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Monday, May 6, 2013

Beautiful by Mariah Carey (feat. Miguel)

Surely, I will regret making this impulsive review later. My spontaneity has to keep up with the feel as it slowly declines. As a lamb, this is the least that I can do anyway.

Seriously? This is the final single artwork? I didn't know what Mariah tried to insinuate by lifting a screencap from her own teaser video. The photo captured isn't that attractive at all, to be completely honest. And the editing doesn't even look sophisticated or refined.



Hey! It's May 6 and she finally released the single! It's entitled Beautiful, her third single off her yet to be titled album. Mariah has stirred the excitement of her fans by releasing the teaser video. It's catchy, I have to admit. By imposing a very strong statement: "The new era begins," she added a great deal of expectation.

First of all, it's not overproduced.  It wasn't underproduced, either. She has somehow learned through years of vocal acrobats and well, she has already proved herself many times. Mariah is a wise producer, I must say. She was able to mask her cracks with coos and layered falsettos and her shouting sounds like singing, too! Her belts are a bit poked and rough, though. The melody is not that hard to learn by heart. In fact, I even sang the chorus (with no idea what the lyrics were and what I mouthed were actually ridiculous) right after two to three rounds of listening to it. Compared with the previous single (Almost Home) with notes quite shattered and the rhythm unpredictable, this has a little consistency in it which means Mariah recorded it carefully. We know how Mariah records her songs. She spends hours until morning to layer them with her own voice, make them pitch perfect, and add more and more finishing touches. It also has a retro feel which is quite new. For the lyrics, it's very Mariah. I like the chorus. It's dynamic. Without any hint of partiality, the only flaw of this song is that it's too short! They could've added another round of chorus in the end. I hadn't adapted with the song yet and it was already ending.

If she is true to her promise, hmm . . . somehow, this is new compared with her previous singles. Yes, it is. She hired no rappers, although it still sounds like mainstream RnB to me. I'm still hoping more of Mariah proving this "New Era" she's talking about because honestly, I doubt if people could notice (since the album isn't released yet, of course) it. But I'm her fan, so I have already this "default" reaction.

This song might actually chart if it would get enough promotions. Mariah, please sing this live! This is meant to be sung live. You're not just a studio artist after all.

Listen to it while it's still hot!


Lyrics:

[Intro]
Ah, ah, you’re beautiful
Yeah
Ah, ah, you’re beautiful

Hop on the back of my bike
Let the good wind blow through your hair
With an a** like that and a smile so bright
Oh, you’re killing me, you know it ain’t fair, yeah
Ride on through the middle of the night
Let the moonlight kiss your skin
When you dance like that, your g so tight
Oh, you’re killing me, baby do it again

[Chorus]
You’re beautiful, and your mind is f*cking beautiful
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah
You’re beautiful, good lord, you’re f*cking beautiful
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah, yeah

I like when you run red lights
Don’t stop ’til you thrill me, oh how you thrill me
Always in control, how you do it, I don’t know
But I don’t care, take me anywhere

[Chorus]
‘Cause it’s beautiful, ooh you make me feel undressable
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, oh yeah
You’re beautiful, and your mind is f*cking beautiful
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah
You’re beautiful, good lord, you’re f*cking beautiful (so beautiful)
And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me, to me, yeah
Yeah, yeah

Oh oh oh oh
Yeah yeah
You don’t know what you’re doing darling
Come on back my bike darling
Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, etc.
Don’t you worry darling

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