This is the album the Lambily has been waiting for!!! Mariah Carey finally released her 17th studio album entitled ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse‘.
According to HipHop Daily, the album is on track to sell 65k in the first week. This is great considering that it doesn’t even have a lead single. I say that because “You’re Mine (Eternal)” didn’t make the final cut.
Lets jump right into the review…
Let me just say this… Mother Mariah always has the best album openers. This song is about relationships and break-ups 🙁 . You can feel every once of emotion that Mariah poured into this track. “Til we both break down and cry.” Those are lyrics from the song. We often compete with our partners. Who can hurt the worse? Who can have the worse attitude? Childish. At some point both will “break down and cry.” Great song.
“Faded” is a mid-tempo track produced by Mike Will. “Baby you’re faded… faded…” Mariah’s voice rides this smooth track. Classic, nostagic MiMi. Any true fans of hers will now what I mean when I say its “For the nostalgia!” *giggles*
Dedicated (feat. Nas)
This song gives me straight Mariah circa the 1990s… The beat is very hip hop and when all of hip hop can rejoice when Nas jumps on the track. Ugh… This is definitely a summer track to cruise to.
“Oh… You’re thirsty!” When I first heard the title of this track, I was like “Um, Mariah shouldn’t be singing about thirst.” I felt she was too mature of a singer to sing songs like this. But at first listen, I found myself bobbing my head and singing along. She singing about how people are so thirsty for fame and attention. It’s a great up-tempo track.
Make It Look Good
“Make It Look Good” is another classic Mariah song. Smooth vocals mixed with a sick beat. It has a very 80’s vibe to it. Live instruments and harmonica’s flood the track. Definitely feel good music. A stand out track.
You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale)
I instantly feel in love with this song when she debuted it live on the ‘Today Show‘. This is another hip/hop track. Very circa early 2000’s. This could be a great radio hit for the summer. Wale’s flows rides the track very well. I can see this song being huge. One of my favs!
Mariah always finds a way to embed her laughter throughout her albums. I believe that’s one of her trademarks. “Supernatural” is filled with laughter and is just a fun song. We here Roc n Roe in the background of the track laughing and playing. Mariah sings about how the love she shares with her family is supernatural. This song is very easy to relate. It’s song cute how Monroe is in the background saying, “Mommy, I’m a Chanteuse”. My heart melted.
winding down the holiday n the backyard listening 2 t Elusive Chanteuse @MariahCarey "METEORITE!" …She's gone & Done it…MUSIC/That VOICE
— Anita Baker (@IAMANITABAKER) May 27, 2014
This is one of the two ballads on the album that Mariah blesses us with. A great song and she brings back the choir in the background. I love how she sticks true to her classic self.
Money ($*/…) [feat. Fabolous]
Money Sh*T is about all things fabulous. Private Jets and personal chiefs. What else would we expect from a diva like her?
One More Try
Another love song. Haven’t we all wanted “One More Try” from our lovers? We all been in this situation. That’s what makes this song so relatable. A George Michael remake. Classic. Classic. Classic.
Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now)
Mariah is one of the only artists that always includes and inspirational track on her albums. I appreciate that because it shows that she is truly grounded in her Christianity.
Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
This isn’t a song but we hear Mariah talk about where she got the album title from. She stated how she drew a self-portrait at the age of 3 and named it “Me. I Am Mariah.”