By Jeffrey Mitchell
HOLLYWOOD TODAY (Hollywood Today) 4/17/08 — After strange meltdowns and questionable career choices earlier in her stellar career, Mariah Carey came back with a bang in 2005 with her album “The Emancipation of Mimi,”
Now, the songbird wants to prove her comeback was no fluke with “E=MC2.”
If the title of her latest disc, E=MC2, is any indication, Mariah Carey’s grasp of math is a little too egocentric to actually make sense in the real world, according to writer Leah Collins. But when it comes to chart-topping, Billboard says the album is a sure formula for a No. 1. The final numbers have yet to be counted, but the trade mag says that Carey’s disc will top the US Billboard 200 by the end of the week. In its first day of sales, the glass-shattering diva’s eleventh album moved 154,000 copies — compared to the 205,000 CDs current chart-topper Leona Lewis sold in an entire week.
Carey has toned down her five-octave range, but not to worry — her voice has lost none of its almost un-natural power. This songbird can REALLY fly and proves it once again.
The album starts off slowly, with the monotone “Migrate” offering wannabe hip-hop lines such as “From the car into the club we migrate/From the bar to VIP we migrate/From the party to the after party migrate/After-party to hotel — migrate” and a stunted, hesitant rap by T-Pain.
The first single, the sexy slow jam “Touch My Body,” unleashes Mariah’s inner vamp.
On “Cruise Control,” Mariah teams up with new-school reggae royalty Damian Marley, who contributes a short but rap. The song is more than a bit odd.. it spells out C-R-U-I-S-E control, for some reason, and Mariah tries to pull off a Jamaican accent but it’s pleasing and flows nicely. cool funk of “Forget Me Nots” — its cleverly minimalist bass line somehow uses exactly one note, but perfectly anchors the groove.
But the album’s high point finds Mariah softly and sweetly lamenting the loss of any kind of loved one on the truly touching “Bye Bye”: “This is for my peoples who just lost somebody/Your best friend, your baby, your man or your lady/Put your hand way up high/We will never say bye.” Thankfully, it looks like we won’t be saying “bye” to Mariah for a long time.