E=MC2

Common Sense Media says

Ultra diva hits the high notes; some sexual stuff.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

"He brings the drama/six baby mamas" isn't the best role model.

Violence

One reference: "Wakin' up scared some nights, still dreaming 'bout the violent times."

Sex

C'mon, it's Mariah Carey! "Touch my body/let me wrap my thighs all around your waist/just a little taste" is only the beginning, but it's as graphic as it gets.

Language

One song refers to "mother f--kers" and another to "tits," but both are bleeped it out.

Consumerism

A mention of Patron tequila.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One song refers to clubbing and drinking: "We sippin' grigio, slow."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this 14-track collection focuses on sexually-laced songs about the highs and lows of love and romance, and everything from being out of control to emotional abuse. But despite the subjects that Mariah sings about, the lyrics stay relatively tame.

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What's the story?

After a decades-long career, Mariah Carey's music has seemed to morph from sleek ballads (think \"Vision of Love\") to dance-inspired, adult-friendly pop (think \"Make It Happen\") to hip-hop-infused tracks (think \"Butterfly\"). Whatever your favorite, the superstar combines all the flavors of her diverse career on E=MC2, a generous fusion of weepy ballads, urban dance tracks, and radio-friendly, mid-tempo love songs.

Is it any good?

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While the album's combination of musical styles is largely satisfying, it still plays it a little safe, not fully exhausting Mimi's five-octave vocal chops that have made her one of the best-selling performers of all-time. You can hear it on goseply "I Wish You Well." Other notables include the attitudinal anthem, "I'm That Chick" (if you listen closely, you'll notice a little bit of Michael Jackson's Off The Wall), the hip-hop beat of "Touch My Body," and the pulsating vibe of "O.O.C." After a career of ups and downs, it appears Mariah Carey's meteoric rise to the top of the charts once again was no accident.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Mariah's long-lasting career (her first album came out in 1990). What has given Mariah staying power in an industry weighed down by one-hit wonders? Is it truly just about her music? Have her personal dramas negatively or positively influenced the direction her career has taken?

Music details

Artist:Mariah Carey
Release date:April 15, 2008
Label:Island
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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don't need to worry, parents!

This CD is perfectly appropriate for any kid 8 or older
Kid, 11 years old August 6, 2009
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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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i loved this song i think it was good for anyone over 14 years old but any one younger it is kind of bad but it is a very good song

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