Mariah Carey will finally release the long-lost rock album her record label hoped you’d never hear
Mariah Carey plans to release the ‘irreverent, raw and urgent’ alternative rock album she recorded in secret in 1995, according to rolling stoneafter finding the original tapes that his record company refused to release.
Working with a band called Eel Tree, later renamed Chick, the R&B/Pop superstar recorded the album, inspired by artists such as Hole, Alanis Morissette and Veruca Salt, while “officially” working on her fifth studio album, Dream. Sessions for the “secret” album were reportedly conducted after midnight, with Carey co-writing every song on the disc except for a Cheap Trick’s cover. Abandonment.
“I was exploring my musical range, but I was also filled with rage,” the singer wrote in her 2020 memoir The significance of Mariah Carey, referring to the project. “It has always been a challenge for me to recognize and express my anger. My personal life was suffocating during Dreamand I desperately needed to be released.”
“I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers that were popular at the time,” she added. “You know the ones that seemed so careless with their feelings and their image. They could be angry and anxious and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled underpants and unruly eyebrows, when every move I made was so calculated and manicured I wanted to break free, let go and express my misery – but I also wanted to laugh.
Fun fact: I made an alternative album while I was doing Daydream 👀 Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days. Here’s a bit of what I wrote about it in #TheMeaningOfMariahCarey 🤟 S/O to my friend Clarissa who starred with me as the hidden layer #Chick #TMOMC pic.twitter.com/Re23t5whcdSeptember 27, 2020
By all accounts, the laughs apparently stopped when news of the project reached Carey’s label, Sony Music, run by Carey’s husband, Tommy Mottola. Label executives emphatically informed Carey that the company would not release the album in its original form, arguing that the recordings, which Carey described as “irreverent, raw and urgent”, would damage his image.
As a compromise, Carey persuaded a friend, Clarissa Dane, to re-record her vocals on each track, burying her own vocals in the mix. The disc, titled someone’s ugly daughter, and credited to the band Chick, later received a quiet release on Epic/550 Records, with no mention of Carey’s involvement in the project. two bachelors, malibu and Insaneemerged with little fanfare, after which the album was quietly swept under the rug.
In a 2020 interview with Zane Lowe, confessed Carey. “I had a bit of a hard time making this album – the alternative album – because at the time everything was super controlled by the powers that be.”
Now, however, in a new interview conducted with rolling stoneCarey reveals that she has finally taken possession of the original mix of the album, and will release it in its original form.
For a preview of the album, discover the single Insanewith Dane on vocals.
Rolling Stone’s full interview with Carey can be heard below: