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DROPS, Emancipated but not free
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Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Author: Gamboa, Glenn
Date: Apr 12, 2005
Start Page: B.04
Section: PART II
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For "Mimi," she's lined up loads of high-profile friends to help her look, from Kanye West and The Neptunes to Nelly and Snoop Dogg - as well as the big man himself, Island Def Jam Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid, who executive produced the album with [Mariah Carey]. With all that star power around, it's hard for Carey not to shine, though part of that is the reflection from her hotter collaborators.

On much of "Mimi," Carey is simply out for hits, not greatness, and that's exactly what she gets. Because of her vocal strength, she can approximate any style, so she does. Take "Say Somethin'," Carey's laid-back, Neptunes-produced duet with Snoop Dogg, where she sounds like a hook girl in her own song. Her vocals could have been delivered by Kelis or Amerie and no one would have been the wiser. "One and Only" finds her singing double-time like Destiny's Child as she tries to keep up with Twista, who dominates the song. And in the club-savvy "To the Floor," which also bears the Neptunes' breezy, sun-kissed sound, Carey sounds like a breathy, Ashanti-influenced afterthought once Nelly gets thrown into the mix.

GETTY IMAGES PHOTO- Mariah Carey calls her new album "The Emancipation of Mimi." It's a bundle of ready-made hits, but restrained.; Miss Hits. On her latest album, The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey only cares about scoring hits. And thats not necessarily a good thing. Cover Photo - Mariah Carey

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