Mariah Carey Secretly Wrote An Alt-Rock Album In The 90s

Is there any genre she can't master?

9/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

Is there any genre she can't master?

Is there any genre she can't master?

Daydreamin a tweet. "Just for laughs, but it got me through some dark days. Here's a little of what I wrote about it in #TheMeaningOfMariahCarey. S/O to my friend Clarissa who performs the lead w/ [vocals by] me as a hidden layer."The accompany tweet features a moving illustration of the book excerpt while a snippet from "Hermit" (the ninth song out of 11 on

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Someone's Ugly Daughter) plays over it. Reading Carey's words about what drew her to this style of music — its associations with unbridled freedom and carefree reverie, primarily — it's clear that the singer was probably a secret fan of unapologetic women like Hole's Courtney Love and Garbage's Shirley Manson, and was frustrated that she couldn't let loose like they could, given her race and chosen career path.

Luckily, she could live vicariously through the women of Chick. And weren't they lucky to have her?Read the excerpt fromThe Meaning of Mariah Careyhere:"I'd bring my little alt-rock song to the band and hum a silly guitar riff. They would pick it up and we would record it immediately. It was irreverent, raw, and urgent, and the band got into it. I actually started to love some of the songs. I would fully commit to my character. I was playing with the style of the breezy-grunge, punk-light white female singers who were popular at the time. You know the ones who seemed to be so carefree with their feelings and their image. They could be angry, angsty, and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled slips, and unruly eyebrows, while every move I made was so calculated and manicured. I wanted to break free, let loose, and express my misery — but I also wanted to laugh. I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after

DaydreamAnd check out Mariah Carey's tweet to hear a snippet of Chick's "Hermit" below. Read more: NYLON »

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