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 Cannon on his marriage (3 weeks ago) (45,684)
by Jamie from UK|
Just listen to the first 40 seconds. The marriage is likely on the rocks but I don't think they're breaking up. In response to the question below, I was surprised that she got married so quickly after meeting him. But I wa... read more
(Wednesday 30 July 2014; 12:41)
||Question for you all (45,683)
by Marissa from USA|
What were your initial reactions when you found out that Nick and Mariah were married? I was in shock, but their relationship grew on me.
(Wednesday 30 July 2014; 4:20)
||MC and Nick (45,682)
by Marissa from USA|
I really hope MC and Nick aren't going their separate ways but there's pretty much nothing concrete that would make me believe otherwise. I think we need to be mindful that it typically takes two people to make a marriage fall apart. We can't just put every single marital issue on Nick because we're fans of Mariah. Something major must have happene... read more
(Wednesday 30 July 2014; 4:11)
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