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Issue 1079

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Mariah Carey 'Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angelâ album playback news

Mariah Carey: Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel
Mariah Carey: Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel

Mariah invites âB&Sâ to an exclusive media playback of six tracks from her eagerly-anticipated, soon-come twelfth album âMemoirs Of An Imperfect Angelâ Perfect album? Pete Lewis gives you his esteemed opinion...

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All phones, cameras and blackberrys MUST be checked in at the doorâ⦠Yep, security was decidedly tight at Central Londonâs super-posh Langham Hotel. As, within the opulent surroundings of its plush Artesian Bar, âBlues & Souls' Pete Lewis mingled with prominent urban-media bods like MOBO founder Kanya King MBE, MTV Base senior producer Jasmine Dotiwala, and KISS FMâs DJ Swerve for an exclusive listen to new music from the worldâs âtop-selling female artist in historyâ, Ms Mariah Carey.

With Matt Ross of Def Jam US in attendance (but sadly not Mariah herself!), tracks played - in addition to the current Eminen-taunting, bass-booming single Obsessedâ - included the dreamily intimate âH.A.T.E. Uâ; the loved-up, sensual âImpossibleâ; and edgily-pushing R&B groover âStanding Oâ.

Nevertheless, it was the wistful, summery drifter âCandy Blingâ that unquestionably proved the favourite with the afternoonâs carefully-selected media guests; while the most eyebrow-raising moment arrived with Mariahâs bluesily-soulful new take on Foreignerâs Eighties rock/gospel anthem âI Want To Know What Love Isâ.

Indeed - with Mariah herself, alongside currently-hot Atlanta pop/R&B writer/producers The-Dream & âTrickyâ Stewart, responsible for most of the songs on display - the event itself (which also visited Tokyo, Hong Kong and Berlin the same week) all-in-all undoubtedly provided an interesting, if somewhat musically-downtempo, appetiser for the (hopeful) September 14 release of the highly-touted âMemoirs Of An Imperfect Angelâ in its entirety.
Words PETE LEWIS

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