'At a private listening party hosted by L.A. Reid, Rolling Stone recently got a chance to check out Mariah CareyÃ‚â€™s eleventh studio album, the follow-up to 2005Ã‚â€™s blockbuster The Emancipation of Mimi. Due April 15th, E=MC2
jumps from hip-hop-flavored jams like the Young Jeezy-assisted Ã‚â€œSide EffectsÃ‚â€ to bright, mega-catchy stuff like the disco Ã‚â€œThat Chick.Ã‚â€ The album also tosses in a couple of big-voiced ballads (Ã‚â€œBye Bye,Ã‚â€ a piano-based song about losing someone close to you) and beats from big-name producers like Jermaine Dupri, Will.i.am and Scott Storch. In a notable departure from earlier albums, Carey sings in a lighter, less showy voice than weÃ‚â€™re used to on a few tracks, including lead single Ã‚â€œTouch My Body.Ã‚â€ A horny jam about a Ã‚â€œsecret rendezvous,Ã‚â€ the single was co-written by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, the team that co-penned RihannaÃ‚â€™s Ã‚â€œUmbrella.Ã‚â€
Nate Ã‚â€œDanjaÃ‚â€ Hills, who produced Ã‚â€œMigrateÃ‚â€ (which features T-Pain), tells RS that on that track Carey Ã‚â€œdefinitely opens up towards the end of the song and shows what Mariah does. ItÃ‚â€™s a different array of her vocal range on this record, but she keeps it pretty mid-range and then toward the end she lets loose. She was singing in the room, and I was just blown away by how good it sounded without her even trying. ItÃ‚â€™s incredible, I see why she is who she is.Ã‚â€'