Carey’s always been able to create hyper-contemporary reflections of whatever styles happen to be in vogue, while never straying too far from shiny and gooey pop balladry and hip-hop-tinged R&B. Her latest proves she’s still a relevant presence.
Opener Migrate (with T-Pain) attests to this flexibility, all Southern crunk with Carey doing her best chilled-out R. Kelly, while Side Effects with Young Jeezy has “second single” written all over it. Elsewhere, Carey succeeds when she allows her breathy voice a break from rhythmic gymnastics on songs like For The Record and Last Kiss. There is some insubstantial filler here, but more often than not, E = MC2 hits the mark.