Mariah Carey Switches Focus To Ballads On ‘Charmbracelet’
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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Mariah is still and will always be number one, everyone else is way too far behind her to catch up, I’m so glad she’s resting her voice, now she can really hit those high notes.
Granted, I think Charmbracelet is a good CD, it’ has some fillers too, but it’s overall a good CD. HOWEVER, to compare it to The 1st CD is a Crime. The 1st Cd was my fave, Mariah sang on that CD, like she was singing for her supper. Like a down-home black chick, singing in Church. Charmbracelet is very whispery, softly song. It’s torch song vocals. When Mariah picks up the mic and records like she use too, and stops the whispering, she’ll have the right to reclaim her throne. Example: Vocals on Music Box’s “All I Ever Wanted” PERFECT>
I love that song, I wish she would sing it live at least once, She has so many good songs that she never released, which I think are better than some of the ones she has.
yeah, I know…she has slept on “All I Ever Wanted”. It’s just as good as Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You”.