Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Mariah Carey

  • Mariah Carey [Columbia, 1990] C
  • Emotions [Columbia, 1991] Dud
  • Music Box [Columbia, 1993] Dud
  • Butterfly [Columbia, 1997] Dud
  • #1's [Columbia, 1998] Choice Cuts
  • Rainbow [Columbia, 1999] **
  • E=MC2 [Island, 2008] Choice Cuts
  • Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel [Island, 2009] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Mariah Carey [Columbia, 1990]
I swear I didn't know her mama was an opera singer, but I'm embarrassed that I didn't guess. She gets too political in her brave, young, idealistic attack on "war, destitution and sorrow": "Couldn't we accept each other/Can't we make ourselves aware." Elsewhere she sticks to what she doesn't know--love. Debbie Gibson, all is forgiven. C

Emotions [Columbia, 1991] Dud

Music Box [Columbia, 1993] Dud

Butterfly [Columbia, 1997] Dud

#1's [Columbia, 1998]
"Fantasy [Featuring ODB]" Choice Cuts

Rainbow [Columbia, 1999]
Not a "real" r&b thrush, but good enough to fake it ("Heartbreaker," "Crybaby"). **

E=MC2 [Island, 2008]
"Touch My Body" Choice Cuts

Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel [Island, 2009] Dud