MTV - 7 Reasons You Have To Check Out "Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse"

It’s taken wayyyy longer than we expected to get our hands on Mariah Carey's 14th studio album. And we know we don't have to tell the Lamb Nation that the wait was worth it, but, trust us: the wait was worth it.

After the misstep of 2009's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Carey clearly took her time crafting this effort featuring assists from Fabolous, Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly among others, and, well, here's seven reasons why you should be psyched:

3. 'Cry' Me A River
Talk about starting off with a bang. Tear-jerker ballad "Cry" kicks off the album and has a rare quality for a Mariah weeper: restraint. Instead of going for the highest heights right off the bat, Carey lays back a bit in the unadorned piano ballad with a gospel touch before taking it to church.

4. Oh, Hey Nas, Didn't See You There
The Hit-Boy-produced "Dedicated," featuring old friend Nasir Jones is the kind of sitting-on-the-stoop-hangin'-with-your-friends summertime jam Mariah has needed for a long time. And, with the ODB sample that opens the track and Nas' shout-outs to everyone from Master P, Doug E. Fresh, Run-DMC, Heavy D and Slick Rick to the Fat Boys and Pee Wee Herman, this is dedicated to the old school.

5. Wale Tells Her Exactly What To Do
On "You Don't Know What To Do," the rapper yells, "You better sing it, girl!" And he's right.

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