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
||Been off the board a few days (47,614)
by Deedre aka MiTodoChop @HBF from Canada|
I was blessed to be able to attend a Jason Mraz concert. I love him. Wow the performance of Birdland is awesome. If anyone has an mp3 of that, I would be ever so thankful for a copy. Some great videos out of Singapore, nice for MC and the fans.
(Sunday 26 October 2014; 2:38)
||Music videos (47,613)
by B from USA|
Mariah's last great video was Touch My Body. She needs to work with directors who know and understand her like Brett Ratner and Paul Hunter. Or fashion photographers, Herb did My All and David LaChapelle did Loverboy. She needs to hire a stylist. She looked amazing during her stint on Idol and during The Emancipation of Mimi era when Andre Leon Tal... read more
(Sunday 26 October 2014; 0:45)
||Where are the critics now? (47,612)
by Ty from USA|
[...] the public is, now that [...] is back in top form, doing hot intros to Thirsty, singing with dem babies and tearing the stage up. The blogs and critics aren't saying a word. Crickets never [...]. True talent [...].
(Saturday 25 October 2014; 23:52)
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