Emancipation = Mariah Carey to the second power, and sure enough her energy and talent ensures that this album will sell masses of copies at the speed of light.
Released on the same day that American Idol Season 7 featured her music, Mariah's appearance on the elimination show clearly showed the difference between the diva and the debutantes, Davids and dreadlocks. Heck, she even had Simon Cowell on his feet applauding.
With writing and production credits on every single song, the versatile MC delivers an album equal to "The Emancipation of Mimi", with a mix of R&B, pop, reggae, hip hop, soul and gospel. Lyrically the album seems very personal, especially the tracks "Side Effects" and "Bye Bye", but there's something here to appeal to every listener.
First single "Touch My Body" has already hit the number one spot, with second single "Bye Bye" hot on its heels. (The latter is the song she performed on American Idol.) Other first class tracks are "Cruise Control" (the reggae track featuring Damian Marley, and my favorite); "I Stay in Love" (a classic Mariah Carey track); "I'm That Chick" and "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" (bouncy retro-disco-pop tracks which sample music by Michael Jackson and DeBarge); "O.O.C." (meaning out of control); and the perfect album closer "I Wish You Well".
This album is recommended for any fan of popular music. There are no bad tracks, and singles will be coming from this album for quite a while.