Despite her formidable super-diva status, Mariah Carey is a vulnerable girly-girl at heart -- or at least that's what's suggested by her sugar-and-spice album titles, from Music Box, Butterfly, and Rainbow to her latest, Charmbracelet. But there's a lot more to Charmbracelet than its cute title. This is, after all, Carey's first disc since 2001 -- the year her movie Glitter and its soundtrack bombed, she was dropped by Virgin Records, and she had a well-publicized nervous breakdown. So how does the resilient Ms. Carey bounce back? With an earnest, fresh-sounding collection her fans will love from start to finish. In the vein of her hip-hop-inspired hits "Fantasy" (featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard) and "Breakdown" (featuring Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony), "Boy" features rapper Cam'ron and samples his 2002 song of the same name. For the most part, however, the disc is anchored by sparse mid-tempo tracks and soul-baring ballads that flaunt the singer-songwriter's still pristine five-octave range. Standouts include the sweet-and-sour "Clown" -- where she levels lyrical disses, such as "You should have never intimated we were lovers/When you know very well we never even touched each other," at rap bad boy Eminem -- her climactic cover of Def Leppard's "Bringin' On the Heartbreak," and the gospel-inspired "Saving Grace." On the latter track, Carey muses: "I've still got a lot to learn, but I know where I can turn." From the sound of things, however, this Madame Butterfly has learned from her hardships and found the strength to Carey on.
Performance CreditsMariah Carey Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
John Patitucci Bass
Michael Thompson Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Guitar (Nylon String)
Bobby Ross Avila Guitar
Trey Lorenz Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Robert Bacon Guitar,Electric Guitar
Charlie Bisharat Strings,String Quartet
Denyse Buffum Viola
Darius Campo Strings,String Quartet
Larry Corbett Cello
Kenneth Crouch Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Joel Derouin Strings,String Quartet
Karen Dreyfus Viola
Jermaine Dupri Background Vocals
Armen Garabedian Strings,String Quartet
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Jimmy Jam Guitar
Peter Kent Strings,String Quartet
Myung Hi Kim Violin
Trevor Lawrence Percussion,Drums
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Terry Lewis Guitar
Rob Mathes Conductor
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Laura Seaton Violin
Carl "Butch" Small Percussion
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Strings,String Quartet
Mary Wooten Cello
Andrew Sherman Piano
Susan Chatman Strings,String Quartet
Lionel Cole Piano,Synthesizer Bass
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Lesa Terry Strings,String Quartet
Michael Hart Thompson Percussion,Strings,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Synthesizer Bass,Guitar (Nylon String)
Suzie Katayama Cello
Melissa Kleinbart Violin
David Ryan Harris Guitar
Randy Jackson Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Soloist
Melonie Daniels Background Vocals
Kelly Price Vocals,Background Vocals
Ann Kim Violin
Billy Odum Guitar
Mary Ann Tatum Background Vocals
Eve Butler Strings,String Quartet
Eric Johnson Acoustic Guitar
Sharon Yamada Violin
Robert Rinehart Viola
Printz Board Trumpet
Elizabeth Dyson Cello
Lisa Kim Violin
Fiona Simon Violin
Kevin Guarnieri Overdubs
Big Jim Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jeremy McCoy Bass
Jung Sun Yoo Violin
Liza Lim Violin
Dawn Hannay Viola
Dan Smith Strings,Cello
John Lemkuhi Percussion
Alyssa Park Strings,String Quartet
Steve Richards Strings,Cello
Michele Richards Strings,String Quartet
Michelle Richards Strings,String Quartet
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon Guitar,Soloist
Daniel Smith Cello
Matt Gunes Viola
William Odum Guitar
Jeremy Turner Cello
Soohyun Kwon Violin
Mario de León Strings,String Quartet
Matthew Funes Viola
Sarah Parkins Strings,String Quartet
Melanie Daniels Background Vocals
Tom Rosenthal Viola
Rob Bacon Guitar
