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MARIAH CAREY

ALBUM REVIEWS ANALYSIS

Album Reviews
Year
Title
Avg. Score
Reviews
Reception
Reaction
1990
Mariah Carey
3.5
38
warm
divided
1991
Emotions
3.2
56
mixed
divided
1992
MTV Unplugged
3.5
32
warm
divided
1992
MTV Unplugged +3
2
1993
Music Box
2.7
58
mixed
varied
1994
Merry Christmas
3.1
64
mixed
divided
1995
Daydream
2.9
42
mixed
varied
1997
Butterfly
3.1
77
mixed
divided
1998
VH1 Divas Live
3.2
34
mixed
varied
1998
#1's
3.4
32
mixed
similar
1999
Rainbow
2.8
74
mixed
varied
2001
Glitter
2.5
54
mixed
varied
2001
Greatest Hits
3.8
12
warm
unified
2002
Charmbracelet
2.3
81
cold
divided
2003
Remixes
2005
Emancipation of Mimi
3.1
87
mixed
divided
2005
Emancipation of Mimi: Ultra Platinum Edition
1
2008
E=MC²
3.1
100
mixed
divided
2008
Ballads
3
2009
Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
2.9
86
mixed
divided
2010
Merry Christmas II You
3.3
49
mixed
divided
2014
Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse
3.5
50
warm
similar
2018
Caution
4.1
20
warm
unified

Reviews

Album Format

ALBUM REVIEWS TIMELINE

3

3/5

Q ★

Mariah Carey

1990

London, UK

Phil Sutcliffe

3

3/5

Q ★

MTV Unplugged

1992

London, UK

Giles Smith

Mariah Carey hollers solidly, but never really cuts loose or takes a risk. Even so, the hit single "Emotions" stands up surprisingly well, shorn of studio gizmos, and elsewhere, some high-profile tambourines ensure a gospelly fervour.

3

3/5

Q ★

Music Box

1993

London, UK

Mat Snow

The emotional experience offered by such a gospel-influenced, melismatic singer remains oddly superficial; she's internalising every cliche in the self-explanatory ballad "Never Forget You," but the listener would have to be three cocktails to the worse to feel the same way.

3

3/5

Q ★

Merry Christmas

1994

London, UK

Stuart Maconie

Her predilection for schlock and show-off vocal posturings irritate but there is one absolute masterstroke in the thumpingly good Spector pastiche of her new single, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," fittingly crisp and even, not submerged in slush.

3

3/5

Toronto Sun

Daydream

1995

Toronto, ON, Canada

Jane Stevenson

2

2/5

Q ★

Daydream

1995

London, UK

Johnny Black

3

3/5

Q ★

Butterfly

1997

London, UK

Paul Elliot

3

3/5

AllMusic

VH1 Divas Live

1998

Stephen Thomas Erlewine

It's a balanced, entertaining record, filled with hits, plus nice touches.

2

2/5

Q ★

#1's

1998

London, UK

Stuart Maconie

5

Amazon.com

Charmbracelet

2002

Jaan Uhelszki

This is a stunning return to form for Carey.

CONCERT REVIEWS ANALYSIS

Year
Title
Avg. Score
Reviews
Reception
Reaction
1993
Music Box Tour
3.5
16
warm
divided
2016
Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour
3.9
15
warm
divided
Concert Reviews

CONCERT REVIEWS TIMELINE

cold

Music Box Tour

Miami, FL, USA

November 4, 1993

Carey delivered a set that was only sporadically entertaining at best.

cold

Music Box Tour

Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

November 4, 1993

A no-risk concert during which sheer volume and swelling arrangements took the place of substantive performing.

warm

Music Box Tour

Boston, MA, USA

November 10, 1993

The 23-year-old Carey shook off her nervousness at the start of last night's Worcester Centrum show, caught fire after three songs and delivered a spectacular performance from that point on.

warm

Music Box Tour

Worcester, MA, USA

November 10, 1993

She seemed quite capable last night, although not flawless. The young singer was animated and she appeared happy and comfortable on stage. That, in turn, made the audience happy and comfortable.

mixed

Music Box Tour

Chicago, IL, USA

November 18, 1993

As first concert tours go, it was perfectly passable. Now the songs need to catch up with the voice.

sizzling

Music Box Tour

Pasadena, CA, USA

November 25, 1993

She worked the whole stage, was a friend to everyone, and came across as pretty accomplished for someone on her first major tour.

warm

Music Box Tour

San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA, USA

November 25, 1993

A striking display of talent.

warm

Music Box Tour

Orange County, CA, USA

November 25, 1993

While her lack of concert experience showed, Mariah Carey managed to entertain nonetheless.

mixed

Music Box Tour

Los Angeles, CA, USA

November 25, 1993

Carey’s imperfections, in fact, contributed to making her more human and winning on stage than on record, where she tries to achieve such perfection with her exquisite vocal range and command that the tracks frequently seem sterile.

warm

Music Box Tour

Wilmington, DE, USA

December 4, 1993

She didn't tear the roof off the sucker, but at times she came close to piercing the ceiling.

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