariah's voice, and it sounds as airy, thin, and damaged as it did on Charmbracelet, where her ragged vocals dealt a fatal blow to an already weak album. Here, apart from those Wright tracks, the producers camouflage her voice in a number of ways, usually involving putting the groove and the sound of the production in front of the vocals. While the tunes aren't always memorable, it does make for a consistent album, one that's head and shoulders above the other LPs she's released in the 2000s, even if it doesn't compare with her glory days of the '90s. Ironically enough, a big reason why The Emancipation of Mimi doesn't sound as good as those '90s albums is that Mariah never sounds like herself on this record. When she's not sounding like Beyoncé, she sounds desperate to be part of the waning bling era, dropping product placements for Bacardi, Calgon, and Louis Vuitton, or bragging about her house in Capri and her own G4, all of which sounds a little tired and awkward coming from a 35-year-old woman in her 15th year of superstardom. Disregarding these two rather sizeable problems, The Emancipation of Mimi still works, at least as a slick, highly crafted piece of dance-pop -- it might not be as hip as it thinks it is, nor is it as catchy as it should be, but it's smooth and listenable, which is enough to have it qualify as a relative comeback for "Mimi" Carey. [A 2005 Platinum Edition comprised a reissue and four bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2005
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498872017
  • Catalog Number: 000578402
  • Sales rank: 30,046

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Like That (3:23)
  2. 2 We Belong Together (3:22)
  3. 3 Shake It Off (3:52)
  4. 4 Mine Again (4:01)
  5. 5 Say Somethin' (3:44)
  6. 6 Stay the Night (3:57)
  7. 7 Get Your Number - Jermaine Dupri (3:15)
  8. 8 One and Only - Twista (3:14)
  9. 9 Circles (3:30)
  10. 10 Your Girl (2:46)
  11. 11 I Wish You Knew (3:34)
  12. 12 To the Floor - Nelly (3:27)
  13. 13 Joy Ride
  14. 14 Fly Like a Bird (3:53)
  15. 15 Don't Forget About Us
  16. 16 Makin' It Last All Night (What It Do) - Jermaine Dupri
  17. 17 So Lonely (One & Only, Pt. 2) - Twista
  18. 18 We Belong Together - Styles P
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mariah Carey Primary Artist, Vocals
Trey Lorenz Vocals
Snoop Dogg Rap
Jermaine Dupri Background Vocals
Twista Rap
James "Big Jim" Wright Keyboards
Johnta Austin Background Vocals
Nelly Rap
Fatman Scoop Background Vocals
Chop Horns Horn
Charles Drayton Drums
Technical Credits
T.D. Bell Composer
Mariah Carey Composer
Jermaine Dupri Composer, Audio Production
Patrick Moten Composer
J.C. Phillips Composer
James Poyser Composer
Manuel Seal Jr. Composer
Ashley Ingram Composer
Rodney Jerkins Composer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Composer
Nick Jolley Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer
Sha Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright Composer
Calvin Broadus Composer
Chad Hugo Composer
Johnta Austin Composer
C.C. Mitchell Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer
Sidney Allen Johnson Composer
L. Daniels Composer
J. Alston Composer
M. Riddick Composer
C. Mitchell Composer
M. Carey Composer
J. Dupri Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I use to love this album!!

    I got "Mimi" when it came out and it was definately worth the price. Every song is worth listening to. If you liked "Charmbracelet" and "Glitter" sound of her post-sony albums then you'll love "...Mimi." It was one of the highest selling albums of 2005 and deservedly so! I love the #1 hit "We Belong Together." I think it's much better than 'Touch My Body" though I enjoy that song too. "It's Like That" is a great up tempo club jam, great for clubs or wedding reception parties! I also love the last song "Fly Like A Bird." I also enjoy the ballad "I Wish You Knew." She channels her inner-beyonce in this album and it works! If you liked her hits from this album you'll probably like the rest like I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FLY Like a BIRD MARIAH!!!

    Although you took a hiatus WELCOME BACK!!! you Are Still the 5 Vocal DIVA We've always Loved. It's a Shame to hate on someone who has Uncompariable Talent like yours. You put your Old School with Grooves for those who are into The New School. You have taken yourself in this industry with class. You are truly a blessing. PS. althoug I'm not holier than Thau ,I absolutely LOVE how you include your Grounded Spirituality in Each of your CD's Not forgetting where you came from. Your Mother has to be proud!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    come back kid

    I honestly am speechless after listening to this cd. For her to come back from everything this strongly, is just amazing. Everyone probably expected her to fall flat on her face, but she has shown her critics to never doubt her. Although I appreciate her older work more, her new work is still amazing. Her lyrics are fresh and each song is different. The cd seems to be a continuation of a story almost to me, and this is one cd that will be in my radio a long, long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A New Beginning

    I think Mariah Carey could have done a better job with her new album. I understand that this cd was suppose to show a sign of a new beginning and what not. In this particular album, there were only 2-3 songs that I really enjoyed. This CD was not entirely bad. I like her new style in some of her songs, but in a lot of them, she could've showed a little more originality. Mariah Carey has a beautiful voice, and is a very talented artist. If I had to compare this album with her other ones, I would say that her older albums were stronger and more enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best RnB cd of the year,straight up!

    Mariah's hard work shows in this cd. When you put a great singer like mc with a hot producer like jd,you can't expect nothin but fire.

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