I'm not sure this was a good idea from team Mariah. As of today, the entirety of Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse has been put up on Itunes Radio for streaming. (And as of a millisecond after that moment, I'm sure it was ripped and made available, illegally.) Still, what do I know!
My first impression of the chanteuses new album is that it sounds a lot more cohesive than the singles/teasers implied it was going to be- perhaps the point of the streaming strategy. Killer vocals are of course part and parcel of a Mariah release, but here there is definitely a noticeable push on the vocal front, with the Diva showing off aspects of her voice not previously heard- Heavenly (No Ways Tired / Can't Give Up Now) goes particularly hard with the melisma.
As for my favorites on first listen, I'll have to go with Supernatural (Monroe is too cute, and Mariah genuinely sounds blessed to have her kids) and Meteorite (because I've always wanted Mariah to give us a disco/ house "moment"). This will probably all change as I now go and abuse Apple's bandwidth. I recommend you do the same!
So, take a listen to the album, and let me know what you think!