Saturday, August 31, 2013

Billboard Celebrate 'Music Box'

It's been twenty years since the release of Mariah Carey's third album Music Box; Her biggest selling record to date, with its worldwide sales tallying over 32 million. It also plays home to two number-ones ("Dreamlover" and signature ballad "Hero") and arguably one of her biggest worldwide hits, the remake of rock band Badfinger's "Without You."

Musically, the album signified her first dalliance with R&B--a sound that becomes apparent on the Babyface produced "Never Forget You"--way before she dived into the genre head-first four years later on 1997's Butterfly. 

There are also some softcore New Jack Swing and '90s dance influences, particularly on the jaunty "I've Been Thinking About You" and "Now That I Know." But ultimately this is an Adult Contemporary record stuffed to the brim with sugary ballads that put her then-five octave range on the forefront.

While it's definitely a significant album in her career, it's not a favourite of mine. It ranks somwhere below Butterfly, Daydream and the career-rectifying The Emancipation of Mimi. Check out Billboard's track-by-track review here.

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