Mariah Carey & Miguel Make It Beautiful
Monday, May 6, 2013
When I heard the news that Mariah Carey was teaming up with Mr. Adorn (aka Miguel) for a brand new single, my first reaction while lighting the candles and burning the incense at the Temple of Lamb: "This is either gonna be amazeballs or an utter hail of fail". Harsh, yes, but after the dismal "Triumphant" and the cautious safe stiletto steps into softer fare ("Bring It On Home" and "Almost Home") it further embellished that Mariah's need to stop chasing trends, work on expanding her sound and realizing her position at enticing new fans and keeping her old ones energized was of the essence. Well, what seemed lost is found on the recently unwrapped "#Beautiful", a summery sweet finger-snapper that has both Mariah and Miguel lounging in a flourishing aural winner.
The most refreshing thing about "#Beautiful" is to actually hear a male singer --- not a rapper --- but hear someone who can actually carry a tune saddle up next to Mariah and wax poetical all while giving shades of the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell partnerships of yore. We all know that Mariah has had many male duet suitors in the past, but not since Trey Lorenz (and this is to my ears) has Mariah been matched pound for pound, as the two harmonize gorgeously atop a lush guitar driven beat as if they've been doing duets together for years. If this is the start to what Mama Lamb is capable of doing in 2013 then consider me, after years of pearl clutching uncertainty, quite optimistic for what is around the bend.