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Criticism Greets Mariah Carey's New Album Cover

Published by Daily Times on Sat, 03 May 2014

Ahead of the release of her new album, singer and mother of two, Mariah Carey, has released the album cover for her new work.She unveiled the title, key art, and track listing for her 14th studio album, but it was a drawing on the back cover that really tells the story.Fans have argued that the picture of her on the two different front covers appear too retouched.Criticizing the title- "I Am Mariahthey say was bore out of egoism and self identity. Moreover, the track listing on the back cover features a child's handwritten drawing, leading some to wonder if Mariah let her kids choose the album's theme.Meanwhile, Mariah had explained to Billboard that her new album would "take its name from a personal possession of mine that's part of an entity that I've had almost all my life." And the album title's meaning was explained in a YouTube video Mariah posted along with Thursday morning's announcement."On the back cover of this album is a personal treasure," Mariah begins. "My first and only self-portrait. I drew it when I was 3 and a half, and entitled it 'Me. I Am Mariah.' Please don't judge me for such a simplistic titleC'mon, I was only 3 and a half! It was a creative visualization of how I saw myself with the purity of a child's heart before it was ever broken. I've kept this drawing private for so long but because this album is a reflection of the peaks and valleys that have made me who I am today, I've decided to share it with those of you who actually care and have been here for me through it all. We've been through a lot, but I've always known me. I Am Mariah."She continues, "Along the way, there have been many nicknames and I've inadvertently embodied many personas. Lately, they've been calling me The Elusive Chanteuse."According to Yahoo's report, read below:"the back cover of Mariah's new album (Def Jam)In other words, the album title is a combination of how Mariah first envisioned herself as a child, along with a recent name given to her by those closest to her. Mariah's other popular nicknames over the years have included "Mimi" and "MC."All of this falls in line with what Mariah's echoed many times in recent years; that her next album would be a reflection of how motherhood has changed her."The inevitable Beyonc comparisons continue beyond the album's "surprise" rollout strategy. First, Mariah's album title has vague similarities to Queen Bey's 2008 album, "I Am Sasha Fierce." Also, Mariah chose to feature her brood on one of her latest songs. Track 9, "Supernatural," is credited "W/ Special Guest Stars 'Dembabies' A.K.A. Ms. Monroe & Mr. Moroccan, Scott Cannaon, A.K.A. Roc N' Roe;" Beyonc featured daughter Blue Ivy on the track "Blue" on her latest self-titled visual album.Many of Mariah's albums over the years have looked somewhat similar, and this one is no exception. Mariah mostly offers up variations on her two signature album cover looks: a full body shot centered in the album's middle, or a close up face shot. Sure enough, on "I Am Mariah The Elusive Chanteuse," she offers one of eachthe full-body centered image on the 15-track Standard Edition, and the close-up on the 18-track Deluxe Edition.
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