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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Mariah Carey - Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (Album Review)

Track Listing:
1. Betcha Gon Know
2. Obsessed
3. H.A.T.E.U.
4. Candy Bling
5. Ribbon
6. Inseparable
7. Standing O
8. It's A Wrap
9. Up Out My Face
10. Up Out My Face (The Reprise)
11. More Than Just Friends
12. The Impossible
13. The Impossible (The Reprise)
14. Angel (Prelude)
15. Angels Cry
16. Languishing (The Interlude)
17. I Want To Know What Love Is
18. Obsessed (Cahill Radio Mix
19. Obsessed (Seamus Haji And Paul Emanuel Radio Edit)
20. Obsessed (Jump Smokers Radio Edit)
21. Obsessed (Friscia And Lamboy Radio Mix)

Mariah played it safe with her latest album. Betcha Gon' Know opens the album softly, telling you soothing R&B tunes are on the way. After that, the album gets more upbeat with Obsessed, the lead single from the album. A bit egoistic, but she sings it more than well. Then suddenly everything's soft again with H.A.T.E.U., which stands for Having A Typical Emotional Upset. After that, Candy Bling makes things a bit boring, and you really wish for a much better track to make you want to continue listening to the album. Then, an upbeat track Ribbon brings things slightly faster, and you're more interested again, just to have another R&B ballad Inseparable takes things slower again. Then suddenly a standout track from the album (one of my personal favourites from her album) standing O's catchy beat really gets to you, and the chorus is really the one that catches your attention the most. This track is in a way like Rihanna's Take A Bow. Another R&B ballad starts again, which really showcases Mariah still can sing and hit those high notes. Up Out My Face, another upbeat track lightens things up a little bit. Up Out My Face (The Reprise) is really horrible and doesn't fit in with the album at all, as it feels just like an anthem and Mariah trying to be young. More Than Just Friends is a midtempo track which is okay and reminds me of Touch My Body. The Impossible is another ballad that bores you and fails to stand out, as almost all of the ballads from this album sound the same to me. The Impossible (The Reprise) is better as it's more midtempo than ballad. Angels (The Prelude) simply blows you away with Mariah's vocals wowing you and Angels Cry is one of the standout ballads from the album that was worth a second listen. Languishing (The Interlude) is quite interesting, least to say. But it's I Want To Know What Love Is that ends the album on a perfect note, and one of her best covers she has done so far. All the other official remixes of Obsessed sounds too rushed and only the Friscia & Lamboy remix slow it down, but it sounds too slow for me. So, this isn't about Mariah finding a new sound or anything, she says true to herself and besides a couple of less than worthy tracks on her album, this album was pretty good and was more of a showcase of Mariah's polished vocals than anything.


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