Mariah Carey’s 14th Studio Album Rocks



The American superstar, 44, is never dull. And, for all its self-regarding packaging, this is actually rather good  a slow-burning mix of pop and R&B that gathers momentum. Having begun a detour into hip-hop with 1997’s Butterfly, Carey is now returning to more soulful fare.  And while a series of guest vocalists and rappers drift in and out, it is her dazzling, five-octave voice that steals the show. The opening track, Cry, sets a dreamy, elegant tone, while the old-school flavour is maintained on Dedicated (with a cameo by New York rapper Nas) and Make It Look Good (including a harmonica solo from Stevie Wonder)


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