She’s back and just in time for Christmas. But don’t expect any Christmas songs in this collection because Mariah Carey is serving you pure reflective RNB vibes. ‘Caution’ hears the iconic singer-songwriter returning to her RNB roots and spilling the tea in this confessional collection of seductive tracks. She keeps it short and sweet with 10 songs that explore her very public break up and the process of moving on and picking up the pieces again. Album opener and lead single ‘GTFO’ is a sassy track dedicated to an ex-lover which tells them to, well, get the fuck out of her life. It’s a playful side that we haven’t heard from Mariah in a little while and is a welcomed return compared to her predictable previous singles. The relaxed production is very reminiscent to her early 90’s material and grows on you with each listen. From there she simmers down with a simple piano and slow beat accompaniment as she croons though a ballad about heart break, confusion and love. Her vocals sound natural, beautiful and like classic Mariah without all the added affects that her recent music has incorporated. ‘8th Grade’, ‘One Mo Gen’ and ‘Giving Me life’ adds a steady RNB beat that is reminiscent to Ariana Grande’s recent material. But it’s the title track ‘Caution’ which really gives you all the seductive feels and will have you bopping away instantly. “Proceed with caution, don’t be dishonest. I need you closer to love me harder”. Adding a shiny polish, ‘The Distance’ cruises through a low tempo array of RNB beats whilst she harmonises over them with a loved up storyline that is hopeful. She details a public relationship that people continue to scrutinise and question the legitimacy of whilst proving to them that their love is real. “Said we couldn’t go the distance. Ah, Look at us, we’re going the distance. They just wanna be us, they don’t wanna see us going the distance”.
Closing the very honest album with ‘Portrait’ she gives her fans one last intimate look into her life with a vulnerable ballad that details some of her deepest thoughts about fame and heart break. It’s a fitting end to an album that could’ve been very over produced to try keep up with all the new trends but instead for her fifteenth studio album she just delivers what she does best and that is emotion. In some places this album can come across a little bland because of it’s relaxed sound but with it’s short duration she manages to keep you enlisted.