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Mariah Carey: Mariah Carey

Album Reviews:

Q (12/01, p.154) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Offered a convincing argument that here was the next Whitney Houston..."

Stereo Review - Performance "Technical brilliance" / Sound "Excellent"

Album Notes

Personnel: Mariah Carey (vocals); Jimmy Rip, Vernon "Ice" Black, Chris Camozzi, Bob Cadway, Chris Toland, David Williams, Michael Landau, Nile Rodgers (guitar); Richard Tee (piano); Walter "Babylove" Afanasieff (keyboards, synthesizer, drums, percussion, programming); Louis Biancaniello (keyboards, bass, percussion, programming); Ben Margulies (keyboards, drums, programming); Rhett Lawrence, Rich Tancredi (keyboards); Marcus Miller (bass); Joe Franco (drums, percussion, percussion programming); Narada Michael Walden, Omar Hakim (drums); Ren Klyce, Ric Wake (percussion, programming); Fonzie Thornton, Billy T. Scott, Jamiliah Muhammed, Haven Clayborn, The Billy T. Scott Ensemble (background vocals).

Producers include: Ric Wake, Narada Michael Walden, Mariah Carey, Ben Margulies, Walter Afanasieff.

Engineers include: Bob Cadway, Rhett Lawrence, Dana Jon Chappelle.

Recorded at Cove City Sound Studios, and Shakedown Studios, New York, New York.

It was clear early on in her recording career that Long Island's own Mariah Carey possessed a rare combination of qualities that would make her special. She had a commanding voice, an uncanny ear for a hit, commanding stage presence and an effervescent personality. She was, in short, an American pop diva just waiting to be discovered.

When her eponymous 1990 debut sold more than 12 million copies, it was clear Carey would become the pop queen she'd always dreamed she'd be. From the doo-wop-influenced opening track "Vision of Love" to the sweet, last-dance ballad "Love Takes Time," Carey's debut was one of biggest-selling records of the '90s. It was so popular, in fact, that four of the 11 tracks on the album hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart. MARIAH CAREY is Top 40 perfection with a remarkable young talent at the center of it all.


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