Album Review: Mariah Carey Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse

First things first, I would like to welcome a founding member of Luscious Judy back to the blog!! When it comes to music and pop culture, Noel is THE GURU. For almost 10 years now, I have relied on him to supply me (and our friend-family) with the hits, before the radio gets ’em, before they’re played out. He knows which celebrity rumors are true/false and that Beyoncé is in fact, a member of the Illuminati. A lover of booty poppin, this B has an affinity for belting out R&B hits in his car (RIP EXPLORER) while also saving room on the mix CD for Reba McIntyre and Rilo Kiley. Eclectic does not even begin to describe his taste in music. WELCOME BACK, BISH. (Find him on twitter, @KettleCooked)

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Album Review: Mariah Carey Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse

We’ve been waiting for Mariah to make her return and give us the soundtrack to life. Me. I Am Mariah is a good album that, like the best albums do,  gets better with repeat listens.  Songs I was on the fence about evolve into favorites.  It’s a more subtle M.C. then we’ve heard lately(subway gowns and all) and truly balances old and new Mariah in a way that should please every Lamb. By not joining forces with today’s hot act, but choosing features that come with a reminiscent feel built in, she comes off confident not desperate. She’s whispering nostalgia while staying relevant. Pretty impressive for a pretty and impressive artist on her 14th studio album. ‘ The Elusive Chanteuse’ has shades of Carole King and samples from Wu-Tang Clan, yet it comes off authentic and effortless. The album is incredibly cohesive given the amount of producers, 12 total, and that is to Carey’s credit behind the scenes and as a performer. Music is Mariah’s science and she is the Einstein of her peers.

Luscious Tracks:

Cry – Emotional, piano led ballad that builds beautifully and let’s Mariah show us her range and control.

Faded – My choice for single. Mariah reflects on a past lover, over a Mike WiLL Made It beat that knocks and sways throughout. The kind of song  that liquor and reminiscing makes perfect. You end up drunk(faded) and singing the shit out of every lyric.  The last minute of the song is my favorite moment on the album.

Make it Look Good –  The kind of song that sounds like summer. I love songs about having a crush and Mariah captures the jubilation. The song has  interpolations of “Let Me Make Love to You” made famous by The O’Jays and featuresStevie Wonder going solo on the harmonica. The best song on the album, just blissful, luscious fun. Should be the biggest hit on the album.

Meteorite – Produced by Q-tip and Mariah. The disco beat lifts off and Mariah takes flight. The kind of song you put on when you’re getting ready to go out.

Money ($*/…) –  Hit-Boy produced slow bumper about the fact that money means nothing if you don’t have your boo.

GradeA

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(www.mariahcarey.com)

New Moon Judy

Happy May 1st!!! I cannot believe we are already five months into this year. The first of May is always significant for me. You see, my  birthday is on April 29th and I always set goals for myself for *my* new year. Since, April 30th is typically a recovery day, my fresh start always begins on May 1st. So far, 2014 has turned out to be fantastic. I got married on 2-8 and think that’s pretty cool, since I just turned 28. In addition, there was a Solar Eclipse / New Moon in Taurus that fell on my birthday. You know I love my numbers and my new age !! I have been looking forward to this cosmic shift and have been excited for some new things to pop off.

I already started my day with a Hot Vinyasa class. My girlfriends and I are doing a yoga challenge which consists of practicing 21 hot yoga classes in 31 days. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. I picked up hot yoga when I began my fitness journey last year to prepare for my wedding. I’m not ashamed to say that I was a bride with a serious mission to look damn good in my wedding gown. I set fitness goals for myself and achieved them.  The wedding is over and done with but I am dedicated to staying fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So what if my vanity pushed me to becoming a healthier person, mentally and physically. /endminirant  Also, a yoga challenge is going to be the perfect way to head into the Summer!

New Moon Yoga goal: to do a headstand

My BFF and skin care guru, Lauren came from the Pacific Northwest to visit last week. I’m so thankful that she has the knowledge to tell me how to protect my skin from aging! Everyone needs a skincare personal shopper, PS. I knew that I was a geezer when I got so excited about all of the anti-aging products that she gifted me !

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1. BENEFIT Peek-a-bright eyes Illuminating Kit 

(Not quite anti-aging, but this kit can help me look bright eyed & bushy tailed.)

2. BOSCIA Pore Purifying Black Strips

( Is there anything more satisfying than rippin’ out blackheads?)

3. OLE HENRIKSEN Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster

(Vitamin C helps to brighten and minimize fine lines.)

4. ALGENIST Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel

(This microderm abrasion peel improves skin texture and tone, keeping the skin smooth)

5. GLOW BY DR. BRANDT Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream

(They had me  at “diffuses light to soften the look of lines & wrinkles.” Super nourishing!)

6. BENEFIT The POREfessional

(A priming balm that minimizes the appearance of pores AND fine lines. Makes my face feel silky under makeup)

7. OLE HENRIKSEN Ultimate Life Firming Serum

(Tightens the skin as well as locks in hydration)

New Moon Skincare goal: Minimize forehead wrinkles

 

My parents were so kind to gift me a Bath & Body Works basket full of goodies from their Hawaii line. There were years when I got a boujie lotion/body spray set for every freakin’ occasion. I haven’t gotten one in awhile and I was excited to re-up on lotion/body spray/hand sanitizer. Sometimes it’s necessary to smell like a coconut sunset.

New Moon Bodycare goal: Moisturize more!!

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Enjoy the rest of your month!! Lots of fun posts coming up. Don’t forget your SPF and your sunnies in this beautiful weather!!

 

gimme more

i opened this week’s People and stopped on this picture of britney lookin sexy mama status. her legs are on my radar. keep it up britney. i love you being a mama right now. take some time(s) and give me jams in 2011.

blonde hair with black roots hasn't looked this good since 'romy'

RE: eat pray love on me

related to an earlier post by my fellow judy…

i was flipping through last week’s people, when i stumbled upon davey boy, the younger brother of james franco. mmmm mmm good, both of the franco brother’s can love on me… eat off me… and pray for more. right now, i’m under the weather and campbell’s is about all this mouth can feed. but, once i’m back on the streets, i’ve got a ski trip planned for these two luscious babes. (see Urban Dictionary.com, definition #3)

brows for days



bamboo



[xxxo papi]

hagsville

can we talk about what courtney wore today? first of all, since when has anyone ever referred to cuckoo love as CLC (courtney love cobain) or CLO (i’m pretty sure that name already belongs to a rapper and a dice game)? apparently, the blog is supposed to counteract all of the bad photos of her that are on the internet. this explains why there are 24 pages of photos and the blog has only been up for about 10 days. look, i get it, there are actually people out there that love this woman. but they might be delusional ….page 8 of WCWT claims that CLC originated the asymmetrical bob phase that was popularized by judy goddess, victoria beckham. (she wishes) and on pages 12/13 there are highly defensive posts about how CLC isn’t actually an author of the blog and blasting readers for giving her shit about her spelling….(but seriously, labotin instead of louboutin….need i say more?)

look, i’m PMSing. i know i’m being bitchy but this is my issue: you can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig and you can put couture on a hag and she’s still a hot trailer park mess. malibu is totally a great song and i will sing doll parts anytime for karaoke but when did this bitch get promoted from oxy-whore to balenciaga snob? i don’t get it. who allowed this to happen? is everyone else delusional too?

look CLC, money can buy you lots of pills, but it cant buy you class! sorry madonna got the louis ad first.