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.
Re: TGIFU 7/26/15 (55,520) by RJJ12 from USA (55,527)
by Darren from Mariah's Shoe Closet
That performance of TGIFY is the best Mimi performance of 2015 yet, hands down. Even Jimmy Kimmel can't beat that. She hit like a ton of 5th octave belts with such clarity and resonance the Eb5s were amazing. Thanks for sharing the video. (Wednesday 29 July 2015; 14:07)
Baby from the land of milk and honey (55,526)
by Shezz from Pk
Good Lord baby seriously? It's like you're on a quest to gather enough evidence to imprison Mariah. She lips a few songs. The horror. Lets lock her up for fraud. Everybody has a right to post their thoughts and opinions but that post of yours just took the cake. (Wednesday 29 July 2015; 13:36)
Alison Carey (55,525)
by Jake from New Zealand
Did anyone see this? Sigh. (Wednesday 29 July 2015; 13:17)
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