The Bottom Line
- Proof that vocal acrobatics aren't necessary for hits by Mariah Carey
- Another good collection of dance music and ballads
- The uplifting lyrics of 'Hero'
- Diminished energy level
- A bit formulaic
- Mariah Carey in a mellow mood.
- Good songwriting and song choice.
- Misses some of what makes Mariah unique.
Guide Review - Mariah Carey 'Music Box'
The hit song "Hero" is a good representative of the overall album. It's uplifting lyrics are among Mariah's best, but the performance seems like a bit of a Whitney Houston retread. "Dream Lover" is somewhat pale by comparison with previous hits "Someday" and "Emotions."
If you wish to hear Mariah Carey in a more mellow mood, this is a good album. The songwriting is generally high quality, and Nilsson's "Without You" is a good choice for a cover. However, you may find yourself wishing for more high notes and trademark trilling in the upper register.