Trevor Lawrence Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsLeon Haywood Composer
Dexter Wansel Composer
John Mitchell drum programming
David Campbell String Arrangements
Mariah Carey Composer,Producer
Dana Jon Chappelle Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Steve Clark Composer
Kenneth Crouch Composer
Jermaine Dupri Composer,Producer
Joe Elliott Composer
Brian Frye Engineer
Steve Hodge Engineer
Jimmy Jam Producer,Instrumentation
Trevor Lawrence Composer,drum programming
Terry Lewis Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Theodore Life Composer
Rob Mathes String Arrangements
Alexander Richbourg drum programming,Vocal Programming
Jon Smeltz Engineer
Lloyd Smith Composer
Phil Tan Engineer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Pete Willis Composer
Lionel Cole Composer
Ken Lewis Engineer
Suzie Katayama String Contractor
James Harris Composer
Randy Jackson Composer,Producer
Colin Miller Engineer
Steve Kempster String Mixing
Rick Patrick Direction
Brian Springer Engineer
Florian Ammon Vocal Engineer
Andre Harris Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright Composer,Producer
Shawn Carter Composer
Bill Molina Engineer
Charity Lomax Contracting
Mary Ann Tatum Composer
Paul Gregory Engineer
J. Smith Producer,Instrumentation
Dana Chappelle Engineer
Vidal Davis Composer
O'Shea Jackson Composer
Kevin Guarnieri Engineer
Damion Young Composer
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer,Producer
7 Aurelius Composer,Programming,Producer
Asif Ali Engineer
John Lemkuhi Sound Design
John D. Mitchell drum programming
Justin Smith Composer
David Paul Campbell String Arrangements
Kevin G. Engineer
John Smeltz Engineer
Asif Ali Engineer
Kevin G. Engineer
Rob Bacon Composer
Bill Molina Engineer
Trevor Lawrence Composer,drum programming
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Charmbracelet based on 0 ratings. 299 reviews.
Mariah Carey's new cd "Charmbracelet" is one of the best to be released this year. The beats, vocal arrangements and lyrics all work together to make this one of her best cds ever. Standout tracks include "Clown", "The One", "You Had Your Chance" and the Def Leppard cover, yes i did say def leppard cover, "Bringing on the Heartache"(trust me you'll be hitting repeat several times). If you are a fan of pop and RnB "Charmbracelet" is a must-have. Mariah's voice alone could carry this cd but she also brings on great producers to provide some really hot beats. You might not like her wardrobe but don't let it stop you from buying this album.
I have been a loyal mariah fan since her first single "Vision of Love",so I have watched Mariah grow with her music. This is by far her strongest album yet! The album is very personal with songs ranging from her classic ballads to hip hop collaborations with artist such as Cameron, and Jay Z. The lyrics on this album are very powerful, the song "Sunflowers for Alfred", is about her father who recently passed away this year. "My Saving Grace" is an extremly moving song, it has a little gospel feel to it. Simply put,this album truly proves Mariah has made it throught the rain! Theres something on it for everyone, you wont be dissapointed at all!
Charmbracelet shows a whole new side of Mariah. It displays her oh-so-powerful voice and showcases her desire to come back stronger than ever. This is a huge project for her and it's got the potential to be number 1 on Billboard's Top 200! Go Mariah!
Mariah is back and her "Charmbracelet" is red hot. Her new album represents her rebirth; with the return of music and lyrics that are uniquely Mariah. The multi-platinum artist will quickly return to the top of the charts with this new album. Take it from me; buy one for home and your car.
This album is definately a must have for any music and/or Mariah fan. It is amazingly geniusly crafted and Mariah's songwriting is at its best. The reason I gave it 4 stars is that her singing takes a backseat to her songwriting a little. But the content more than makes up for it. My favorite songs are "Subtle Invitation", "My Saving Grace", and "Bringin' On the Heartbreak". Mariah has definately outdone herself this time!
