“Mariah Carey certainly knows how to construct an album. Positioning herself directly between urban R&B with tracks like Fantasy, and adult contemporary with songs like One Sweet Day, a duet with Boyz II Men, Carey appeals to both audiences equally because of the sheer amount of craft and hard work she puts into her albums” (Erlewine).
“‘Fantasy’ provides the only real transcendent chapter on this album. Reinterpreting Tom Tom Club’s ‘Genius of Love’ with a percolating dance beat, the single emphasizes everything that makes Mariah Carey great. Her voice swoops, squeals, and careens over the seductive rhythm, while the words capture just the right amount of vulnerability and determination” (Vaziri).
“Daydream is her best record to date, featuring a consistently strong selection of songs and a remarkably impassioned performance by Carey” (Erlewine). She can fall “back into typical adult-contemporary schlock and pointless vocal gymnastics, particularly on Melt Away and the bombastic cover of Journey’s Open Arms” (Vaziri), “but Daydream demonstrates that Carey continues to perfect her craft and that she has earned her status as an R&B/pop diva” (Erlewine).