After years of increasing hip-hop influence in Mariah Carey’s music, ‘Charmbracelet’ focuses on the ballads with which Carey established herself as a hit-maker in the early 1990s. “It takes you back to the first album,” Carey explains to Curtis Ross of The Tampa Tribune concerning the similarities between ‘Charmbracelet’ and her eponymous 1990 debut. “‘My Saving Grace’ [from ‘Charmbracelet’] has a vibe like ‘Vision of Love,’‚” her first hit single, Carey says. “There are still songs with a strong hip-hop influence,” she insists, citing rapper Jay-Z’s appearance on ‘You Got Me.’ “There are different things, but the focus is the ballads.”
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