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Rainbow, Mariah Carey's seventh studio long-player, is something like a concept album. Its theme is the various stages of the "emotional roller coaster," as she puts it, of her divorce and subsequent rebound. Carey continues to walk the line between streetwise hip-hop soul and adult-contemporary acceptability, with the former not surprisingly offering most of the disc's high points. "Heartbreaker," the first single, is a likeable piece of bubble-gum R&B with grit borrowed from guestJay-Z; the remix, withMissy Elliott,Da Brat, andDJ Clueon board, is a different enough piece of work that its appearance only a few cuts after the original version doesn't jar. Another groove-intensive track, theSnoop Doggduet "Crybaby," is so sly that one hopes the two collaborate again. Of course, it wouldn't be a Mariah record without at least one major lapse in taste; here that bill is filled with a cover ofPhil Collins's melodramatic "Against All Odds."--Rickey Wright
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Label:  Sony
ArtistMariah Carey
Release Date:  November 2, 1999
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review by . August 20, 2010
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Pros: A few good ballads, Carey's talent...     Cons: ...too many guest appearances, poor production, etc. (read review)     The Bottom Line: You'd be better off skipping this album, and just buying one of Carey's many greatest hit compilations for the few good tracks off this disc.       I've always been a fan of Mariah Carey. I'm a sucker for big talent, and Carey's five-octave range voice has appealed to me from the first …
review by . October 21, 2000
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So Mariah has been one of the most prolific artists in the last 10 years. She's released, on average, an album a year, which is one of her strengths, but also one of her weaknesses.The good part is that we don't have to wait too terribly long between sets. The bad part is that in many cases, she puts a lot of "filler songs" on a CD to fill it up and get it to market.Heartbreaker was a fun song, but didn't hold up to songs like Honey in terms of instant pop likeability. Unlike the (lame) Amazon.com …
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