Hello.. i just got Mariah Careys new cd- charm braclet... its amazing... the songs are so insperational...this is one of her greatest cds ever! pleace support maraih and go out and buy her cd...... and her website is also amazing.. although anything with mariah is amazing! *-jess-*
a very nice cd that true Mariah fans will love.. Mariah is such an amazing person and it shows through her songs.. every one of the songs on this album is written by Mariah herself.. they all have a special meaning and is a part of her life
What is this and i thought Glitter was her worst album but i was wrong Charmbracelet is the worst of all her albums to date and then i´m talking about miss carey´s voice not music the songs on this album isn´t all bad but Mariah can´t belt out her beautiful voice anymore what happened the title track is nice with great lyrics Through The Rain is the second best on this album and the best song is the catcy ballad Bringin On The Heartbreak but her voice is so week in it the backups singers are better i feel sorry for Mariah she has lost her magic like Whitney Houston if you are A Mariah Carey fan i recommend her old albums from the debut in 1990-1998 after that she just did aweful albums like Rainbow and Glitter Mariah is not doing it well with hip-hop and rappers she is a popsinger a DIVA not hip-hop singer she whispers to much.Someday i hope the old Mariah will return and begin working with Walter Afanasieff again he did all the power ballads with her so did David Foster and even Babyface.If you are a true Mariah fan you would agrée because this Mariah isn,t the Mariah Carey i use to love though i love her still i will always be her fan and hoping she will make a pop album next time she desides to make a album.
Mariah shines on this album. Sure it's not as good as her early stuff- nothing is. But it is absolutely worth buying. I haven't be able to stop listening to it since I bought it. I've been listening to it everyday since December 3rd. It's very addicting. There are a good mix of both fast and slow songs. "I Only Wanted", a slow guitar, latin-sounding ballad, is worth buying the whole album. But there are also a lot of other really good songs such as "Through the Rain", "Boy (I Need You)", "Bringing on the Heartbreak", "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy", ect...Bottom line: BUY IT!!!!!
I love this new CD. It's much better than her previous release, Glitter. She has certainly improved since then. I recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys good music.
First I must say that despite the negative publicity on Glitter, that soundtrack was an awesome tribute to '80's music. It's impossible for Mariah Carey to make terrible music, and it has been sickening to constantly hear people saying Glitter was a bad album. Even more so, most of them hadn't even listened to the CD. Anyway, Mariah's whimsical, yet intellectually stimulating ability to vocalize, write and arrange lyrics are always mindblowing and tastefully done. On this set, Mariah's voice soars on "My Saving Grace" & "Through The Rain", taking us to those places of solace and inspiration. "Clown" is one of my favorites and one of the most creative, as well as "Lullaby", "The One", & "Boy (I Need You)". This album has a perfect combination of both the old Mariah and the new, and is comparable to her successful "Butterfly" and "Rainbow" CD's.
Mariah Carey truly is a very gifted singer, songwriter and individual. On Charmbracelet, as on all her previous albums, her music is very catchy, her lyrics are very inspirational and her voice very powerful where you can feel the emotion. All together, the album is excellent. There are songs for everyone, as there is a little bit of each music genre throughout the entire album. You have gospel with the amazing soulful MY SAVING GRACE, pop ballad with the inspirational and never give up song THROUGH THE RAIN, a little jazz with SUBTLE INVITATION and a combination of Pop/R&B/Hip-Hop with BOY(I NEED YOU) and YOU GOT ME, and that's just mentioning a few. In addition you have other great ballads such as THE ONE, YOURS and I ONLY WANTED. My favorite song besides the ones already mentioned, has to be BRINGIN' ON THE HEARTBREAK. Mariah does a beautiful job with this Def Leppard cover song. This has to be the one song that Mariah's voice really shines and projects itself, proving just how talented Mariah is with it. I truly recommend this album, because not only is it Mariah at her best, but music at it's best.
Being a huge Mariah fan i Love everything she does... This Album is great because it has something for everyone. People should listen to songs from mariah that just don't hit the radio because sometimes they are her best ones. So buy this CD and all her others!!!
Charmbracelet is one of Mariah's best CD's yet! Her voice is so amazing, and only she can hit those oh so high notes! No other artist even comes close to the talent she has. The tracks Through The Rain, Bringin' On The Heartbreak, & My Saving Grace are truly amazing power ballads that you will want to play over and over again!
