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.
I don't post a lot on here. I love to read everyone's opinions. I do mean everyone's. To the good the bad the ugly. It's what makes this board so unique. You can't have to good without the bad. To any member that is thinking about quitting, please don't. We need everyone's voice in order for this to be an open forum. Do I agree with everyone? No. D... read more (Monday 4 May 2015; 1:01)
No disrespect (52,795)
by Ardis from Earth
I want to be clear that I meant no disrespect to anyone with my "challenge" post. I was just encouraging those who usually remain quite without posting, to speak up. It's good to have a variety of opinions. The first rule should be "don't take it personally" whatever it might be. Much love to all. (Monday 4 May 2015; 0:56)
Infinity and Mariah (52,794)
by Travon...The Nostalgic of Truth from USA
Here is my take on Infinity. Is it great? No it is not. Is it bad? To me no. The song isn't what it should have been to grant appeal but some of my fellow lambs are stuck on a comeback and unfortunately this song is bad specifically for this day in age of music. It's not the 90s anymore. Mariah to me needs to let people know her talents and I feel ... read more (Monday 4 May 2015; 0:50)
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