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The Emancipation of Mimi

Mariah CareyAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,678 customer reviews)

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listen  1. It's Like That (Main Version) 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. We Belong Together (Album Version) 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Shake It Off (Album Version) 3:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mine Again (Album Version) 4:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Say Somethin' (Album Version) [feat. Snoop Dogg] 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Stay The Night (Album Version) 3:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Get Your Number (Album Version) [feat. Jermaine Dupri] 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. One And Only (Album Version) [feat. Twista] 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Circles (Album Version) 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Your Girl (Album Version) 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Wish You Knew (Album Version) 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. To The Floor (Album Version) [feat. Nelly] 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Joy Ride (Album Version) 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Fly Like A Bird (Album Version) 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 

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As autumn leaves begin to fall, interna­tional superstar Mariah Carey puts the finishing touches on MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU, her second career album of holiday tunes, arriving November 2nd on the Island Def Jam Music Group. Highlighting the long-awaited new album is a brand new recording of Mariah’s all-time standard, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0007GAERG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,678 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Early buzz on The Emancipation of Mimi predicted that this would be the disc to mark "the return of the voice"--the voice being that glass-shattering instrument that propelled Carey to bestselling female artist of all time status--and mostly it is. But because of the small army of talent involved in its assembly, the album is way more than just a comeback vehicle. For proof, try straight-ahead, look-out-Beyonce-Mimi's-still-got-it "Mine Again," or '70s-soul cuddle-up, "Circles:" a don't-attempt-on-American-Idol love song, or the gospel dazzlers "Fly Like a Bird," and "Stay the Night." But for songs that steer this disc directly into 2005, no looking back, scan the jewel case for the tracks followed by the word "featuring": "To the Floor," with Nelly, bumps along to maximum booty-shaking effect, while Twista spins his natural-disaster-force vocals into "One and Only." Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, and Jermaine Dupri also pitch in; between them and the highwire vocals, Emancipation works the kind of pure-pop magic that sets us all free. --Tammy La Gorce

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231 of 262 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vocally astonishing and perfectly balanced April 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Whatever Mariah did to prepare for this cd was ingenious. The choices are catchy - club conscious and youthfully contemporary (check out "To the Floor" with Nelly to hear what I mean) but not so urban it disenfranchises her very earliest fans.

My favorite track is "It's Like That" but the choices are incredible so it doesn't feel as if a single track is just filler material. I love how much vocal flare she uses to her fullest possible potential on this cd. She never wavers or cracks and it's wonderful to hear her in top form again.

"Mine Again" is for her fans from the beginning as is "Circles," a genuine love song that proves she-has-no-rival-as-a-pop-diva. I absolutely love her gospel sound in "Fly Like a Bird."

She has some of the most contemporary brilliance behind her like Twista, and Jermaine Dupri but she managed to hold onto what makes her who she is. She incorporated the best in current R&B and balances all the best of her own vocal league into a fantastic cd. VERY highly recommended.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Comeback Story of Our Time April 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A solid collection of soulful ballads, heady r&b and addictive pop, Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" is by far the most viable release of her career. Her first to hit the summit of the Billboard albums chart since 1997's powerful "Butterfly," each of its fourteen tracks is an undisputed home run, marking new territory for the songbird while keeping true to what she has made her name with.

With the autobiographical "It's Like That" finally losing airplay power, the confessional "We Belong Together" has already usurped its place. However, the potential hits are limitless. Fine examples are "Stay the Night," which will have fans swooning at her pristine vocals, and the Neptunes-produced "Say Somethin'," which floats serenely, save for smart machine gun-style drumming that buoys the melody.

The singer/songwriter also articulates extreme insecurity with the likes of "I Wish You Knew" and "Circles," the latter of which would frighten American Idol contenders:

"Saturday I saw you/Holding hands with someone new/Somehow I kept my composure/Just like everything was cool/But inside I kept repeating/Don't you let them see you cry/So I casually turned my head/As the tears rolled down my eyes."