Mariah's back and her new Cd Charmbracelet is a proof of her skill. Fifteen songs in which she expresses her voice range and her ability as a song writer.The dedication of the album is enough to rapresent this woman sensibility and strenght : "I still believe that after every storm eventually a rainbow appears. This album is like a charmbracelet i'm passing down to you. Here's my story..."
Damn! this album is great. With a mix of slow songs, up-beat songs and r&b songs this album over powers the rest of tha albums out this year! 5 Star album fo sho
With this CD Mariah showcases her great taste for music and uses her greatest strengths intelligence, voice and creativity. The whole CD is a great song after another my favorites are 'The One' a great up tempo, 'Through the rain' spiritual ballad, 'subtle invitation' a jazz inflicted cut, 'Bringing on the Heartbreak' just incredibly done, 'Clown' ouch feel sorry for M&M Pow, The whole CD is great go buy it!
MARIAH CAREY CHARMBRACELET IS THE AWESOMEST ALBUMI EVER HEARD IN MY WHOLE LIFE IT HAS LOTS OF GOOD SONG IN THE ALBUM THAT ARE AWESOME.
I think that this album is one of her best albums yet! I have them all but this is for sure my favorite!
Great album, from ballads to hip hop. Everyone can find a song that they will just love.
Charmbracelet is Mariah's most sincerest album to date. Every song is sung to perfection, she keeps you hooked on her vocals until she finally releases you on her beautiful high notes. My favorite songs are Yours, The One, My Saving Grace, Subtle Invitation...I love them all actually! Just check it out and as Mariah says "I know you can all relate" to at least one song!
I wanted to take this time and say that I love the new CD. Keep up the good work Mariah!
Mariah has done it again. After a failing soundtrack, and an untimely release date(9/11) with Glitter, this CD makes waves for her new emergence and calls attention to her original talents that earned her the diva status. While listening to the album, Mariah has perfect high notes, a sense of peace and so much style! Collaborating with Jay-Z was a hit before and they are doing it again with Freeway on 'You Got Me'. Another high point is the loungish jazz feel on 'My Saving Grace' which gives a feel of Aretha Franklin. Re-writing 'Boy' with Cam'ron is a great dance groove for the younger crowd. Her next single off this album, 'The One' is a definite head turner. She has a second recording of this song with Justin Timberlake that is yet to be heard. 'Clown' has to be my favorite song off the album, as it talks about a past relationship with another musician, Eminem. Funny and clever, this CD has dance songs, Mariah's true ballads, a remix and sentimental songs such as 'Sunflowers for Alfred Roy' a tribute to her late father. Overall this CD is rated among the top in Mariah albums. I give it 5 stars!
In the words of American Idol's Randy Jackson, "Mariah, Mariah, Mariah...". Mariah Carey has returned with her first CD of new material since 2001's underrated "Glitter" soundtrack... and it's a real charmer! Many critics have panned Mariah's material and song choices as pop and "bubblegum" (ie. "Loverboy" and "Dreamlover"). But for every radio friendly song in MC's catalog, she's always offered up gems that reveal her as a serious songwriter (ie. "Vision of Love", "One Sweet Day" and "Hero/Never Too Far"). Charmbracelet's first single, "Through the Rain", is a mellow, if restrained, reintroduction of Mariah to the public. Almost in comparison to Gloria Estefan's #1 "Coming Out of the Dark", it's an answer to those who doubted her return. Mariah's versatility as an artist and willingness to experiment with different vocal arrangements is evident throughout, from the gospel flavored "My Saving Grace" to the mellow rap flow of the JD produced "The One". Guest artists abound as usual (Cam'ron in "Boy", Jay-Z in "You Got Me", & Joe and Kelly Price on the remix of "Through the Rain"). However, Mariah still shines through as a woman who can hold her own. As she shatters no bounds with a piercing note at the end of her Def Lepard remake "Bringin on the Heartbreak", MC leaves no doubt that out of the darkness and through the rain, she will always find her way!
Mariah's new cd Charmbracelet surpassed even my expectations and i am a fan. Just take a listen to "Subtle Invitation" "My Saving Grace" "Yours" and "The One"--all of the above are great songs--proving her writing skills vocal range and her ability to do anything from jazz to gospel to pop to rnb.