Mariah Carey Charmbracelet
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- Released: December 3, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Island
Vibe - 2/03, p.137"...CHARMBRACELET has moments of both frivolity and restraint....her latest is classic Mariah..." - Rating: 3.5 discs
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Personnel includes: Mariah Carey (vocals); Kelly Price, Joe (vocals); Jay-Z, Cam'Ron, Freeway (rap vocals); Just Blaze, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (various instruments); Erick E. Bass (acoustic guitar); Rob Bacon (guitar); Sandra Parks Tremants, Sharon Yamada, Lisa E. Kim, Myung Hi Kim, Fiona Simon (violin); Evan Wilson, Karen Bakunin, Denyse Buffum, Matt Funes (viola); Larry Corbett, Elizabeth Dyson, Jeremy Turner (cello); Kenneth Crouch (acoustic piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Lionel Cole (piano); Randy Jackson, Oscar Maza, John Patitucci, Reggie Hamilton (bass); Trevor Lawrence (percussion, programming); Alex Richbourg (programming); Mary Ann Tatum, Jermaine Dupri, Trey Lorenz, Melanie Daniels (background vocals).
Producers: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Just Blaze, Mariah Carey.
Personnel: Mariah Carey (vocals, background vocals); Kelly Price (vocals, background vocals); Jay-Z (rap vocals); Michael Thompson (guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, nylon-string guitar, bass synthesizer); Robert Bacon (guitar, electric guitar); David Ryan Harris , Billy Odum, William Odum, Rob "Fonksta" Bacon, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila (guitar); Eric Johnson (acoustic guitar); Michael Hart Thompson (electric guitar, steel guitar, nylon-string guitar, strings, bass synthesizer, percussion); Liza Lim, Jung Sun Yoo, Fiona Simon, Ann Kim, Soohyun Kwon, Melissa Kleinbart, Myung Hi Kim, Lisa Kim, Suzanne Ornstein, Laura Seaton, Sharon Yamada (violin); Matt Gunes, Tom Rosenthal, Matthew Funes, Karen Elaine Bakunin, Dawn Hannay, Karen Dreyfus, Robert Rinehart, Evan Wilson, Denyse Buffum (viola); Dan Smith, Steve Richards (cello, strings); Elizabeth Dyson, Jeremy Turner, Daniel Smith , Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Jeanne LeBlanc, Mary Wooten (cello); Alyssa Park, John Wittenberg, Michelle Richards, Michele Richards, Mario de Le¢n, Eve Butler, Joel Derouin, Peter Kent, Sara Parkins, Lesa Terry, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Susan Chatman, Charlie Bisharat (strings); Printz Board (trumpet); Kenneth Crouch (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Lionel Cole (piano, bass synthesizer); Andrew Sherman (piano); Randy Jackson (bass guitar, percussion); Trevor Lawrence (drums, percussion, drum programming); Carl "Butch" Small, John Lemkuhi (percussion); Vice, 7 Aurelius (programming); John Mitchell , Alexander Richbourg, John D. Mitchell (drum programming); Mary Ann Tatum, Jermaine Dupri, Melonie Daniels, Trey Lorenz (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dexter Simmons; Florian Ammon; Ken Lewis ; Jermaine Dupri; Jon Smeltz; Mick Guzauski; Andre Harris; Phil Tan; Steve Hodge; Vidal Davis.
Recording information: Capri Digital Studios, Capri, Italy; Capro Studio, Capri, Italy; Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas; Enterprise 2 Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Enterprise STudios, Los Angeles, CA; Flyte Studio, Edina, MN; Flyte Tyme Studio, Edina MN; Henson Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA; In His Trailer On A Movie Set, Blythe, CA; Quad Recording, New York, NY; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA; Studio Atlantis, Los Angeles, CA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; The Studio, Phildelphia, PA; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA; The Womb, Los Angeles, CA; Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA; Westlake Audio, Los Angeles, CA; Zac Recording, Atlanta, GA.
Photographers: Ray Lego; Carlo Dalla Chiesa; Sante d'Orazio.
After Mariah Carey seemingly hit a creative and personal bottom between all her emotional upheaval, a lost label deal, and a flop film debut, CHARMBRACELET appeared to be the highly anticipated record that could very well decide whether she could regain her status in the pop world. Fear not, as the Long Island native bounces back nicely by playing to her strengths as an exceptional balladeer and someone with an ear for a catchy fusion of hip-hop beats and R&B rhythms. Carey's flirtation with rap continues as she shares a mike with Cam'ron on "Boy (I Need You)" while sampling his song of the same name, slips into the slow rollin' "Freeway" with Jay-Z and the groovalicious West Side Connection hook-up "Irresistible". This uber-diva also goes to church with the gospel-flavored "My Saving Grace," admonishes Eminem for starting unfounded rumors of a romance between the duo on "Clown," and does a fine job turning Def Leppard's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" from a metal power ballad to a smoother lament. All this cathartic venting is topped by "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy," a heartfelt tribute to Carey's recently deceased father.
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