Of course, part of Emancipation's appeal is contextual; true Mariah peers such as Whitney Houston have disappeared, replaced by a manufactured rivalry with J-Lo and lip-synching teens. Yet these songs seldom try too hard to make her case (the grating bling of "Get Your Number" is an exception) and are sometimes lovely, new Philly soul gems -- "I Wish You Knew" and "Stay the Night" being the best of a solid lot. Forget the alleged revelations: What will you learn about Mariah from brokenhearted tunes like "One and Only"? Less than what the music itself will tell you: Mimi is free of the unfortunate, partly unfair stigma of Glitter, at last.
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