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Mariah Carey stays current without losing her charm on “Warning” – Rolling Stone

May not be twisted: there is not a single artist who can match Mariah Carey's almost three decades of consistency…

May not be twisted: there is not a single artist who can match Mariah Carey’s almost three decades of consistency and resilience. Even when she appears to be in a career (the underrated commercial calamity Glitter )), she returns to turn to the next round.

Warning comes four years after Me. I’m Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse A solid album that lacked the true consistency and the musical cohesion of her best work, despite Rey Teaming Carey with the frequent collaborator Jermaine Dupri. During the four years since this album, Carey began the heaviest tournament of her career, focused on her Christmas market, went to Vegas and strengthened an iconic Instagram presence. Once upon a time, it turned out smart: Warning is pure hip hop-inclined poplessness, as in Glitter and Charmbracelet comeback tour force Emancipation by Mimi in how it sublime nods to current trends and confirms the singer as a formidable pop presence. Warning is exciting stream without swallowing Carey’s charm (though it seems increasingly impossible for a star like her).

Launches with the appropriate title, calming sassy “GTFO”, it is clear Carey has set her position to “savage” for this project. Certainly there are love songs and moments of inward-facing reflection, but the majority of the tracks are kiss-offs aimed at those who have doubted her or left her ashamed. Take the non-ID-assisted title track: “Continue with caution / Do not be dishonest / I need you closer / To love me harder,” she asks. On “Krossa dig” sampling “A No No” &#821

1; a highlight for both this album and R & B this year – she delivers them well after all, all accentuated with a cute but strict “no”. In true Elusive Chanteuse form, she takes it to another level of the end of the song: “Parlez-vous francais? I said no / Lemme translate it: I said no / I can say it an espanol / No.” On Timbaland collab “8 “she suggests to an insecure, negligent lover to” Maybe the lyrics were too heavy in my song. ”

When she is not in a strategic lyric battle, Carey delivers sexy midempo love songs like” Blood Orange ” produced “Giving Me Life”, which causes her to turn fan-proofing languages ​​into cooing, personal sweet nothings. Skrillex and Poo Bear produced “The Distance”, while both a diss and one love song celebrate the success of their love story while throwing a perfectly manicured middle finger of the non-believers.

Vigilously draws Carey back from the octave she has taken people for decades. She nestles in the warmth of a smoother delivery, suitable for the album’s slow-burning R & B sound. Every now and then, a hint of her famous whistle register and signature, the city fountain belt, emphasizes the tone of the shchmaltzy jam “With you”, whispering in the background as the song progresses.

While great emotional ballads were the basis of Carey’s early years, there’s only a really heavy moment in the album: last song “Portrait.” After the lyrics curves, R & B coos and stellar production, it’s a strong heavy moment that feels like a throwback to a bygone era of power ballads for vocalists of her caliber. On the song, Carey reveals the inner emotional excitement of having his own cross to bear but wants to keep them hidden from the world. “And for the final she can float around immediately / and dream the hours in her mind,” she sings on the dreamy blinking bridge. It’s an honest end to an honest album, full of truths and delivered as only she can.

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