Single review: Mariah Carey's "Bye Bye"

Leave it to Mariah Carey to release the two weakest songs from her otherwise solid Energy Equals Mass Times the Velocity of Light Squared as the first two singles from the album. A sequel to "One Sweet Day" by way of every track produced by Stargate in the last 24 months, "Bye Bye" is the most treacly, cloying ballad the singer has recorded in years, a reluctant ode ("We will never say bye," she sings - and then proceeds to say it - incessantly) to the faithful departed.
If there were a popular boy band around, she would have brought them on board for some extra crossover insurance. (Hey, it's not too late for a remix featuring GLOWB - or better yet, NKOTB!) When every single creative decision is made to boost your stock, you're no longer an artist, you're a glorified commodity, and it's telling that of all the things Mariah wishes she could share with her late, long-estranged father, seeing her "back at #1" tops the list.
With a hook that consists solely of the song title repeated ad nauseam, "Bye Bye" exemplifies the worst aspect of the songwriting on the album: The usually eloquent Mariah panders to the demographic she's been courting since O.D.B. astutely equated her with a pacifier on the "Fantasy" remix by dumbing down her lyrics, referring to her "peoples" and reminiscing about "them times".
If possible, Mariah has made a music video even more affected and sentimental than the song itself. Intercut with pictures of lost loved ones (including pets), gratuitous shots of Mimi showing off her newly svelte bod (because even though she's sad, the strip-show must go on!), and an inexplicable storyline featuring her new husband, Nick Cannon, that will supposedly be continued in her next video are scenes of Mariah writing song lyrics in her notepad (which, if Glitter and the upcoming Tennessee are any indication, is apparently a script requirement for Mariah) that doesn't so much legitimize her as a songwriter in the viewers' eyes as it makes her look as if she has a compulsion for journaling. Not to mention looking off into the distance as she ostensibly composes music in her head. And wiping a nonexistent tear from her miraculously unstained face.

(Slant Magazine)

Saturday 17 May 2008
share on facebook share on twitter rss feed
Andrew (47,726) by LC from USA

I agree with your post on Mariah not being able to let go of certain lip synced parts of her songs. Like, the first parts of the choruses of My All. Those parts are really easy for her to sing, as shown by her hitting the exact notes in later performances. Also, in Hero, when she's singing the long note in "the way", it's completely unnecessary bec... read more
(Saturday 1 November 2014; 1:06)
Andrew / Tommy and his posse (47,725) by Edward from USA

Andrew, I read Tommy's "Hitmaker: The Man And His Music" to have a better understanding about the development of Mariah's career and what went on between them. Even though the book is not centered on Mariah, it gives a good insight about the situation. It was interesting to find out what her reaction was to losing to all her Grammy nominations back... read more
(Saturday 1 November 2014; 0:15)
New annual Christmas shows in New York / sponsored by Coca Cola (47,724) by Saint from UK

Damn I wish I was a New Yorker right now. The first annual set of Christmas shows in December are going to be amazing. Remember the Merry Christmas II You TV special? I think it's amazing that Mariah will be allowing fans to see her during her favorite time of year. Every year during a time when AIWFCIY goes to #1 every year and she's in the forefr... read more
(Friday 31 October 2014; 22:40)
Do you want to share your thoughts and ideas with other Mariah Carey fans. Are you looking for a special item for your collection? Or do you just want to talk about Mariah? You can do it all on the messageboard.

© The Mariah Carey Archives 1998 - 2014 | 261 visitors online
LATEST NEWS
01-11-2014
31-10-2014
31-10-2014
31-10-2014
31-10-2014
31-10-2014
30-10-2014
29-10-2014
29-10-2014
29-10-2014
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
01-11-2014
01-11-2013
01-11-2013
01-11-2013
01-11-2012
01-11-2012
01-11-2011
01-11-2011
01-11-2010
01-11-2010
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2008
01-11-2007
01-11-2007
01-11-2006
01-11-2005
01-11-2005
01-11-2005
01-11-2004
01-11-2004
01-11-2004
01-11-2004
01-11-2003
01-11-2003
01-11-2002
01-11-2002
01-11-2002
01-11-2001
01-11-2001
01-11-2001
01-11-2000
01-11-1999
01-11-1999
01-11-1999
01-11-1999
01-11-1999
01-11-2014
01-11-2013
01-11-2013
01-11-2013
01-11-2012
01-11-2012
01-11-2011
01-11-2011
01-11-2010
01-11-2010
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2009
01-11-2008
01-11-2007
01-11-2007
01-11-2006
01-11-2005
01-11-2005
01-11-2005
01-11-2004
01-11-2004
01-11-2004
01-11-2004
01-11-2003
01-11-2003
01-11-2002
01-11-2002
01-11-2002
01-11-2001
01-11-2001
01-11-2001
01-11-2000
01-11-1999
01-11-1999
01-11-1999
01-11-1999
01-11-1999