Mariah Carey - Caution
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Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #154 / 757
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Based on 358 ratings
2018 Ratings: #208
November 16, 2018 / Release Date
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Epic / Label
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The last few years have not been without drama for the elusive chanteuse, so it’s particularly wonderful to hear her on such brilliant form.
Entertainment Weekly

Mariah does not go to the mountain; the mountain goes to Mariah. And on her 15th studio album, the breezy, pleasingly defiant Caution, she finds a freshness that’s been missing from her recent material.


A compact, Music Box-sized album, it's unelaborate in presentation and makeup, a measured and understated collection of slow and midtempo R&B ballads.


‘Caution’ puts her back in the driving seat, armed with that signature sultry Mariah sound and a ‘fuck you’ attitude.

Rolling Stone

Caution is pure hip-hop-leaning pop bliss, on par with post-Glitter and Charmbracelet comeback tour-de-force Emancipation of Mimi in how it both sublimely nods to current trends while reaffirming the singer-songwriter as a formidable pop presence.


She’ll employ of-the-moment producers to add current touches to her tracks, but the way she uses them on Caution results in her fine-tuning her aesthetic, not bending to current playlist-friendly trends; she’ll wink at her public persona during interviews, but approach her vocals on tracks like “The Distance” and “Portrait” with the same steely-eyed seriousness that fueled her meteoric rise nearly three decades ago.

Spectrum Culture
The album proves Carey’s instincts remains as sharp as ever, able to pull from and influence trends as she sees fit.
Slant Magazine

Caution feels like the album Mariah has wanted to make all along: one that literally throws caution to the wind and sees her embracing her inner weirdo.

FLOOD Magazine

While this project doesn’t compare to Carey’s standout albums ... Caution proves she is still capable of assembling a decent collection of R&B–infused pop songs almost three decades into her career.

Consequence of Sound
It is not often that an artist’s fifteenth album can capture current trends in pop and hip-hop without sacrificing the ideas and talents that made their career so successful in the first place.
Let's face it: Mariah Carey isn't the commercial powerhouse she once was. In her 90s heyday she regularly tallied gargantuan multi-platinum sales and notched #1 hit after #1 hit, while her last album, the hilariously titled "Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse" hasn't gone Gold and couldn't place a single in the Top 10 (though the sublime, Miguel-assisted "#Beautiful" came close). And let me just say, I'm not normally the type to care about sales and certs and chart ... read more
Among pop stans, Mariah is a meme queen. She's the source material for countless shady, extra, and fabulous GIFs. For instance, the GIF of her saying "I don't know her" in reference to poor Jennifer Lopez is absolutely legendary. When one wants to get their diva on, they just have to channel their inner Mimi. Even bad press can't sully her public image. It seems that mishaps only perpetuate her reputation as a loopy, butterfly-obsessed diva. This loopiness extends to her fans, the ... read more
This is Mariah's most "indie" album, which received great reviews from critics. Without hit singles or an attempt to fit to current pop world, Mariah chooses to work with artists such as Blood Orange, and produce a great R&B album - especially the second half. Beautiful lyrics, touching melodies and an amazing delivery. As you know, when an artist doesn't follow the mainstream path, the sales are not so high, therefore, it's Mariah's least commercially successful album. I'm not ... read more
Not a single christmas song on this one, what's the point Mariah?
Lyrics and content might feel basic at times but the production and vocals on this were really great and made the album for me. Really well put together tracks that feel very Mimi like A No No and The Distance with some fresh and different (for Mimi) sounds like Giving Me Life (Blood Orange and Mimi, a match made in heaven) and GTFO. The last few tracks slowed things down but the writing was pretty good so I didn't mind as much
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Track List

  1. GTFO
  2. With You
  3. Caution
  4. A No No
  5. The Distance (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
  6. Giving Me Life (feat. Slick Rick & Blood Orange)
  7. One Mo' Gen
  8. 8th Grade
  9. Stay Long Love You (feat. Gunna)
  10. Portrait
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Added on: October 15, 2018