Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mariah Carey - E=MC²

E=MC² is Mariah Carey’s 11th album release and the follow-up of her comeback album The Emancipation of Mimi.

Carey had chosen the album’s title as a wordplay to Albert Einstein’s famous mass-energy equivalence formula. So the album, E=MC², stands for Emancipation of Mariah Carey to the second power.

E=MC² became Carey’s sixth number-one album on the Billboard 200 upon its release in April 2008, selling around 463,000 copies. It was Carey’s biggest opening week of sales of her entire career.

The album contains pop, R&B, hip hop, reggae beats, and gospel music. Most of the songs are upbeat with a few ballads. In some of the tracks, she talks very openly about her personal life. In the song, “Side Effects,” she makes mention of her difficult marriage to her then-husband and former Sony music executive, Tommy Mottola, whom she referred to as “sleeping with the enemy.” Also, in her second released single, “Bye Bye,” she makes references to her late father, Alfred Roy, who died of cancer in 2002. I really like this song because it sends a message that though a person may have lost someone in death, they will never forget about them.

Personally, one of the best songs on this album is “Migrate,” featuring rapper/producer T-Pain. I like the beat on this because it sounds like something you would hear at a club. Also, Carey’s first single released from her album, “Touch My Body,” which became her 18th number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, thus putting Elvis Presley in third place for having the most number-one singles of any artist of all time. She is now second to The Beatles, who have 21 hit singles.

So you may wonder is the album, E=MC², better than The Emancipation of Mimi? No, but it’s somewhat close.

For new Mariah Carey fans, they will like this album, but for some of her old fans maybe not so much. It’s just going to take some time getting used to Carey’s change of style.

But overall, E=MC² is a good album.

Reviewer's Rating: 9 out of 10

Reviewer: Bridget Campos

Originally posted on January 25, 2009

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