this one is for the lambily! the first incorporated stan club in the history of music celebrated the release of mother mariah carey’s new album, “me. i am mariah. the elusive chanteuse” this week. the singles dropped with barely any fanfare, so i was pretty nervous about the album. welp, it swept down on tuesday and wound up being pretty much perfect. classic mariah is back, but she still managed to sound current. jermaine dupri truly is to mariah what jimmy jam and terry lewis are to janet or what rich harrison is to amerie or what rodney jerkins was to brandy. however, mariah’s last album had me convinced that maaaaaybe mariah was her best with terius nash aka the-dream. “memoirs of an imperfect angel” is today’s slice of ‘best album you’ve never heard’.
i’m not sure if this is common knowledge, but mariah carey is one of the greatest songwriters of all time. know how i know? she’s written every single song that has come out of her mouth. ::insert cash register sound here:: we all know about the-dream’s pen game, so pairing the two along with tricky stewart’s production meant nothing but flawlessness. the big single from this album was “obsessed”, but those weren’t my sentiments for that song. its follow up was “up out my face” with the then budding rap star nicki minaj. the lyrics were pure, terius foolery and a total bopfest. unfortunately, we’ll never see this performed live ever again…because “american idol”. one of my fave tracks from the album must also be a gem for mariah, since she used it for “me. i am mariah…” in the form of a duet with mary j. listen to “it’s a wrap” here. this album is epic top to bottom, with “h.a.t.e.u.”, “ribbon”, and “standing o” taking the top slots. the trophy however went to “the impossible” and its reprise. venus x played it one time in the basement of happy ending back in 2009 and i slid down the dj booth and wept. listen below and it’ll all make sense.
i’m off to attempt to see kara walker’s “a subtlety” this afternoon without having to fight anyone. in the meantime, download (or listen on spotify) “memoirs of an imperfect angel” and catch up on all of the mariahculousness you missed. as for me, it’ll be an all mariah weekend.