Performer and songwriter Mariah Carey has set April 15th as the in-store date for the most eagerly anticipated album of the year, E=MC˛. The 11th studio album of her career, E=MC˛ is the follow-up to The Emancipation Of Mi... more »mi, Mariah's worldwide 10 million selling #1 album, which generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), 2 #1 singles and countless more industry honors during its 18-month stay on the charts. The first single from E=MC˛ is "Touch My Body," written and produced by Mariah Carey, C. "Tricky" Stewart, and The-Dream, and blasting out worldwide on February 12th. The video for "Touch My Body" was directed by feature filmmaker Brett Ratner - Internet, cable and network premieres for the video will be announced in the weeks ahead. In addition to C. "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream, other guest producers joining Mariah on E=MC˛ will include Jermaine Dupri, DJ Toomp, Stargate, Will I Am, Bryan Michael Cox, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills and James Poyser.. E=MC˛ is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. The Emancipation Of Mimi, released April 12, 2005, was an industry phenomenon for the mega-platinum award-winning superstar - Soundscan's biggest-selling album of the year, bringing total sales of Mariah's albums, singles and videos to more than 160 million worldwide, making her the most successful female recording artist in history. Mimi featured "We Belong Together" (winner of the Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song Grammys) and "Don't Forget About Us," Mariah's 16th and 17th #1 career singles respectively. They tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presley's 17 #1's. Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 48 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles' all-time high of 20 #1 hits.« less
Performer and songwriter Mariah Carey has set April 15th as the in-store date for the most eagerly anticipated album of the year, E=MC². The 11th studio album of her career, E=MC² is the follow-up to The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah's worldwide 10 million selling #1 album, which generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), 2 #1 singles and countless more industry honors during its 18-month stay on the charts. The first single from E=MC² is "Touch My Body," written and produced by Mariah Carey, C. "Tricky" Stewart, and The-Dream, and blasting out worldwide on February 12th. The video for "Touch My Body" was directed by feature filmmaker Brett Ratner - Internet, cable and network premieres for the video will be announced in the weeks ahead. In addition to C. "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream, other guest producers joining Mariah on E=MC² will include Jermaine Dupri, DJ Toomp, Stargate, Will I Am, Bryan Michael Cox, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills and James Poyser.. E=MC² is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. The Emancipation Of Mimi, released April 12, 2005, was an industry phenomenon for the mega-platinum award-winning superstar - Soundscan's biggest-selling album of the year, bringing total sales of Mariah's albums, singles and videos to more than 160 million worldwide, making her the most successful female recording artist in history. Mimi featured "We Belong Together" (winner of the Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song Grammys) and "Don't Forget About Us," Mariah's 16th and 17th #1 career singles respectively. They tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presley's 17 #1's. Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 48 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles' all-time high of 20 #1 hits.
Geminigirl | Philadelphia, PA United States | 05/04/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"About a year & a half ago when I heard that Mariah was working on a new album with the proposed title of "Sweet Soul Odyssey", I was ecstatic. As a fan, of course I'd been overjoyed at the reception to and success of EMANCIPATION OF MIMI and thought that having regained her supposed lost place in the world of pop music, she'd be confident enough to produce an album of tracks like SUBTLE INVITATION, HOW I WISH U KNEW, FLY LIKE A BIRD, etc. I love those kinds of tracks from Mariah because they're unexpected - they're not hip hop and especially SI has a jazzier production than some of her recent work.
Unfortunately as the time passed I started hearing that this album would NOT be the anticipated soulful music that I'd hoped for but a replica of EMANCIPATION. I hate to compare the two albums but I have to in order to be honest about my feelings for E=MC2. From the 1st time I listened to EMANCIPATION, I loved all but 2 tracks and still to this day, enjoy listening to the album on a frequent basis but after listening to E=MC2 a few times, there are only 6 songs that I love and 4 that I think are just "ok".
This album reminds me of my feelings for her RAINBOW album - there are a few tracks that I like but overall I'm disappointed in it as a whole and skip over more than a few tracks. I feel like with EMANCIPATION, Mariah & the writers & producers worked really hard to present strong tracks and the result is an album that I love while this one seems to want to follow the same production path but with weaker lyrics and unmemorable tracks.
