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
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
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.
Saturday 17 May 2008
Honey B. Fly members (55,665)
by Philipp from Switzerland
Hey, is anyone of you a member of Mariah's official fanclub Honey B. Fly? I just signed up and I'm surprised that it seems to be for free. Am I doing anything wrong or does it really cost nothing? I want to go see her Christmas shows, that's why I hope that fanclub members will get a early pre-sale or something. I will fly all the way from Switzerl... read more (Tuesday 4 August 2015; 13:37)
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by Mimi L. from
Mariah actually looked great in the jeans-black tank top-cream cardigan thing she wore just 2-3 days back. Although I could do without the cardigan but she looked great nevertheless. She also looked great in the gray tank top and jeans she wore to the beach the other day. But that silver shiny top she wore 2 days back was bad. I am with B, Licia an... read more (Tuesday 4 August 2015; 11:58)
by Giovanni from USA
Lol, no one said Mariah wasn't good looking. She is. I really like you B. You're a real, loving dedicated fan but sometimes you can be a bit delusional. I have been reading this board for years now before I started posting. And I can't tell you how many times I have seen "she is slowly losing the weight". How long does it really take to lose weight... read more (Tuesday 4 August 2015; 11:05)
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