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
||Subtle Invitation (48,028)
by B from USA|
Mariah wrote that song about Derek Jeter. It's filled with references to the other songs she's written about him. Mariah needs a man like Jeter in her life, not a boy like Nick. Mariah is still the best and she's better off without Nick. He just can't keep his mouth shut. I think his loose lips are to blame for the demise of their marriage. He's so... read more
(Sunday 23 November 2014; 22:18)
||Mariah's magic (48,027)
by Jono from USA|
Hey lambily. I'm not sure why I'm writing this here, but I've always felt safe around fellow fans which is why I'm sharing this. Unfortunately right now I'm going through a bit of a heartbreak. I've been listening to a lot of Mariah, more so than usual, and it's helping so much. This is why I fell in love with Mariah, because she just knows how to ... read more
(Sunday 23 November 2014; 22:17)
||So Def Jam is Sony 2.0 and Team Mariah's going rogue? (48,026)
by Baby from Sweden|
So this Instagram post is quite the revelation. "Well if Def Jam aint gonna push any records well I guess we gotta do it on our own. [...]. We like this premise, not the no support from your label BS, but the go-getter moxy and confidence it takes to want your hard work to her recogni... read more
(Sunday 23 November 2014; 20:57)
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