Mariah Carey has already found radio rapture with Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel 's first two singles, the brash synth kiss-off "Obsessed" and a soaring…
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Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

Mariah Carey | EMANCIPATED MIMI Mariah Carey
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EMANCIPATED MIMI Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey has already found radio rapture with Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel's first two singles, the brash synth kiss-off ''Obsessed'' and a soaring cover of Foreigner's schmaltz-supreme ballad ''I Want to Know What Love Is.'' Still, it's puzzling to hear one of music's most powerful voices continually corralled into a feathery R&B midrange; imperfections are nowhere to be found on Memoirs, but neither are many true revelations. B

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Originally posted Sep 23, 2009 Published in issue #1068 Oct 02, 2009 Order article reprints