My favorite tracks are:
I'LL BE LOVIN U LONG TIME
I'M THAT CHICK
THANKS FOR NOTHING - just wish JD wasn't "shouting out" throughout
I WISH U WELL
OOC - interesting arrangement, it's growing on me the more I listen to it
My "ok" tracks are:
MIGRATE - it's a catchy track but I really dislike T-Pain and his guest spot really doesn't add anything special
LUV STORY - I'd have liked this track more if JD wasn't screaming all over it
BYE BYE - although I like the lyrics & sentiment behind the song, it just left me "cold" for lack of a better word. Mariah has written other tracks regarding the loss of a loved one that moved me to tears but this track didn't move me in any way
The only other two notable tracks are:
TOUCH MY BODY - I hate this song, truly it stays in my mind like an annoying radio jingle because it's being forced on us on all levels
FOR THE RECORD - the lyrics are really personal and once again, Mariah is letting us in on what marriage to Tommy Mottola was like but the song itself hasn't really resonated with me yet so I feel like it's TMI
As a fan of course I was excited just to get new music from Mariah, I added it to my collection because I want to have a complete Mariah catalog but I can't say that I'll ever get the same enjoyment out of listening to it say, 5 or even 1 year from now - it'll just be in my collection and I might listen to it from time to time.
I'm torn about recommending it to people so I'll just say that if u want to get it, proceed with caution & try to listen to a few clips first. I will continue to wait and hope that we will get a "Sweet Soul Odyssey" from Mariah some time in the future. "
Not bad...although she is capable of so much more.
QN822 | Toledo | 05/02/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a fan of Mariah Carey every since her debut album emerged in June of 1990. I have followed every album since then and I know what a remarkable singer and talented song writer she is. What bothers me is that I've seen her go from a beautiful classy singer to someone who still sings well but belts out tunes that are so beneath her.
This latest CD E=MC2 has a very intellectual title, nice cover and a few songs that takes me back to 90's Mariah. There are some songs on there with lyrics that are just ridiculous and I can't believe she recorded it! I love the song Bye Bye however if you listen to some of the words, it's obvious she's forgotten how to use the proper English. Forgive me but using "Ghetto Slang" in such an inspirational song takes away from it (ex. This is for my peoples who just lost somebody???). You can be down with hip hop and use the proper English! That's the main issue I have with her material lately.
Some of my favorite songs on this CD are:
I wish you Well: very beautiful and inspirational, even quotes passages from the Bible.
For the Record: a very nice ballad with no rappers yelling through it.
I Stay in Love: Another beautiful ballad minus the obnoxious rappers.
Bye Bye: Has a beautiful message and she sings it well (minus some of her word choice).
Loving you Long time: Very Catchy tune. It samples one of my all time favorite songs; Stay with Me by Debarge. Even better, it samples a section that hasn't been used!! About time! Others that have sampled it in the past used the same hook.
Migrate: The music is hype and fun to dance to but the lyrics....not for a mature 38 year old woman! As someone said in their review, leave the kid's stuff to the kids!! I like T-Pain because he has brought back the ZAPP Roger Troutman sound and he does it very well on this song.
Touch my Body: Cute for a 20 year old. The music is catchy but once again those lyrics!! I think someone needs to remind Ms. M that she is 38.
The other songs haven't really done much for me, I'm still trying to warm up to them.
Overall it's an okay CD. If you love the 90's Mariah as I do, you may be disappointed. I know what she is capable of bringing to the table and it seems as if lately she is selling herself short however I am a devoted fan and I will continue to buy her music. I know that no matter what she puts out, she will always deliver at least two good powerhouse ballads and that's enough to keep me a fan.
I love her and I think she is an incredible vocalist."
Not her best work
William Wilson | Lubbock, TX | 06/28/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so I'm not going to do the whole spill on "Old Mariah, New Mariah".
We all know the old Mariah back in the 90's is gone.
"The Emancipation of Mimi", in my opinion was one of her best Cds....this however, is quite forgettable. I put it in my CD player once and rolled my eyes. I sold it back to FYE the next day. Mariah's music has, in my opinion, gone downhill. Mariah has a great gift, but she didn't use it on this cd. There's mabey 3 good songs on here, but that's about it. Not reccomended."
