Favorite Mariah Record
55 / 5
Not only is the best Mariah Carey album, but is one of the best albums in pop music period - a must-have album. The album can only be reviewed track by track for me because it made me appreciate music - that's how much of an impact it had on me as a listener.
Fantasy - perfect pop song that all subsequent songs she did were measured against; what's not to love? Great remix/mashup of a catchy 80s jam, a sliding vocal that goes all over the place but still keeps it human, and breakdown that gives us a break long enough to appreciate the finale even more. She never got any closer to pop music domination than here. The Diddy Remix with ODB is worth a listen if you like it a little grittier.
Underneath the Stars - a 180 from "Fantasy," this one grabs your attention because Mariah isn't trying to impress anyone but her lover and man, is this one sexy without saying naughty
One Sweet Day - the best duet of all time, what else is there to say?
Open Arms - don't care what critics say, this is a fantastic cover of the Journey classic
Always Be My Baby - the OTHER perfect pop song from Daydream, this one isn't as showy as "Fantasy," but is just as easy to love and it brings good vibes to anyone who hears it
I Am Free - where things (finally?) start to seem that they can't be absolutely perfect, "I Am Free" is a gospel-tinged ballad that is great but just a bit cheesy lyrically
When I Saw You - bring on the cheese wiz! This is the weakest song on the album, but some people love this version of Mariah. I personally find it a fabricated version of Carey, but whatever floats your boat.
Long Ago - super sexy and just as slinky as anything Janet or TLC was putting out around this time
Melt Away - if you like to escape into another dimension with dreamy lyrics, vocals, and sound "Melt Away" is your jam! Easily one of my favorite MC tracks
Forever - while just a lyrically cheesy as 2 other songs on the album (Free and When I Saw You), "Forever" at least completely changes it up with a country-tinged sound and timeless execution
Daydream Interlude - this is the laid back, nightclub version of "Fantasy" - probably the most upbeat song of Carey's career. While I like it, they cannot be compared to one another.
Looking In - A quiet, introspective song, "Looking In" proved Carey could be vulnerable and not be trying to sell you something. This is her being real and raw - I love it, even if it is a little depressing.
Sadly, "Slipping Away" and the ODB "Fantasy Remix" were left out of this album or it would be perfect!