Pork is here with his weekly post, bringing you the best of this week’s new music releases.
Can anyone who knows a thing about me be surprised that today is all about my girlfriend, Mariah Carey? Barbra Streisand may claim to have all of the answers with her new album, and Madonna might claim that her new ‘hits’ compilation is reason to Celebrate, but MC is for me…and therefore for you today.
Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is studio album number 12 for Mariah and nearly 20 years into her career, she has learned what has made her a worldwide phenomenon. Besides “the voice” we all hear, is the voice behind the lyrics. Most people should know by now that one of the distinguishing factors between Mariah and the endless pool of other r&b/hip-hop/pop singers (besides “the voice”) is the fact that she writes her songs. Mariah has patented a certain kind of lyrical charm that can paint a whimsical scene or harshly deliver a diss with a sharp and biting wit. Mariah’s various styles, both vocally and lyrically, have all come together to form a larger portrait of her worth on Memoirs.
That being said, Memoirs is not quite the album you would expect a newlywed to write. Amongst the picture-perfect ocean-side nuptials and romantic jaunts to amusement parks, Mariah has still managed to keep the heartbroken songs on the winning side of the ratio. Mariah explained the angles she’s chosen as a songwriter for this project to Amazon.com: “Each song tells its own story. Each one is like an intimate conversation or entry in a private diary. A lot of the songs reflect specific, different times in my life, actual events that happened to me, some of which are from way back in the past. Others were inspired by movies or from a friend of mine that may have told me their story. People can listen to it and pick out certain songs that mean something to them – women especially. It’s about women’s empowerment and overcoming certain things. It’s fun too though. It’s got a little bit of something for everybody”.
A majority of the production duties on Memoirs were handled by recording artist/producer (and recently appointed Executive Vice President of Island Def Jam Records) The-Dream with mega-producer Christopher “Tricky” Stewart (Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies”.) The pair is most famous for their uber-smash “Umbrella” by Rihanna in 2007. This synergy can be heard most clearly here on “Standing O” which inhabits a similar strut and stutter.
There are even more sides to Mariah than represented on the triple-image cover to Memoirs. There’s an MC for just about every day of the week and they are all here (and I love each and every one of them.)