The new issue of Rolling Stone magazine (October 2009) lists the best upcoming fall albums, and Mariah's Memoirs of an imperfect Angel
, released September 29, 2009 is one of them.
Carey kicks off her 12th album with a dark revenge fantasy: "You gon' get what you deserve, you fucking jerk," she sings on "Betcha Gon' Know." A few tracks later, she's "Inseparable" from her true love. "Each song is like an entry in a private diary," Carey says. The-Dream and Tricky Stewart provide the subtle production, and Seventires R&B singer Minnie Riperton provided Carey's inspiration: "For 'H.A.T.E.U.,' I sing in my upper register," she says, likening it to Riperton's "Lovin' You." As for the title: "Nobody's perfect except God," she says. "I tried to be a good person, but I am definitely no angel!" -- Caryn Ganz.