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
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Disgusting hypocrisy (51,282) by Baby from Sweden

Why is the triumvirate of hate repeatedly allowed to directly insult Mariah Carey on this board? Abraham just did what any lamb worth his wool would do. Besides, Photoshop works both ways, anyone can add pounds in picture just as easily as they can be subtracted. What kind of dimwitted amateur critics don't understand that? Funny how Mariah always ... read more
(Wednesday 1 April 2015; 15:00)
Same old gripe (51,281) by Reuben Walton from United States

I always get worked up all over again when I go back and listen to all her missed singles opportunities from the last 7 years. Tsk tsk.
(Wednesday 1 April 2015; 7:18)
iHeart radio (51,280) by nikki from usa

I would love if MC had her own channel on iHeart radio. She has more than enough material across so many genres to play original music for hours. Someone with her track record of hits should have an app by now that takes you straight to iTunes to buy at this point. It would be a good way to release the songs she's always wanted heard, but the label... read more
(Wednesday 1 April 2015; 7:03)
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