Finally, FINALLY Mariah has released a comeback single worthy of an actual comeback. Is it the song I wanted? No, not exactly, but it’s still pretty damn good.
“#Beautiful” (the hashtag 😦 ) is a feel-good, retro jam that kind of sounds like “My Girl” mixed with Mariah’s “Dreamlover.” It’s light and understated – Mariah’s legendary vocals aren’t given much of a workout (although there is some quiet whistling near the end of the song if you listen closely). The problem with “#Beautiful” is that it sounds a lot more like a Miguel song than a Mariah Carey song. Hell, Miguel sings the first verse and the first chorus almost entirely by himself. Hearing it on the radio for the first time, you’d have no idea that it’s Mariah’s track.
It’s a familiar problem – Mariah sounded like the featured artist on her last “comeback” single “Triumphant” as well. I understand why she’s doing it – she’s been away for a while and she wants to reintroduce herself to radio in the safest way possible. In that respect, snagging Miguel, one of the most critically acclaimed artists of last year, was a really smart move. Still, couldn’t she have at least sung the first verse? Mariah may not have hopped on the dance-pop bandwagon, but it feels like she’s relying a little too heavily on Miguel’s signature sound this time around. But don’t get me wrong, I do LOVE the song.
According to the official press release, “#Beautiful” is the lead single from Mariah’s still untitled new album, due for release this summer. The album will feature collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Hit Boy, Mike Will, The-Dream, and Darkchild.
Check out “#Beautiful” via YouTube below or via Mariah’s official Soundcloud! The song is available on iTunes now. Get downloading – Mariah needs a hit and this song deserves it!