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Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel

Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel

September 28, 2009
4.1 out of 5 stars 339 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 28, 2009
  • Release Date: September 28, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Island Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Mariah Carey
  • Total Length: 1:12:08
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  • ASIN: B002POQFTY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 339 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,378 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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OK - so let's clear things up. Is this the best Mariah album of all-time?...probably not, but don't be confused by some negative press, slack first week sales or even first impressions. This is a slow-burning hit! After a few listens you stop obsessing about how this isn't a typical Mariah album and begin to appreciate this as possibly her most cohesive body of work since her debut. This is a superby crafted album, with each story interwoven via interludes and repeated phrases to create a consistent piece of artistic expression. What initially comes across as everything sounding the same - after a couple of listens reveals each song as one chapter (or memoir) in Mariah's love/life story and is exceptional. So it's not the same as everything else she's done - true - and if it had of been would she have been criticized for trying to recreate Mimi?
While some tracks feel more album filler than floor filler - there are some perfectly crafted songs which resonate with warmth, cutting homour, sarcasm and heartbreak - indeed it seems ironic that Mariah would write the best break-up album of her career (with the arguable exception of Butterfly) when she is happily married! Stand-out tracks are "Betcha Gon Know" (possibly the classiest slice of R & B Carey has ever produced), "Obsessed" and it's slightly darker sister track "Standing O", "H.A.T.E.U", "Inseperable", the superb "Up Out My Face" (which is a sure-fire number 1 if marketed correctly) and "Angels Cry" - in my opinion the best Mariah ballad we've heard in years. With every song concentrating on love and heartbreak - the only thing the album lacks is an anthem.
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MY REVIEW ---> 4/5

I will say the album is a grower, the more you listen to it the better it gets. The only song that still hasn't caught on right away is Standing 0, but the rest is flawless.

Mariah spills out her personal perception of the beauty and ugliness of love & relationships. Her lyrics depict relatable stories and captures her frolic personality.

Songs like Ribbon, Impossible, Inseparable, and More Than Just Friends paint a romantic, mushy picture of falling in love.

However the following moody songs lie in complete contrast: Betcha U Gonna Know and H.A.T.E U delineates the tough process of heartbreak, betrayal, and bitterness when love goes wrong.

Fun, sassy songs like It's A Wrap, Obsessed, Up Out My Face, and Standing 0 take sardonic shots at the person on the other end of the relationship.

Candy Bling, Angels Cry and Languishing are played as beautiful melodies, yet tainted with lingering sadness as each song exposes fear, emotional memories, and reminscent love stories.

Lastly the main theme of the album ends off with Mariah's own soft-powerful interpetation of the song I Want To Know What Love Is Throughout the album love came and left soon after. Her desperate plea to understand what love is, it rather appropriate for this album (despite the criticism)
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I love Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. I feel that many songs have grown on me as with any new album. I also feel that she could have done without The Dream & Tricky Stewart on a few songs but they are what's hot now. I know people who initially hated the album but after a few more listens they are loving the songs. The "90s" Mariah is gone so get over it and stop making that a reason to HATE the album. People grow and CHANGE with the times. Current favorite songs:
1. Betcha Gon Know
2. Candy Bling
3. Ribbon
4. Standing O
5. It's A Wrap
6. Inseparable
7. Up Out My Face
8. The Impossible
9. Languishing (This grows on me more and more.)

I just can't believe true Mariah fans can't find at least one song they love on this album.
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I was very excited for this album to come out many years ago. The song "Obsessed" was great, and I was hoping it would be as excellent as Mimi or E=MC2. Unfortunately, when I listened to it, I hated every single song. absolutely hated them. to call it "bland" would be an understatement. After a few listens, I wrote it off and put it away. A few weeks ago, while discussing her last three albums, my friend Audrey told me in no uncertain terms that Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel was one of her best albums, and she loved...."every. single. song." I laughed, told her she was wrong, but I promised to listen to it THREE TIMES in my car to & from work. The first listen, AGAIN, was awful, and I hated it. I really wanted to take it out of my player, but I remembered my promise. The second time, I was indifferent, and I kept it going. By the time I finished the third listen, I don't know what happened. I started understanding every song and I grew to love them. This has never ever happened to me before. That CD has been in my car CD player since then and I've listened to, and enjoyed it about 30 more times since.

Oh Mimi....you sure did work your magic on me. And yes....I apologized profusely to my friend Audrey!!!!

A short synopsis on the better songs: I enjoy the prologue, and obviously, I still love Obsessed. I have come to absolutely LOVE H.A.T.E.U., Candy Bling, Ribbon, Standing O, Up Out my Face, More than Just Friends, The Impossible. I detest the interludes. WTF is up with those ridiculous ditties? Nix'em Mariah! They are silly!

If any of you can get to it, I really enjoy the bonus track that I found out about called "Imperfect". good song.
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