The bittersweet "Mine Again" finds Carey yearning to rekindle an old flame:

"I just can't accept the possibility/We weren't made for each other's arms/I know you're my destiny.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 tracks, who could ask for more? November 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
What the Reviewers said:

This CD, when originally released, received 4 star ratings from Blender and Vibe magazine. (Other reviewers gave generally favorable reviews). The re-release contains all of the orginal 14 tracks plus 4 new songs, including Don't Forget About Us.

What I say:

From people I have talked to, everyone has 5 or 6 favorite songs and they are rarely the same. This just proves that there is a song for everyone on this CD. Whether you like Adult contemporary, R&B, or pop, you are guaranteed to find songs you love. In the End, you are bound to enjoy 3/4 of the record (if not the whole CD).

How has the general public responded?

-3.7 million copies sold in the US (6 million worldwide)

-Won awards at the World Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, 4 awards at the Vibe Awards, and a couple at the Lady Soul Train Awards
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200 of 238 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom for Mimi! April 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Mariah Carey returns strong, proud and super confident with her brand new release The Emancipation of Mimi! Mariah considers Mimi to be another name symbolizing her true inner self-so even the title of the CD proudly and forcefully announces that she is trying new, fresh things on this CD. Mariah explains it herself in the liner notes for her new CD: her "emancipation" is "to free from restraint, control, oppression, or the power of another" or "to free from any controlling influence" or "to free somebody from restrictions or conventions." You know what? Mariah is a strong creative force and we all are better off for it! The Emancipation of Mimi really highlights how well Mariah can write and co-produce with other incredible talents such as the Neptunes, Kanye West, and R. Kelly. Mariah's new CD is full of songs featuring very personal lyrics-she is brave enough to share her real emotions with us here! The CD also proves even once again that Mariah's dazzling voice has not diminished with time! The album overflows with super creative lyrics and her exceptionally versatile voice makes it very special and a great addition to your collection!

The CD starts off strong with the song entitled "It's Like That." Not only is this a beautiful song, the musical arrangement is strong, aggressive and awesome! Mariah simply sounds great; her voice is perfect here! Then comes the song "We Belong Together"--thoughtful, beautiful, with a great beat! With "We Belong Together" Mariah sings about a love that is no longer.

Mariah also stays in the hip hop scene with songs like "Shake It Off" and the street jam "One and Only." And, if you like THAT, try also the Neptunes-produced "Say Somethin'" which she performs with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams. Excellent!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong CD in the case
I ordered this CD and found that there was a wrong CD in the case. I am not happy and you should be ashamed of yourself.
Published 16 days ago by mshbarnard
1.0 out of 5 stars over this cd
I liked only one song on this album and I am so over this album and Mariah voice.Its annoying!I hope this help
Published 1 month ago by Nikiea love
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I really like this DVD it plays Great and good Quality and Craftmens Ship, i will purchase again, thank you...
Published 2 months ago by Dion wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday gift for a friend
This is a great compilation. My friend loved it. It also comes with a video. The case came cracked, but the discs were not - thank goodness. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jj
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Cd came as described and the right songs are on here. I love it now I have a replacement of my old scratch up one
Published 3 months ago by Tellxa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
listening pleasure at my finger tips,good music and songs very,very nice
will be looking for more artists like Chaka Khan,The Whispers,Lou Rawls
and many others
Published 3 months ago by Phillip Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is very good CD by Mariah Carey. Her voice range is amazing and she sings from her heart. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Shirley Hardie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Emancipation of Mimi
Another MC banger for sure. The album is full of good tracks and Mariah brings the goods as usual. Definetly a must have for any fan.
Published 4 months ago by Patrick Small
From BEFINNING to END!!! GENUIS!!!! I LOVE IT!!!! I LISTEN to this CD without skipping a song!!! I'm late to the PART but happy I ARRIVED!!!!
Published 4 months ago by Songbird
5.0 out of 5 stars Mimi
Excellent album every song it put together brilliantly and really stays true to Mariah's singing ability and really show that when you put time and thought into something u can... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike
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