From June 17, 2009
Before I get on with some comments on Mariah’s latest single I must refer back to an earlier post about pop music. I refer to this merely for the fact that I was reading some comments on RollingStone.com and other sites. There isn’t really a consensus on this song but I think that people are divided along lines as to whether they love or hate Mariah. There are few impartial judges out there. Oh and for the record I don’t consider myself impartial.
I’m of two minds on this song.
- On first hearing the song I admit that I was a little disappointed. If there is one thing that Mariah Carey has shown consistency in it is following the musical trends. These days most of the R&B songs are auto-tuned, mid-tempo cookie cutters. To be honest I can’t tell Beyonce from Rihanna from Ciara from whoever else. I was disappointed to find that Mariah again went the way of the trend rather than bucking it. However she’s obviously in the music business to make money so I can’t blame her for it, really. She can preach artistry all she wants but no one who’s sole focus is artistry would have amassed the success that she has.
- Having said that, the sound of the song might not be different from other R&B songs out there but I don’t recall ever hearing auto-tuned Mariah before. In fact I don’t remember hearing a song of this type from he. The “dis” songs have been there as far back as her Rainbow album (“Did I Do That”, “Clown”? Hello, people). And I can’t really fault her for coming out with this song at a time when it was merely weeks ago that this old conflict with Eminem rose up again.
I read one of the comments saying that this whole song was a press grab. Well Duh! Do they not find the same to be true of Eminem. I highly doubt that he just plucked the idea about writing of Mariah out of thin air. With all the publicity over her marriage I’m sure he thought that this was a good opportunity to snag some press for his new album – bring up the past you know. And why shouldn’t she benefit from it too? Whatever their true feelings are (or are not) for each other this is a game of PR, pure and simple.
Nuff said. I’m going back to listen to Obsessed.