Mariah Carey chronology
Singles from Mariah Carey
"Vision of Love" Released: May 15, 1990
"Love Takes Time" Released: September 9, 1990
"Someday" Released: December 21, 1990
"I Don't Wanna Cry" Released: April 25, 1991
"There's Got to Be a Way" Released: May 6, 1991
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Mariah Carey Album received generally positive reviews from music critics. Bill Lamb from About.com commended Mariah Carey's five-octave vocal range, calling it "a new treat to pop music." Additionally, he outed "Vision of Love" as one of Mariah Carey's best songs," and aside from what he described as "a few weak songs" he felt Mariah Carey was "a powerful debut album." Finishing his review for Mariah Carey Album, Lamb wrote "It is simply one of the most stunning debut releases ever by a pop recording artist." Ashley S. Battel from Allmusic called Mariah Carey Album "extremely impressive" and described the songs as "smooth-sounding ballads and uplifting dance/R&B cuts." Battel concluded her review with "With this collection of songs acting as a springboard for future successes, Mariah Carey establishes a strong standard of comparison for other breakthrough artists of this genre." Many critics expressed how Mariah Carey was one of the most impressive debuts of the year, praising its songs, lyrics and Mariah Carey's voice and songwriting.
Billboard gave Mariah Carey Album a very positive review calling it an "impressive debut," and writing "Mariah Carey convincingly seizes many opportunities to display her incredible vocal range on such memorable tracks as the popular 'Vision of Love.'" Rolling Stone gave Mariah Carey Album praise writing "Mariah Carey debuted with an album of uplifting dance pop and R&B ballads, each song's composition co-credited to Mariah Carey and each providing an opportunity to unleash her wide vocal range." American critic Robert Christgau gave Mariah Carey Album a mixed review, writing, "She gets too political in her brave, young, idealistic attack on 'war, destitution and sorrow': 'Couldn't we accept each other/Can't we make ourselves aware.' Elsewhere she sticks to what she doesn't know—love.' While reviewing Mariah Carey Album positively, Bill Lamb expressed how some of Mariah Carey Albums tracks were noticeably weak, writing "a few weak songs pull down the overall album." Lamb's other concern was Mariah Carey Albums "somewhat formulaic mix of uptempo tracks and ballads," which he felt caused Mariah Carey Album to lose some of its authenticity.
Mariah Carey was nominated for the 1991 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while "Vision of Love" received nominations in the categories of Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Mariah Carey won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and also received the award for Best New Artist.