Mariah Carey’s secret alt-rock album may see the light of day

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey
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Despite being synonymous with the literal spirit of christmas today Mariah Carey didn’t always stay the pop princess, radio friendly Class. If you’re thinking, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” this might be the perfect time: It looks like after nearly 30 years, Carey will be bringing to the public one of her most subversive works, a project her label was deliberately trying to to bury. In a new interview with rolling stoneCarey reveals that she has found a version of the mythical 1995 alt-rock album that she thought was lost, and that she has plans to release it to the public.

“We’re really talking,” Carey says of the unearthed version of Someone’s ugly daughter. In 1995, after Columbia Records buried Carey’s involvement in the project, the album was released featuring overlapping vocals from Carey’s friend Clarissa Dane, using the band name Chick. However, the original demos were all sung by Carey, in a style she describes as “a girls’ Green Day group moment.”

“This was my outlet and nobody knew about it,” Carey told interviewer Brian Hiatt. “I really wanted to release the record back then… and have them find out it was me, but that idea was crushed.”

While Carey is steadfast in her belief that the album “will be heard”, she is also open to some collaboration. Carey hints in the same interview that she’s also working on a revamped version of the project with another artist — either way, she wants fans to hear it. After all, this is a quest that Carey has been publicly undertaking since 2021 shared a clip from her memoir about the recording process for Someone’s ugly daughter, which took place in accordance with her sessions for To dream.

“I played with the style of the light grunge, punk light white singers that were popular at the time. You know the ones who seemed so carefree with their feelings and their image,” Carey wrote. “They could be angry, anxious and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled slips and unruly eyebrows, while every move I made was so calculated and cared for. I wanted to loosen up, let go and express my misery, but I also wanted to laugh.”

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