Purchased because the lead single, Vision of Love, was so strong and it was love at first listen. That song sounds as good today as it did 27 years ago. It's still the best song of Mariah's career IMO. As far as the rest of the album, I don't remember much about it, so I probably just listened to the first track over and over. Maybe today's listen will job my memory.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (11 consecutive weeks, March 2 - May 11, 1991)
Peak on Billboard's R&B albums chart: #3
Tracks: OK so now I remember the other singles. In addition to Vision Of Love, there's I Don't Wanna Cry, Someday, and Loves Take Time. All were #1. The rest is decent filler in the vein of Whitney Houston, Taylor Dayne, and/or Michael Bolton. And like those, the real star here is vocal talent, not material. I have to admit remembering and enjoying this more than I thought I would. Nonetheless, I'm going to go back and listen to Vision Of Love a few more times before putting this back on the shelf.
Billboard knew what was going on:
|Billboard, June 9, 1990, p. 78A|
For those keeping score at home,
June 9, 1990 was my 24th birthday.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Reminds of the year I spent working and living in the Carrollton - Farmers Branch area just NNW of Dallas as my wife attended graduate school. Other albums that remind me of that year:
- Billy Joel - Storm Front
- They Might Be Giants - Flood
- Squeeze - Frank
- Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
- Quincy Jones - Back On the Block
- The B-52's - Cosmic Thing
- Harry Connick, Jr. - 20
- Handel - Messiah
- Wynton Marsalis - Crescent City Christmas Card
This CD should have appeared on "MY WIFE BOUGHT WHAT?!?" FORTNIGHT* (JULY 1-14, 2016). Oops.
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