Mariah Carey is back. The legendary singer has released her new single, "Triumphant," featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill off of her upcoming new studio album and the song has already been taking a hit from critics.
The song is the first release from the singer on a studio album in three years. The starlet went on hiatus in 2009 to focus on her personal milestones with hubby Nick Cannon - giving birth to gorgeous twins, Monroe and Moroccan Cannon. But the busy mom made time to begin working on her new album while she was pregnant and finished it after taking some time off with her new babies.
So how does Mariah's new single compare to her older material?
Inspirational message falls flat
Mariah has always been known for her inspirational tunes ever since "Make it Happen" hit the airwaves in 1992. "Hero," "Outside," "Can't Take That Away" and other uplifting songs were released on various albums throughout the years, strongly resonating with fans looking for a positive message.
"Can't fall down stay triumphant keep on living/Stay on your toes/Get off the ropes/Don't let 'em ever count you out," she sings in the chorus.
"Triumphant" sticks with her encouraging musical spirit but the message of the song falls flat. Mariah tweeted this song hits particularly close to home with her based on her past struggles but we wish the song actually reflected some truth and reality of the singer's experiences. The lyrics aren't any different than a Hallmark card. Aside from a flailing inspirational message it's also a difficult to really get a deep feeling of Mariah's emotions in the song due to the limited amount Mimi actually sings on the track.
No lead verses and less singing
Mill Meek starts the song off with the first verse, which is a little surprising; with Mariah trying to make a comeback you'd think she would want to start her first new release in over two years with a strong lead. The second verse goes to Rick Ross. Mariah merely sings the chorus. It's as if she's the guest singer on her own song instead of being the lead artist on the track.
Mimi's new music has been highly anticipated since the lack of interest in her last studio album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" and it's truly disappointing to fans that were looking for new material from the iconic singer. Mariah has always released strong lead singles from her new albums. Everything from 1990's "Vision of Love" to 2009's "Obsessed." This is quite the change in direction than what we're used to seeing with the star.
Outdated and unknown collaborators
Back in 1995 when she released a remix of her #1 hit single, "Fantasy," with hip-hip star Ol' Dirty Bastard Mariah was on the top of her game, even eventually being credited with starting the musical trend of mixing sugary sweet pop icons with thuggish rappers on hit songs.
By having Rick Ross and Mill Meek on her new track it just proves how outdated Mariah has become over the years. Jermaine Dupri and B-Cox might have been her go to team in the studio in the '90s and early '00s but those days have passed and Mariah needs a better production team to bring her better known hip-hop stars to her album. Why isn't she working with Drake or The Weeknd - young rappers and musicians coming up in the industry that actually attract and reach the audience Mariah's R&B music appeals to?
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