There is no Mariah album that I did not overplay till My ears fell off.
She has always been my go to for my moods and especially my singing.
Caution is something gradually different vs previous albums, it is pure r&b, with rhythm, with sass. But I miss instruments (this modern stuff is kinda overrated, and I very much think Mariah could leave chewed up beats to Drake and get an actual band).
My favorite track is without a doubt “A No No”, also because it samples a 90s track from highly missed Lil’ Kim (#lilkim I beg you return, don’t leave us with Nicki Minaj) and you can even hear Notorious Big. Love the attitude in this track and also GTFO.
But the sour note for me is “With You”. Don’t get me wrong, the melody and the voice... unbeatable... but the “musical” background annoys me to death... it’s repetitive, it brings the track down.
And just when one goes towards the end of the album and keeps repeating herself “where the fuck are the ballads?!?!?!” that’s when finally “Portrait” wraps up.
Those who don’t know me well enough will never understand, but I started bawling my eyes out like a child. I wanted to post photographic proof but I looked like shit 😂
Portrait is that little light left in Mariah that is still inside all of us despite the years gone by and the present living in a music industry where Drake and Bieber dominate the charts.
Portrait is Petals, Looking in, Twister, Rainbow Interlude and all those misunderstood tiny tracks that only the hardcore lovers of her music understood. It’s a track that screams “hey girl, thanks for being here through the years, I have grown from the pop but I am still your hero deep inside”.
So thank you Mariah... I love you, I respect the fact that you are no longer who you used to be. No one should ever stay the same.
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