I am so smart! I am so smart! S-M-A-T! I mean S-M-A-R-T
I'm currently listening to the new Mariah Carey album E=MC². I am in LOOVE with "Side Effects" (it's amazing amazing amazing and
There are a few too many slow jams for my liking, such as "Thanx 4 Nothin", "Love Story" and "Last Kiss". I definitely think on this instance she's definitely stronger on the more dance/r&b cuts. "I'm That Chick" is sort of funky nu-disco and "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" is absolutely begging for a killer remix to send it into the stratosphere of brilliance. "Bye Bye" is obviously trying to be this album's "We Belong Together", but it's nowhere near it. It's good and it's the best ballad/slower song on the album, but... yeah, no "We Belong Together" (what is?). She shouldn't release it as the second single though as planned. That should be "Side Effects" to anybody with a brain.
I think E=MC² is, ultimately, a stronger record than Emancipation of Mimi, which actually wasn't as good as the comeback callers would have us believe. That album was a bit too schizophrenic and all over the place and some of the songs, while good, were too generically produced, as if she didn't want to go in too much of a new direction. And while E=MC² isn't a patch on her best work (that's be the Butterfly album from 1997) it is still competently made. The different genres flow much better here than they ever did on Emancipation and the production is more confidently done. B