Q (10/99, p.142) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...EMOTIONS is a technically perfect example of mainstream R&B....sashays with the customary elegance of a multi-million dollar production, and Carey's pipes are...in fine fettle..."
Stereo Review (1/92, p.77) - Performance "Fine singing" / Recording "Very good" - "...the lustrous texture of her voice, with its appealingly breathy quality, is enough to invite attention, but it is her startling high notes, far beyond the range of most vocalists, that inspire awe..."
New York Times (Publisher) (9/15/91) - "...technically impressive and impassioned pop-gospel singing. Few vocalists in any musical genre have voices as flexible as Ms. Carey's nearly four-octave instrument..."
Personnel: Mariah Carey (vocals); Michael Landau, Paul Pesco, Cornell Dupree, Vernon "Ice" Black (guitar); George Young, Larry Feldman (tenor saxophone); Lewis Delgatto (baritone saxophone); David Cole (keyboards, vibraphone, drum programming, background vocals); Walter Afanasieff (keyboards, synthesizer bass, drums, percussion, programming); Ren Klyce, Gray Crimelli (Synclavier, programming); Will Lee (bass); Steve Smith (drums); Robert Clivilles (drums, drum programming); Alan Freidman (programming); Trey Lorenz, Patrique McMillan, Cindy Mizelle, Jamillah Muhammad, Deborah Cooper (background vocals).
Producers: Walter Afanasieff, Mariah Carey, David Cole, Robert Clivilles.
Engineers include: Acar S. Key, Bruce Miller, Dana Jon Chappelle.
EMOTIONS, the 1991 chart-topping release from dance/pop chanteuse Mariah Carey, showed the world that she would have no sophomore slump. With her knack for writing hit material, Carey turned out a few smashes off of this release. The title cut was #1 on the Billboard chart for three weeks. Mariah sings her heart out on the power ballad "Can't Let Go," which went to #2 in early '92. Her distinctive multi-octave range allows her to manipulate casual dance/pop melodies, making them soar.
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