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Music Box is the third studio album by American singer Mariah Carey. The album comprises ballads primarily co-written by Carey and Walter Afanasieffwith whom she had previously worked on Emotions Lhomme Et Lenfant - Various - Les Plus Belles Chansons Françaises Les Années 50, and a few urban dance tracks. During this Without You - Mariah Carey - Music Box frame, she experimented with different musical instruments, leading the album's sound away from her more contemporary previous two efforts.
In order to successfully take the album in a new direction, Carey and Afanasieff sought out new and innovative producers, as well as some from Carey's previous releases. Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds first began working with Carey on Music Boxwhere he helped produce some of the album's softer and more melodious tracks, as well as being part of the songwriting process. While the album featured a range of music producers, the bulk of the songwriting was done by Carey and her writing partner, Walter Afanasieff.
In future projects, they would continue writing material for Carey's albums, until her release Rainbowwhere he is absent from the writing credits. Four singles were released from the album. The first three, " Dreamlover ", " Hero " and " Without You ", became worldwide chart-topping singles, the latter becoming Carey's highest charting international single of her career. After its release, Music Box received generally mixed reviews from music critics.
The album faced criticism regarding Carey's more mellow and Spaghetti Junction - OutKast - Stankonia tone in comparison to her previous work. Music Box remains Carey's highest seller with 28 million copies sold worldwide and is one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Carey's self-titled debut studio albumreleased the following year, focused on re-recording and mastering several songs she had already written in high school alongside classmate, Ben Margulies. With Carey in the captain's chair, having more control than she Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Ippodromo Delle Capannelle, Rome 2013 on any other album, she took the album in a new direction, alongside Afanasieff.
Another writer—producer that worked on the album was David Hallwho with Carey wrote the U. During the album's recording, Carey worked with several different musicians and producers, aside from Walter Afanasieffthe only hold over from her debut.
The album, while praised by some as more mature and raw, failed to reach the critical or commercial heights of her debut effort, while selling far less and failed to introduce Carey into a different market. One of the noticeable Without You - Mariah Carey - Music Box from Music Box and Carey's previous albums is its sound. The album was described by Afanasieff as a softer and more pop-oriented album, "filling the songs with air", and allowing far more space in the overall sound.
According to Marc Shapiro, Music Box reflects signs of Carey's vocal maturity, as well as representing Without You - Mariah Carey - Music Box album she was truly proud of. Critics believed the song's chart performance was due to its summer release, as people were still looking ケンチャナ ～大丈夫～ - 前田有紀* - 前田有紀 全曲集 〜ケンチャナ〜 a "not-too-heavy" and more diverse sound.
As with most of the songs on Music Boxthe lyrics boast a positive message, and it is the only song on the album to feature traces of gospel-inspired vocals throughout the chorus. The album's title track, "Music Box", is another ballad Carey wrote with Afanasieff. To promote the album, Carey embarked on her first headlining concert tour, the Music Box Tour.
Due to stage fright, Carey had not toured to promote her previous albums and did not originally plan a tour to support Music Box. When tickets went on sale, the concerts did not sell out instantly but sold at a healthy pace. Approximately two-thirds of the venue's capacity was filled, which worried Carey's management.
However, Push - Various - Mr Music No 5 1989 did not seem to mind and began the show with high spirits. Aside from touring for the first time in her career, Carey visited various American and European television programs, performing different singles from the album.
Carey continued promoting the album inperforming " Without You " on a fifth visit to Top of the Popsas well as visiting France, Germany, Japan, Spain and Sweden. In the midst of the Music Box Tour, Carey had already begun working with Walter Afanasieff on her holiday album Merry Christmaswhich was to be released during the Christmas season of Music critics praised the song, calling it her most directly inspirational song since " Make It Happen ". It became one of the "fifty most-played songs of the year" and even outsold Harry Nilsson 's version, receiving many awards and recognition.
Music Box received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found the performances uninvolved and devoid of substantial songwriting. Instead, he wrote in Entertainment Weeklyshe "drips over them like syrup instead of overpowering them; she lets the melodies speak for themselves. He accused Music Box of being geared toward an adult contemporary audience that "likes its soul whitewashed and in small doses". In a retrospective review for AllMusicRon Wynn deemed Music Box "partly successful" and believed it was smart of Carey to explore her vocal approach differently, but she ended up sounding "detached on several selections".
With the Without You - Mariah Carey - Music Box "Hero" and "Dreamlover", the other songs lacked her usual "personality and intensity", according to Wynn. Music Box entered the US Billboard at number two, withcopies sold. It stayed at the top for eight non-consecutive weeks. In Germany, it became her highest-charting album, spending eighty weeks on the German Albums Charteleven of which were spent at number one.
Germany's sales of the album were also very impressive, with a certification of double-Platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry IFPIfor shipments of one million copies.
It became a million-selling album in France, receiving a Diamond certification and topping the French Album Charts. Sales in France have been estimated at 1, In Australia, the album spent 18 non-consecutive weeks at number one, and was certified times Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association ARIAdenoting shipments ofcopies.
All lyrics are Without You - Mariah Carey - Music Box by Mariah Careyexcept where noted. Credits adapted from Music Box album liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mariah Carey. Their version of 'Dreamlover' was missing a lot of stuff. The spirit of the song was up but it wasn't hitting hard enough. I actually think my natural voice is low.
My speaking voice is low, you know what I mean? And I'm really comfortable singing in my lower register Whatever the music makes me feel at the time, I go into the studio to sing a song, that's what it's going to do. Some people like it, some people don't. But it's just a part of my voice and that's it. Carey Dave Hall. Carey Walter Afanasieff Hall. Carey Babyface. Carey Babyface Daryl Simmons. Pete Ham Tom Evans. Musicians Mariah Carey — lead vocals, background vocals Walter Afanasieff — keyboards, additional keyboards, synthesizers Dave Hall — synthesizers, keyboards, rhythm programming David Cole — keyboards Babyface — keyboards, Feel Alright - New Trends - Gimme Everything, background vocals Ren Klyce — Akai and Roland programming Gary Cirimelli — MacIntosh and synthesizer programming Ricky Crespo — programming Shawn Lucas — programming James T.
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