12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Looking back, Daydream can be seen as a demarcation point in Mariah Carey’s career. At the time, the singer had built her enormous success upon powerhouse ballads and frothy dance tunes. Daydream nudged Carey towards a more hip-hop based sound, moving her away from grand love arias and towards streetwise jams. That’s not to say that the big ballads are absent — “I Am Free” and an overwrought remake of Journey’s “Open Arms” give her plenty of room to exercise her phenomenal pipes. But the best moments come when Mariah climbs off her pedestal and mixes it up with lesser mortals. “Fantasy” lets her voice slither and glide around an effervescent track taken from Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love.” “One Sweet Day” (her shiver-inducing duet with Boyz II Men) and “Always Be My Baby” borrow from early R&B to create an organic yet ethereal feel. And “Melt Away” lives up to its title as Mariah delivers a molten performance. Mariah would take bolder steps in the years ahead, but the big change really started with Daydream.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Looking back, Daydream can be seen as a demarcation point in Mariah Carey’s career. At the time, the singer had built her enormous success upon powerhouse ballads and frothy dance tunes. Daydream nudged Carey towards a more hip-hop based sound, moving her away from grand love arias and towards streetwise jams. That’s not to say that the big ballads are absent — “I Am Free” and an overwrought remake of Journey’s “Open Arms” give her plenty of room to exercise her phenomenal pipes. But the best moments come when Mariah climbs off her pedestal and mixes it up with lesser mortals. “Fantasy” lets her voice slither and glide around an effervescent track taken from Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love.” “One Sweet Day” (her shiver-inducing duet with Boyz II Men) and “Always Be My Baby” borrow from early R&B to create an organic yet ethereal feel. And “Melt Away” lives up to its title as Mariah delivers a molten performance. Mariah would take bolder steps in the years ahead, but the big change really started with Daydream.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
466 Ratings

466 Ratings

KaraMCFan ,

Mariah's Best and Most Unique Album

Daydream stands on its own. It was her best selling album. It is the perfect blend of ballads, pop, and a taste of the urban sounds that were to come on her next album Butterfly. This has ALWAYS been my absolute favorite Mariah album. The songs have beautiful melodies and are all very catchy. When I Saw You is in my opinion the most beautiful song she's ever sung. Melt Away and Forever are absolutely beautiful as well. Long Ago is a mid-up tempo song with a great beat. And, don't forget some of her biggest hits are on here like Fantasy which debuted on the charts at number one, or Always Be My Baby, and One Sweet Day with Boys II Men which broke records with all of its weeks atop the charts. Underneath the stars is an airy, light song about young love and butterflies in your stomache, and I Am Free is a little more gospel like. Looking In is a very personal song to Mariah about her life but one of my favorite as well. Definately her best work yet.

the russian-mexican! ,

Love the album & for the Anonymous peson....?

the album is one of her greatest ever!!! & for ur info Anonymous this was her highest selling cd of her carrer!!! this album has sold so much that it would take u years of ur job to compete with this album!!

e_07 ,

Mariah is the best!!!

Mariah is simply the best female vocalist ever! All her albums are great, but this one is my favorite. Anyone who rejects her singing needs to clean out their ears then listen to this again!

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