If there’s a career for modern day singers to aspire to, it’s Mariah Carey’s. #1 to Infinity is the epitome of musical success, a 19-track collection of the superstar’s record-holding number of chart-toppers (18), finished off with the addition of fresh new track, ‘Infinity‘; the inspiration behind the collection’s title.
As the tracks are listed chronologically, the record debuts with Mariah’s first ever release, and first ever number one, ‘Vision of Love‘. The song is tinged with 80s gospel, making a stark contrast to the sound she has come to explore today. Of course she throws runs and whistle-notes left, right and centre – also reoccurring in the following tracks, ‘Love Takes Time‘ and ‘Emotion‘. The latter is one of Carey’s most iconic in displaying her signature upper register.
You are then submerged into a plethora of throwbacks including the uplifting pop perfection that is ‘Dreamlover‘ and later, ‘Always Be My Baby‘ – the true embodiment of nineties music. Of course no glimpse into the nineties is complete without a powerhouse duet. Whilst ‘Endless Love‘, a gooey duet with Luther Vandross stands out with its dreamlike vocals, it’s the power ballad ‘One Sweet Day‘ that takes centre stage. Put Boyz II Men’s smooth vocals with Mariah’s powerful pipes and the rest is history, literally.
As the collection progresses, so does Mariah’s venture in R&B. ‘Honey‘ particularly kicks this off. The singer takes a more relaxed approach, letting her falsetto carry the track along, just as she does over ten years later in ‘Touch My Body‘ and new track, ‘Infinity’, a breezy mid-tempo track that finishes with the whistle-note to end all whistle-notes.
On listening to the tracks consecutively, not only are you swept in to a whirlwind of emotion, you’re also taken on a ride of nostalgia. You realise the impact Mariah has truly had over the decades, and not just because she’s been covered a countless amount of times on The X Factor. It’s clear to see that Mariah Carey has certainly made a formidable impression in music, and it goes without saying that her legacy will forever last, to infinity and beyond – and in no way does that mean she’s stopping anytime soon!