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
||This era needs this songs (42,688)
by QueenMc from Usa, California|
I feel like this is the right era to release this song. I hope she release this on new album.
(Thursday 17 April 2014; 19:24)
||Album not yet done, for real? (42,687)
by Ryan from the Philippines|
Now, I don't understand what they are trying to show the people and the fans. They've been working really hard on this old but new project since 2010, pushed back a couple of times until finally (I hope it's the last) settled for a 5/6 release. Yet now the release date is just around the corner, MC and JD are still posting photos of them and others... read more
(Thursday 17 April 2014; 19:22)
||Mariah is and Mariah isn't (42,686)
by nikki from usa|
I've collected MC pics, interviews, and magazines since the 90's about her, the industry, and her coworkers. I think people assume everything Mariah does is her own choice, but often times it isn't. When it comes to music: MC's released songs as B sides in the past because she wanted them on the album, but the label didn't. Songs MC wanted to relea... read more
(Thursday 17 April 2014; 19:02)
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