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5.0 out of 5 stars I agree with Denny, June 23, 2004
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This review is from: Mariah Carey (Audio CD)
This Mariah Carey's CD is old, but still her best. She is the best-selling female performer of the 1990s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice; an elastic talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, she earned frequent comparison to rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but did them both one better by composing all of her own material. Born in Long Island, NY, on March 27, 1970, Carey moved to New York City at the age of 17 -- just one day after graduating high school -- to pursue a music career; there she befriended keyboardist Ben Margulies, with whom she began writing songs. Her big break came as a backing vocalist on a studio session with dance-pop singer Brenda K. Starr, who handed Carey's demo tape to Columbia Records head Tommy Mottola at a party. According to legend, Mottola listened to the tape in his limo while driving home that same evening, and was so immediately struck by Carey's talent that he doubled back to the party to track her down.
This extremely impressive debut is replete with smooth-sounding ballads and uplifting dance/R&B cuts. Carey convincingly seizes many opportunities to display her incredible vocal range on such memorable tracks as the popular "Vision of Love" (featured during her television debut on The Arsenio Hall Show, an appearance noted by many as her formal introduction to stardom), the energetic "Someday," and the moody sounds of the hidden treasure "Vanishing." With this collection of songs acting as a springboard for future successes, Carey establishes a strong standard of comparison for other breakthrough artists of this genre.
I don't trust you music fan (who rated just 1 star), but I trust every people who think this music is great.
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Initial post: Mar 10, 2011 5:15:23 PM PST
I agree with the review, but whoever wrote this completely plagiarized a description of Mariah Carey's career that has been printed in Rollingstone and other outlets. I wouldn't be surprised if the actual review itself is copied from a different source. However, it is a good album. It may be 20 years old, but give it a chance! You won't be disappointed. (Unless you hate Mariah Carey's whistle voice. Then don't buy the album).
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