Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Emancipation of Mimi CD 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 0602498811177 602498811177
The Emancipation of Mimi CD 15 Def Jam Recordings 9881270 602498812709
The Emancipation of Mimi CD 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group), Handprint Entertainment B000394302 075021033726
The Emancipation of Mimi (unknown) 14 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 000394301
The Emancipation of Mimi CD 16 Universal International (release must say "制作:Universal International" AND have no logos other than "Universal Music") UICL-1047 4988005376909
The Emancipation of Mimi: Ultra Platinum Edition CD 19 Mercury Records (Universal Music Group)
The Emancipation of Mimi (Special Edition) CD 18 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B000578402 602498872017
The Emancipation of Mimi CD 18 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B0005784-02 602498872017
The Emancipation of Mimi: Ultra Platinum Edition (unknown) 18
The Emancipation of Mimi: Ultra Platinum Edition CD 18 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 0602498872017 602498872017
The Emancipation of Mimi (Ultra Platinum Deluxe Edition) DVD-Video 18 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) 9887202 602498872024
The Emancipation of Mimi CD 20 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) UICY-20361 4988005723703
The Emancipation of Mimi (Ultra platinum edition Target exclusive edition) 2×CD 18 + 1 Island (imprint of Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group) B0006214-72

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After virtually bankrupting her previous record label (Virgin/EMI), the high profile failure of Glitter and that terrible Phil Collins cover version with Westlife, lesser mortals than Mariah Carey would surely have buckled under the sheer humiliation of it all. Despite shifting an incredible 140 million albums in the late 90s her latter-day career has resembled a perpetual catastrophe. However, Mariah seems to sashay obliviously onwards, an entourage of servile minions clearing the wreckage left in her wake.

Perhaps such recent history explains the use of her alter ego Mimi, although the emancipation (the word, with its tricky five syllables, is helpfully defined in the sleeve notes) in this case simply looks like Mariah attempting to reinstate her street credentials. Running the risk of sounding like just about every other R'n'B diva on the block is a strategy fraught with potential difficulties, although mostly she does manage to pull it off.

Certainly, comeback single "It's Like That" so successfully re-writes Christina Aguilera's career blueprint, that even a typically bull-in-a-china-shop contribution from Fatman Scoop can't ruin it. Better still is "Say Somethin'" which sees Snoop and Pharrell reprising the naked thump of Kelis' "Milkshake" and adding some neat disco touches. Along with the Kanye West-produced "Stay The Night" it's arguably the album's strongest moment.

Contributions from Jermaine Dupri and Nelly are respectively nauseating and cliched, but elsewhere that famous five-octave voice is back in full effect - occasionally replicating the majesty of Minnie Riperton ("Circles") but often the equivalent of a human dog whistle ("One And Only").

Saying that, there's still plenty here for Mariah's traditional fanbase. "We Belong Together" and "Your Girl" update her classic soul sound with elegance, while "Mine Again" and "Joy Ride" are the pick of the ballads.

For all her vocal gymnastics, there's nobody better at walking the fine line between bombast and sensitivity, and this is undoubtedly Mariah Carey's strongest album for some time. Mimi may not be entirely emancipated from her past, but this is certainly one big step out of the mire.