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Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (Bonus Tracks)

Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel by Mariah Carey
Released: Sep 2009
Label: Island Records
We've never been more ready for a remix than for the dance versions of "Obsessed" at the end of Imperfect Angel. Coated in slow booty snaps and that vintagey, sex-kitten-at-the-candy-shop vibe Mariah loves, Angel is a breathless, cotton-candy come-hither invite to join her as she reclines in her boudoir and languidly stretches for the occasional high note. It's sexy and exquisitely steeped in contemporary R&B, but after 16 tracks, the boudoir starts to induce bedsores. And then -- then -- comes the big, passionate, gospel-choir-infused cover of "I Want to Know What Love Is," and we remember why we were so hot for Mariah to begin with.
Rachel Devitt