ThisisRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2014


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#9. Mariah Carey – ‘Me. I Am Mariah’

Unfortunately this has become the project that could have been. Could have been a commercial success, could have reestablished her place in pop music, could have been a shining moment in her amazing career. What is was though, was one of Mariah’s best albums musically and possibly worst set-ups and executions.

Touching on nothing more about the debauched campaign, the album itself was surprisingly great. Delivering everything fans love about Mariah: powerful ballads and catchy urban jams, lead by her stunning vocals.

Taking the subtle approach on the opener, Mimi flosses her signature airy notes on the heavy, piano laden “Cry,” which seemed like the odd choice based off the album title, but it truly does exude everything Mariah. Picking up the pace she flows into some stellar mid-tempos, including the previous Top 40 hit duet “#Beautiful” with Miguel, but the LP’s first big moment is “Make It Look Good.” The first contribution from Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox is a sweet taste of buttery soul, and then they up the ante on the following – “You Don’t Know What To Do” featuring Wale – easily one of the best records of the year.

Plenty of strong moments continue (“Money” and “Heavenly” to name two), but overall if this album’s legacy is to be a sleeper in Mariah’s legendary catalog, so be it. Hopefully fans will continue to discover it in the future. – J.W.

  1. Whatever. 9 years ago

    uhm where is Guy Sebastian? Pretty crappy top 20 tbh.

  2. Worst top 20 ever. 9 years ago

    where my man Joe at? Bridges was dope!!

  3. rd1981 9 years ago

    I liked Mariah’s album as well. I’m still shocked that not to many people got to hear it. Dave Hollister and Johnny Gill and Dave Hollister’s albums were also pretty decent.

  4. mon88 9 years ago

    D’Angelo definitely had my favorite album last year.

    Chris Brown & August Alsina had some good albums too but that’s about it. I hope Badu and Soulchild come with some heat this year.

  5. bettie 9 years ago


  6. Gremlin 9 years ago

    JMSN had the best R&B album of the year.

  7. Quezin 9 years ago

    R. Kelly had the best R&B album of 2014. #BlackPanties

  8. Kristopher Webb 9 years ago

    Glad to see Rochelle Jordan on the list. Her album was so good! Tinashe definitely deserved to be in the top 5 as well. Another great album!

  9. TUG 9 years ago

    Sorry But SexPlayList is the thing Omarion did.

  10. filip 9 years ago

    what about keyshia cole – point of no return and ashanti – braveheart?

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