I strongly disagree with the "official" Amazon review for The Emancipation of Mimi. Mariah was the first artist that I could ever say I was a fan of. In fact, the first album I ever bought was Mariah's MTV Unplugged. She was one of my favourites all the way through Daydream, and then fell off my radar. Although, even though she hasn't been popular for a long time, no one can say that she hasn't had any hits. All of her albums except the last two, Glitter and Charmbracelet, have spawned big hits. Anyway, with Mimi, Mariah has returned to her R&B roots. This album is soulful. It is without huge hype. With this album, unlike recent ones, I do not feel that Mariah is trying to establish herself as a hip hop ghetto girl. Where the Beyonce references come from, I have no idea. Beyonce's album was heavily-influenced by old school, but her image is becoming excessively ghetto-gangsta. Mimi has some hip hop and old school influences, but the styling of the album is much more sophisticated. As for their voices, there is no mistaking Mariah. She's doing what she does best. As the "official" review states, Mimi is heavy on the ballads and mid-tempos, but they are wonderful. The "real" feel of this album intentionally allows us to hear subtle flaws in Carey's delivery, which only adds to the soulful styling and intimacy of the album, but Mariah's voice is not lacking. Her range and control are once again showcased on this album, and one will recognize again how hugely talented Mariah Carey is, and how the music industry is void of voices of this calibre.