E=Generic, but good.
tyler | 02/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is decent. It's not her best in my opinion, but it's really good. It is basically is a sequel to "The Emancipation of Mimi" (and a good follow-up at that)
- The album is very fun and light and Mariah really seems to be enjoying herself so I enjoyed listening to it because of that. It's a very summery record. - Her voice sounds pretty decent and I like how she sings with more of a staccato, rhythmic vocal. ("I Stay In Love", "Love Story") I like the attitude that she has in some of the mid to up-tempo songs. And she sounds more sexy on this album than ever before ("Touch My Body", "Side Effects", "O.O.C", "I'm That Chick") - The ballads have really nice and have good melodies, and if you're a fan of the "We Belong Together/Don't Forget Abotu Us" formula, you'll be satisfied. ("I Stay in Love", "Bye Bye")
- This album does not really break any new ground for Mariah, so for those looking for something new from her, you will not find it on here. It is a very generic sounding record. - There isn't really any depth to this album, other than the beautiful "I Wish You Well" (which sounds like something that would be on her first couple of LP's), "Bye Bye" and maybe "Side Effects". - This is obviously very 'post-Daydream' Mariah, so for those who are looking for the girl who sang "Hero" and "Emotions", look elsewhere (I happen to really like the Mariah of the last decade so I don't mind).
All-in-all, it is a good listen, and if you're a big Mariah fan, you will most-definitely enjoy this. Mariah knows how to stay current and relevant in the process. The production is very slick with a lot of good beats and there's her usual nice club bangers, and R&B ballads. Give it a spin."
Mariah Makes the Full Move to Hip Hop Star , Leaving her Adu
MA Reviewer | Boston, MA | 05/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Well, I knew this day was coming, just wasn't sure when it was going to happen. Mariah's latest release, E=MC2 is about as far away from her Pop roots as it can get. There's almost nothing on this CD in terms of content that I think resonates with Mariah's Adult Contemporary audience, the people who bought all of the CD's that made her a star in the 90's and tried to remain loyal to her as she changed her sound, changed her look, and now has changed herself into someone who can easily blend away into the very large and competitive Hip-Hop world.
Even the few "ballads" if you can call them that are lyrically pornographic in nature. The first single released, "Touch My Body" certainly leaves nothing to the imagination and barely stops short of being x-rated. Sorry, not my thing to listen to Mariah be asked to be thrown on the bed and basically have sex in the middle of the song.
The other gospel-inspired song, "I Wish You Well" is a poort attempt to recreate the magic of Fly Like A Bird from her Emancipation of Mimi album and definitely falls short in both vocals and lyrics.
And while we're talking about lyrics, does Mariah have any other inspiration for her lyrical content than her failed marriage to Tommy Mottola? She makes mention of it in at least 2 of the songs on this album. I mean seriously, how many more songs is she going to write that talk about her being a prisoner and setting herself free and being controlled, etc. She's been singing about this since her Butterfly album and quite frankly it's tired! Let's not forget that it takes two to tango and she entered into that marriage knowing full and well what she was getting herself into and while she won't admit to just how benefical it was to her career to marry the head of the record company, she has no qualms about publicly bashing him anonmously in her songs to sell some records. Poor taste, tacky and unnecessary. If she's still that upset about it after all this time, she should invest in some couch time with a therapist and get over it.
Outside of all of this, looking at this album from a purely artistic standpoint, I agree with what many of my friends have said who have listened to it as well as other reviewers when I say that this was a safe album for Mariah. It almost sounds like some of these tracks were left off of Emancipation of Mimi and added to this new album... There's really nothing new here vocally, lyrically, musically, etc.
Mariah continues to rely on the guest appearances which have now been combined with racy lyrics and has completed her transition to the Hip-Hop medium.
It's a sad thing for Adult Contemporary listeners like me to know that our time with Mariah is over... Luckily though we have all of her prior catalog of music to enjoy (for the most part)and can look forward to new stars such as Leona Lewis to fill the void Mariah has left.