Mariah Carey 'Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel’ album playback news
Mariah invites ‘B&S’ to an exclusive media playback of six tracks from her eagerly-anticipated, soon-come twelfth album ‘Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel’ Perfect album? Pete Lewis gives you his esteemed opinion...
All phones, cameras and blackberrys MUST be checked in at the door”… Yep, security was decidedly tight at Central London’s super-posh Langham Hotel. As, within the opulent surroundings of its plush Artesian Bar, ‘Blues & Souls' Pete Lewis mingled with prominent urban-media bods like MOBO founder Kanya King MBE, MTV Base senior producer Jasmine Dotiwala, and KISS FM’s DJ Swerve for an exclusive listen to new music from the world’s “top-selling female artist in history”, 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 Obsessed’ - included the dreamily intimate ‘H.A.T.E. U’; the loved-up, sensual ‘Impossible’; and edgily-pushing R&B groover ‘Standing O’.
Nevertheless, it was the wistful, summery drifter ‘Candy Bling’ that unquestionably proved the favourite with the afternoon’s carefully-selected media guests; while the most eyebrow-raising moment arrived with Mariah’s bluesily-soulful new take on Foreigner’s Eighties rock/gospel anthem ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’.
Indeed - with Mariah herself, alongside currently-hot Atlanta pop/R&B writer/producers The-Dream & ‘Tricky’ 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 ‘Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel’ in its entirety.
Words PETE LEWIS