Charmbracelet

The title of Mariah Carey's new album (her first from her new Island Def Jam-distributed Monarc label) recalls simpler, more innocent times.

RELEASE DATE: Dec. 3
The title of Mariah Carey's new album (her first from her new Island Def Jam-distributed Monarc label) recalls simpler, more innocent times. And that's precisely what Carey pines for and ultimately delivers on Charmbracelet. While fans of her early-'90s material will find much to embrace here, those that rallied 'round the singer during her hip-hop days may feel lost and abandoned. Classically Carey, Charmbracelet opens with the autobiographical "Through the Rain," a tale of pressing on when the going gets tough. From there, it's primarily one ballad after another (too many, in fact), detailing the ins and outs of love. Songs of note include "Boy (I Need You)" and "Irresistible (West Side Connection)," which sample, respectively, Rose Royce's "I'm Goin' Down" and Evelyn "Champagne" King's "The Show Is Over." The set's crowning glory is a power-ballad cover of Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak."—MP