Glitter review

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.

(CD Now)

Many thanks to Mariah News.

Saturday 15 September 2001
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I still believe In MC (46,488) by May from Denmark

I love that song so much Abraham. I played it so many times along with Sweetheart in its days. I taped the video from MTV, the whole Marilyn Monroe look and theme looked so goon on her, I used to think "wow, she must be so sophisticated" hahaha, I was young and had huge admiration for her, it was the time where her gigs were big and she always had ... read more
(Friday 29 August 2014; 10:55)
Yes Marissa, pinch of salt (46,487) by May from Denmark

I guess we all are informed with the latest, I mean, Mariah in the eye of the hurricane but sometimes it can't be helped, until Mariah comes out with an official statement people can simply opinate, obviously not taking for granted at all the gossip, it comes mostly from webzines and yellowish magazines. There is no denial that a lot is fueled from... read more
(Friday 29 August 2014; 10:50)
Andrew (46,486) by May from Denmark

So after my "brief" (not so short lol woot I made it in just 1500 characters) comment about where it might have started all becoming more about "Mariah" as in... a more obvious way (with the titles and friends names, brand names she likes, etc.) this last album, was not really meant just about her, let's all recall that her album was going to have ... read more
(Friday 29 August 2014; 10:40)
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