First Impressions: Case Of Possession 'Obsession'

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Who is this hang-nail that continues to aggravate Mariah Carey? Why, its none other than rapper, Eminem and she's letting it be known through song that she has the nail clippers in hand on new track, "Obsessed". Mariah bites back at the consistent rapper on this up-tempo synth laden club track that physically exposes Mariah, oddly, taking about three steps forward from "Touch My Body" of last year, and five HUGE steps back from anything she has ever done. We feared it, but Mariah Carey, like Mary J. Blige last week, has resorted to the laziness of auto-tune. Shame. Honestly at this point it's clear that Mariah and MJB are hustling to keep up with the young in's. Thus, they are conforming to "what is hot" and not being the trendsetters that they used to be of their generation. Their once solid artistry has become cheapened and predictable, and that's what leaves a sour taste in my mouth. "Obsessed" is perfect for a new 20-something rising R&B/Poptress, but for Mariah, it's almost down-right generic. Yet, I have no scruples that the public will lap it up and it will chart, possibly to #1. As the singer consistently claims she is "eternally 12 years old", it is splashed out here, as she rockily rides on this Tricky Stewart and The Dream produced track. Yes, I'm quite disappointed, Mariah has one of the best voices in the industry, and it should be used, not manipulated like some damn machine. As someone who has been a fan of Mariah's music and style for many years, it pains me to write this, but I'm not showing bias, I'm telling the truth. For someone who used to set trends, "Obsession" shows Mariah clearly being the follower.

Listen: Obsessed


  1. hmmm... I kinda agree with you on the vocal department, it's not her best vocal-wise. But It's grown on me ALOT, I really do like it--you could say I have an obsession with it :) (sorry for the cheesy joke). She said on her Twitter, that she's releasing a ballad next, so heres to hoping she puts that voice to use! :)

  2. LOL at the joke. Maybe it will grow on me, but for now I'm just not feeling it. Thank goodness she's releasing a ballad next. I just hope it's not like what "Bye Bye" was hyped up to be. That ballad was by far her most lackluster. I'm still holding out hope, though.

  3. Great comment Jennifer. I agree with you. And Mary J. Blige, well, it's such a pity. She is a huge talent.

  4. Hmm, listened once but nothing is compelling me to go back for a second lisen.. Think I'll wait for song no.2

  5. 100% agree with you, Jenn. E=MC2 was so painful for me to sit through, so I'm hoping the next one is more like "Emancipation" or her older stuff, rather than her last record. "Obsession" doesn't give me much anticipation for it...

    And PS - your word verification on my form is "hotlikeus". Weird. haha.

  6. THANK YOU !!!!
    i agree with you 100%
    i thought i was the only one feeling this way haha .


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