Me. I Am Mariah….The Elusive Chanteuse (Deluxe Edition) CD Review (by Andre Kelly)

Mariah_ElusiveOkay, I’m gonna’ go right ahead and say it. This is one of her absolute best albums. Ever!

Despite whatever jokes comes to mind with yet another one of her goofy trademarked titles, this lady still knows how to write a song! In this case, she’s giving you everything from Gospel (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now) to dance floor (You Don’t Know What To Do, Money, Meteorite, Thirsty) to heartbreak (Cry, Camouflage, Faded) to motherhood (Supernatural) to breakups (It’s A Wrap, Betcha’ Gon’ Know and The Art Of Letting Go.) Whatever you want out of this girl and this project, she’s got it covered and extremely well.

As with the inevitable comparisons to the Emancipation project (which, I admit, are very close and warranted) she sounds completely rested and more than capable of still proving to us all that she’s still got it. However, with motherhood, also comes greater and deeper introspection and thus better songs. Her opening shot alone (Cry) is a knockout with it’s lean piano, raw, solo vocal and it’s easily one of her best ballads ever. The project consciously escalates from there taking you from one level to the next and leaving you in awe as to what track to put on repeat, it’s that great.

Good news/bad news though. Thankfully, the overly-produced snoozer “Triumph” isn’t on here but neither is the excellent Disney theme song “Almost Home” from Oz the Great and Powerful either.

But overall, with 17 tracks to it’s credit, there’s no doubt that there’s plenty to love for her hardcore fans and those yearning for a return to her ballad roots as well as a few of best her summer-ready, signature mid-tempo jeep bangers. Already considered the sequel to The Emancipation of Mimi, which, again is warranted but I like to think of this project as an older, more mature version of that mammoth, hit-making-machine.

Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse is a seriously great piece of work.

by Andre Kelly