At this point, everyone knows that Mariah Carey is the singer, actress, and primary auteur
behind the delayed, trouble-plagued Glitter, an '80s-based film about the rise of an ambitious
club singer who seems to resemble Madonna as much as she does Carey. Given Carey's recent
Troubles, any criticism of Glitter (either the soundtrack or the movie from whence it came)
seems like piling on, but still: As anyone who has heard its uninspired, hook-free first single,
"Loverboy", has likely already guessed, Glitter isn't exactly gold.|
Glitter is filled with the requisite stormy ballads and pop/hip-hop tracks that are Carey's stock
in trade. As has increasingly become her wont, Carey enlists rappers (here Mystikal and Busta
Rhymes, among others) to do much of the heavy lifting while she sings in the background, which
has the curious effect of giving her a supporting role on her own record.
When Carey does show up, she can't help but over-sing: "Lead the Way" is a perfect example of
the adorned, decidedly un-hip balladry that Carey does (or overdoes) best; "If We" is a great,
mid-tempo track, even if guests Nate Dogg and Ja Rule make more of an impression than she does.
Elsewhere, Carey's funky, '80s-ish re-workings of "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" and "I Didn't
Mean to Turn You On" are misguided at best.
Glitter feels strung-together and tentative, like a welded-together collection of Emotions-era
barn burners and more recent, hip-hop-heavy tracks. It's better than, say, anything Jennifer
Lopez has done lately, but anyone looking for her best work would be better served by 1997's
Butterfly, the closest Carey has ever come to a tour de force.
Many thanks to Mariah News.
|Saturday 15 September 2001
||Nick / Treat her like a lady (46,564)
by Abraham from USA|
If Nick cheated on Mariah that's messed up. Mariah is gorgeous, but the most important thing is that they had children together. That model has nothing on Mariah, I don't care if she is younger. No competition, sorry. Mariah was looking absolutely stunning around the time she shot the video for "Beautiful". Not just her body but her face. She looke... read more
(Tuesday 2 September 2014; 0:15)
||Britney For The Record (46,563)
by Shelly from United States|
Did you guys ever watch this documentary? It reminded me of Mariah and how the media seems to be against her right now. When I watched this it made me sympathize with Britney and like her. Maybe Mariah can do something like this for her comeback next year. Britney has always had a good marke... read more
(Monday 1 September 2014; 23:54)
by RockyRoc from England|
So, a few days ago I told my closest friends the truth about what I am (it pains me to even type it, I'm really ashamed by this weakness), and there was a point where I just completely broke down, each and every one of them told me that they were okay with it, but like the song says, I still felt uncertain and alone. I put "Outside" on full blast w... read more
(Monday 1 September 2014; 23:46)
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