Monday, September 28, 2009
Reviews for Mariah's Memoirs looking strong
Reviews are in for Mariah Carey's new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which arrives in stores tommorow and their looking pretty good. This was one I was automatically going to get despite reviews, but now I want it even more.
Allmusic (my favorite source for album reviews) give the album a 3.5, calling it a "genuine pop thrill," choosing the two singles "Obessed" and Foreginers cover "I Want to Know What Love Is" as track picks. They also note "H.A.T.E.U." one of my favorites on the album thus far. It seems they like it more than last years' E=MC2, which landed a 3 out of 5 rating.
LA Times give the album a 2.5 out of 4, calling it "an experiment that illuminates her place in the pantheon," they note on the breathiness of the album, which doesn't only elude a sexy element but a more emotive one, which I picked up on too. Another interesting comment: "Her ability, even when she's scaling vocal heights, to still come off as just another girl at the nail salon."
The Times aren't too impressed, giving the album a 2 out of 5. Weirdly their review doesn't seem as bitter as the rating.
I've been listening to the album since yesterday and I'm widely impressed, possibly her best since, Butterfly, (no offence to Mimi). The slick, piano laden "Inseperable" and the whimsical slow jam "H.A.T.E.U." are my current favorites. Review on the way.