Mariah Carey – Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse (Deluxe Japan Version) [iTunes Plus AAC M4A + M4V] (2014)

Mariah Carey‘s first proper album since 2009 is a couple covers away from being as nostalgic as the Glitter soundtrack. Its title — well, the part that precedes the ellipses — is taken from a self-portrait, reproduced on the back, drawn at the age of three and a half. “I’ll just sit right here and sing that good old school shit to ya,” she sings on “Dedicated,” a song seasoned with a Wu-Tang sample, a Nasthrowback verse, and reminiscent chatter. Like many other songs on the album, flashbacks are laced through the music as well as in the lyrics, with Carey reflecting upon happier moments in a relationship while either pining or scolding. The feel-good “You Don’t Know What to Do,” one of a few songs made with Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, cleverly interpolates Inner Life‘s 1979 disco classic “I’m Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)” and has Carey channeling the group’s Jocelyn Brownthroughout, especially in the intro. In sharp contrast with Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, a set produced strictly by CareyTricky Stewart, and the-Dream, this involves numerous co-writers and co-producers who bring distinct material, from the dusty and dreamy feel of “#Beautiful” (with Miguel) to the pumping, Eddie Kendricks-sampling “Meteorite” (a Q-Tip co-production). Additional co-producers Hit-Boy and Mike WiLL Made-It provide up-to-date elements, while the latter half involves a couple of gospel-flavored standouts, the latter of which is an inspired tribute to the Reverend James Cleveland. The quality level is as varied as the sounds — a quality that makes the set play out like a collection of songs that could have been edited and/or sequenced in innumerable ways. The standard edition could have done without the clumpy and jumbled “Money ($ * / …),” the oddly cheap-sounding cover of George Michael‘s “One More Try,” and the stiff and empty “Thirsty,” all of which weigh down the hour-plus program. Carey unfortunately doesn’t feel nostalgic for the succinctness of her early albums, but this shows that she’s still capable of delivering 40 minutes of strong, supremely voiced R&B when she’s up for it.

Mariah Carey – Me. I Am Mariah + Extras

$4.99

  1. Cry
  2. Faded
  3. Dedicated (feat. Nas)
  4. #Beautiful (feat. Miguel)
  5. Thirsty
  6. Make It Look Good
  7. You’re Mine (Eternal)
  8. You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale)
  9. Supernatural
  10. Meteorite
  11. Camouflage
  12. Money ($ * / …) [feat. Fabolous]
  13. One More Try
  14. Heavenly (No Ways Tired / Can’t Give Up Now)
  15. It’s a Wrap (feat. Mary J. Blige)
  16. Betcha Gon’ Know
  17. The Art of Letting Go
  18. Me. I Am Mariah…. The Elusive Chanteuse

#Beautiful (feat. Miguel)

You’re Mine (Eternal)

You’re Mine (Eternal) [Remix] (feat. Trey Songz)

INCLUDES EXTRAS:

#Beautiful (feat. Miguel) – Single (Clean + Explicit Version)

#Beautiful (#Hermosa – Spanglish Version) – Single + Video

#Beautiful (Remix) [feat. Miguel & A$AP Rocky] – Single

#Beautiful (Remix) [feat. Miguel & Jeezy] – Single

The Art of Letting Go – Single

Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse (Deluxe Clean Version) + #Beautiful (Clean Music Video)

Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse (Japan Version) Deluxe Edition Tracklist + America The Beautiful Bonus Track

You’re Mine (Eternal) – Single

  1. You’re Mine (Eternal)
  2. You’re Mine (Instrumental)

You’re Mine (Eternal) [Remix] (feat. Trey Songz)

You’re Mine (Eternal) The Dance Remixes

  1. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Fedde Le Grand Remix]
  2. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Fedde Le Grand Remix Edit]
  3. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Chus & Ceballos Remix]
  4. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Chus & Ceballos Remix Edit]
  5. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Gregor Salto & Funkin Matt Remix]
  6. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Gregor Salto & Funkin Matt Remix Edit]
  7. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Gregor Salto & Funkin Matt Remix Instrumental]

You’re Mine (Eternal) [Remixes]

  1. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Jump Smokers Extended]
  2. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Jump Smokers Radio Edit]
  3. You’re Mine (Eternal) [Jump Smokers Instrumental]
  4. You’re Mine (Eternal) [JD & Kurd Maverick Extended]
  5. You’re Mine (Eternal) [JD & Kurd Maverick Radio Edit]

You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale) – Single

  1. You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale) [Album Version]
  2. You Don’t Know What To Do (No Rap Version)
  3. You Don’t Know What To Do (Radio Edit) [feat. Wale]
  4. You Don’t Know What To Do (A Capella)
  5. You Don’t Know What To Do (Instrumental)

Meteorite (Q-Tip Version) – Unofficial Single

Thirsty (Remix) [feat. Rich Homie Quan] – Unofficial Single

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