D-Money: So what do we think of Me. I Am Mariah...And This Is a Long-Ass Album?
Butta: All shade considered, I really, really like it. I think that she has a number of awesome songs on here, a handful of safe but solid ones and only a few clunkers.
D-Money: I was pleasantly surprised for the most part. The horrible singles had me worried for a minute. Though it kinda ended on a whimper, it was still far more enjoyable than her last outing.
Butta: Yes, both the regular and deluxe versions ended on a yawn, but the hot tracks from this album far outweigh the cold ones.
D-Money: Too bad that album sales are tanking. She might not be the Mariah of yesteryear, but this one proves that she can still bring it when she wants.
Butta: It’s truly unfortunate that one of her better albums post-Emancipation of Mimi is going to be considered a fail when the album itself is anything but. The rollout of this album -- from the singles to the music videos to the “live” performances to even her ill-fated stint on American Idol -- is to blame. In retrospect, she would have been better off pulling a Beyoncé and releasing it on the surprise tip and getting those first week sales. Maybe. Who knows? My brain hurts thinking about it.
D-Money: Man, mismanagement on all levels. I can only hope that they’re rushing “You Don’t Know What to Do” to radio as we speak. I think it might be the album’s only commercial saving grace...
...that and changing that damn title. There’s still time, Mariah!