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Album Review

Mariah Carey claims Rainbow, her first album since divorcing Tommy Mottola, "chronicles my emotional roller coaster ride of the past year," but less subjective listeners could be forgiven for viewing it as simply another Mariah Carey album. After all, all the elements are in place — the crossover dance hits, the ballads, the cameos, the hip producers, the weird cover choice from the early '80s. But dig a little deeper, and her words ring true. Rainbow is the first Carey album where she's written personal lyrics, and allusions to her separation from Mottola are evident throughout the album, even if it doesn't really amount to the "story" she mentions in the liner notes. As appropriate for any introspective album, it's a bit ballad-heavy, which makes Rainbow seem a little samey. Yet that's not the only reason the record has a weird sense of déjà vu, since this follows the same formula as its two predecessors, distinguished primarily by her newfound fondness for flashing flesh. That repetition isn't necessarily a problem, since she does formula very well, managing to appeal to both housewives as well as b-boys. Rainbow proves that she can still pull off that difficult balancing act, but it's hard not to be a little disappointed that she'd didn't shake the music up a little bit more — after all, it would have been a more effective album if the heartbreak, sorrow, and joy that bubbles underneath the music were brought to the surface.

Customer Reviews

1 of her greatest albums!!!

this is a great ending for Mariah in her reign of the pop music scene of the 90's. The key song is "Heartbreaker"!!!!

Unique and Inpsiring!

Initially Mariah wasn't even going to make this album, but wanted to finish with Sony as soon as she could so she pumped it out in the midst of writing for Glitter. Heartbreaker, the first hit single gave her enough #1's to beat the Beatles for the longest no. of weeks at no.1 on the charts. This CD is not as sultry or mellow as Butterfly, but it's just as good in my opinion. It contains extremely personal songs where Mariah is vulnerable and tells a lot about her past (which can't be found on later albums) like Petals. It contains inspiring songs like her Theme, a beautiful remake of Phil Collins hit and one of the most beautiful songs she's ever done; After Tonight. This is my one of my 3 FAVORITE of hers. I highly recommend it.

Not Bad But Not As Good As Daydream or Butterfly

The voice is still there but the songs were not as catchy as from Daydream or Butterfly. With the first single Heartbreaker, she tries to take the teen pop route with the beats and song. Thank God I Found You was also a good single. It features Joe and former boyband 98 Degrees. It brings her back to her days of collabortations of R&B singers and mixing in with who was hot at the time. A lot of R&B/Hip-Hop stuff going on but still a number of ballads. Her cover of Against All Odds is perfect.


Born: March 27, 1970 in Huntington, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The best-selling female performer of the 1990s and one of the most popular artists through the 2010s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice. An elastic talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, she earned frequent comparison to rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but did them both one better by co-writing almost all her material. Like all artists with lengthy periods in the mainstream spotlight, Carey experienced creative...
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