Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

by Mariah Carey


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Like many big-budget albums of the last years of the 2000s, Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel faced shifting release dates, all as the final product was tweaked in light of disappointing reactions to early singles, particularly the Eminem-baiting "Obsessed." Unlike many of those big-budget albums, including several made by Mariah herself, Memoirs isn't the product of a stable of producers and collaborators; it is almost entirely the work of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, the team best known for their tracks for Rihanna. Certainly, there are echoes of "Umbrella" to be heard on Memoirs, just as there are elements of the gauzy "Touch My Body," The-Dream and Tricky Stewart's previous single for Mariah, although working with mainly one set of producers does give Memoirs a cohesion that can sometimes lapse into sameness, but not in an unpleasant fashion. Even if it doesn't smack of the confessional autobiography of the title, there's no denying that Memoirs is an album, not a collection of tracks, possessing its own flow and mood, which gives it a personality the slightly desperate E=MC2 lacked, even if it never manages to kick out a song that is all that distinctive on its own terms. Nevertheless, what it also lacks is the pandering, heavy-handed sexuality Mariah has relied upon too heavily this decade -- and in doing so, it feels age appropriate in a way she hasn't in a long time, despite a collection of silly, jumbled lyrics. All Memoirs needs to push it over the edge is a great pair of singles, and their absence does hurt the album a bit, but not enough to prevent it from being her most interesting album in a decade.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602527204628
catalogNumber: 1576092
Rank: 129665

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mariah Carey   Primary Artist
Alex Al   Bass Guitar
Randy Jackson   Bass
Sherry McGhee   Background Vocals
Ronnie Gutierrez   Percussion
Randy Jackson   Bass
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Leon Bisquera   Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
James "Big Jim" Wright   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Mary Ann Tatum   Background Vocals
Arturo Solar   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Julio Miranda   Guitar
Sherry Tatum   Background Vocals
Matthew Rollings   Keyboards
John Lemkuhl   Keyboards
John J. Robert   Trombone,Bass Trombone
James M. King   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jheron Garnett   Drums
Monte Neuble   Keyboards,Vocoder,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Mick Jones   Composer
Cyndi Lauper   Composer
Barry White   Composer
John Klemmer   Composer
Mariah Carey   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Mark DeBarge   Composer
Rob Hyman   Composer
Carlos McKinney   Composer
Randy Jackson   Producer
Rashad Smith   Composer
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer,Producer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Crystal Johnson   Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright   Producer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Michael Seltzer   Business Consultant
Kevin Guarnieri   Engineer
Joe Brenner   Legal Advisor
Allen Grubman   Legal Advisor
Etterlene Jordan   Composer
The-Dream   Composer,Producer
Carol Corless   Package Production
Damien Lewis   Engineer
Andrew Wuepper   Engineer
Carlos Oyanedel   Engineer
Ron Nash   Management
Sonya Guardo   Legal Advisor
Rosemarie Passerino   Management
Antoinette Trotman   Business Consultant
DaMystro   Arranger,Producer
John Lemkuhl   Programming
Heatmyzer   Producer
Chris Wallace   Composer
Ahmad Lewis   Composer
Alberta Brown   Composer
Nick Chahwala   Engineer
Brian "B-Luv" Thomas   Engineer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan   Engineer

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Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i enjoy her work on her music
kristinasullivan More than 1 year ago
Mariah Carey's 12th studio album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" feels like an R&B journey back in time. The artwork on the CD packaging is reminiscent of yesteryear with Mariah replicating the pictures from her self-titled debut album from 1990, "Mariah Carey" and from her 1997 album "Butterfly". Somehow, Mariah in 2009 looks prettier, happier, and more confident than Mariah in the 1990's did. Accompanying "Memoirs" is an "Elle" mini-magazine starring Mariah. The mini-magazine features Mariah's commentary about her feelings on her previous albums, a listing of some of Mariah's favorite things(including a tour of her expansive and neatly organized closet that resembles an upscale department store), information about the movie, "Precious", and interviews with both Mariah and her husband, Nick Cannon. The magazine also contains the usual content for a CD insert such as song lyrics, thank you's, and credits, and when you read the credits, you'll see that not only does Mariah have "The Voice" but she also has "The Brain" since she wrote all the songs except for the one cover song that she remade and she is also the executive producer. There's also an extra CD that contains four remixes to the lead single, "Obsessed" along with the original music video and a remixed music video. One of the things that's most remarkable about Mariah is that not only does she have a beautiful voice, but she's also a talented and witty songwriter that writes all her own songs that have a unique flair in the way that she can effortlessly go back and forth between impressive vocabulary words and silly words and phrases that are laced with both current and older terminology and slang some of which is mainstream, others she brilliantly makes up. For example, in "Obsessed" when she sings "you're delusional, you're delusional" she's using an impressive vocabulary word and than in "Obsessed", she also sings that she can "See right through ya like you're bathin' in Windex" which is a silly thing to say and in "Obsessed" she also sings "He's all up in my George Foreman" which is a unique way to utilize the slang term "He's all up in my grill" by referencing the famous George Foreman grill. In her own signature style, Mariah once again captivates us with her voice and her lyrics and her fun sense of humor. "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" is a must-have!
kake59 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful R&B influenced album!
Mario_Caroye More than 1 year ago
When I first listened to the songs...... Its was kinda boring, however the second time... Oh my GOD I was surprise, the songs are great, it was very well recorded. I LOVE IT! Esp, ANGELS CRY and STANDING O!
survivor1 More than 1 year ago
I found this to be pretty good...still like some of MC's earlier work better.
RHSINCA More than 1 year ago
Well worth the money. A large number of tracks. Great stories inside the liner notes.
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