Mariah Carey is back again, this time with the third (fourth if you count “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)”) single from her 14th studio album, The Art of Letting Go, “You’re Mine (Eternal).” The Darkchild-produced slow jam is equal parts HIT and MISS. HIT: The song is classic Mariah with a couple modern twists (a hard-hitting beat, vocoder effects on the background vocals, etc.). It’s also really catchy. MISS: It kind of feels like Mariah’s trying to recreate “We Belong Together,” and honestly, “You’re Mine (Eternal)” doesn’t hold a candle to the heart-wrenching emotion and altogether hypnotizing nature of the aforementioned Billboard Song of the Decade for the 2000s. When it’s all said and done, I think I prefer “#Beautiful.” Continue reading
After releasing the exceedingly dreary ballad, “The Art of Letting Go” back in November (which was essentially radio poison), it seems that Mariah Carey has learned from her mistake and is going to attempt to win back the airwaves with the next offering from her upcoming 14th studio album. If Erik Bradley is to be believed (he works for Chicago radio station B96), Mariah’s next single, due in February, is “EXTREMELY RADIO FRIENDLY!” That’s music to my ears! The caps lock means that he’s sincere! We don’t have any concrete details about the track yet, but some fans (or Lambs, as Mariah lovers are affectionately known) are speculating that a couple of beats posted to Instagram by longtime Mimi collaborator Jermaine Dupri recently could be for her new project!
“Go to ‘Mimi’ on your contacts – press delete.”
Oh, Mariah. Oh, woof. Mariah Carey went ahead and dropped the title track from her long-awaited 14th studio album, “The Art of Letting Go,” this afternoon, and it’s a limp, meandering break-up song filled to the brim with silly vocab words like, “dominion” and “reverberating,” and awkward, unimaginative phrases like, “Letting go ain’t easy, it’s just exceedingly hurtful.” Even Mariah’s characteristically strong vocals can’t save this dated, empty ballad. How did we manage to go from “#Beautiful” to this? Continue reading
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!