Mariah Carey | The Ballads | Rating: 9.2 / 11 |
Finally a Mariah Carey collection that takes you back to the days when Mariah ruled, especially for those of us who grew up going to Bar & Bat Mitzvah’s where all the best slow dance songs came from the lovely and talented songstress. And if you’re anything like me, you never bothered to pick up a Mariah Carey album while growing up because you couldn’t decide which one to buy first! Well brothers and sisters, the solution has finally appeared with the release of The Ballads.
The Ballads is precisely that, a collection of Mariah’s best ballads from across her catalogue. With tunes like “Hero” that picks us up and inspires, “Always Be My Baby” a song for the hopeless romantic, “Dreamlover” which I dare you to not stand up and dance to, and “One Sweet Day” Mariah’s duet with Boyz II Men that connects everyone with those loved ones we’ve lost over the years; this is an album not to be overlooked.
Once this disc starts in your CD/MP3 player you can’t help but be whisked away to memories of high school dances, waiting in line at your local amusement park, MTV Unplugged, car rides with friends and all the while smiling innocently to yourself at your newest guilty pleasure. You may even want to fight the urge to crank it up and sing at the top of your lungs — don’t fight it, just do it.