A Product Of The iGeneration

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Why This Woman Quite Possibly Annoys Me More Than Paris - And Here's Why

Talent? A good bit. Beauty? I guess you could say that. Annoying factor? 300 PERCENT.

No doubt Mariah Carey has talent...even though I believe she's worn some of it down to the grind over the years, so "The Voice" isn't what it used to be...in fact, in my opinion, it's no where NEAR what it used to be. She's a pretty woman. I can't deny her that (as much as I'd like to).

My problem with her is how she acts. Mariah Carey is 36 years old. Why in the Hell does she act like she wants to be 16 again? With her, almost nothing is mature. Her music used to be. Now it's just her whining about how she wants her love back...like some little 16-year-old who just broke up with her boyfriend. Why can't she write stuff like "There's Got To Be A Way" anymore??? Instead, it's all about partying and breaking up. That's it. So pretty much all she says anymore in her music is, "I'm gonna party 'cause It's Like That but I wish you were with me 'cause We Belong Together even though I know I gotta Shake It Off I just wanna tell you one thing and that's Don't Forget About Us but everytime I see ya in the club I think one of us should just Say Somethin'!"

Come on Mariah! Write something respectable!!!

Now, to "The Voice." Yes, we know she's still a pretty decent singer, and although she may not be able to hit A2 or G7 anymore, she can still hit some pretty extreme lows and some pretty extreme highs. (I'm guessing the tessitura of her range nowadays to lie somewhere between C3-C7 - still pretty decent four octaves.) But remember when her high notes actually served a purpose in the music - like in "Dreamlover"? She sung them to compliment the melody - they actually blended with the melody. In "Fantasy" she sung one at the beginning and it blended well with the melody. Now it seems as though she randomly rips out her high notes just to prove she can still do them. Now it's as if they serve hardly any purpose in the song - she's just trying to give us proof that "The Voice" is still there, and while yes, it may very well be, no one can deny that it's changed. A lot. She used to have a very strong sound, a very solid alto sound. Now her voice is very whispery, somewhat nasally, and it tends to crack a lot. What's the deal? All those years of pulling off the very extremes of both ends of her range have done damage that may or may not be repairable. To me though, range isn't all there is to singing. Mariah still has a good singing voice. She doesn't need to scream at us to prove it. That just makes it look worse on her part.

Next: diva behavior. I don't care if she does have all the awards in the world and a once-five-octave-range, she is no better than anyone else. She doesn't need to act like she's the queen of the world. She also needs to stop blasting artists that have been in the business longer than she has, and know what they're really doing. She says Madonna used to be popular when she was in seventh grade. Honey, Madonna is STILL popular. She's just taken time off to raise her children, be with her husband, take care of herself. I commend Madonna for that, most definitely. Madonna has re-invented herself so many times, and yes, Madonna had her flop ("American Life,") but she's some back strong with "Confessions On A Dancefloor." Looks like Mariah is eating her own words about Madonna, just like she said all her "Glitter" critics would eat theirs.

She also needs to start dressing like she's 36. I'd like to see her, instead of gowns cut up to the hip and cut down as low as one could go without FCC blurs on the TV, in things more conservative. Jeans, maybe a cami top with a blazer and a pair of pumps/heels. I think Mariah Carey would look great in that. No, she has to go out and show EVERYTHING she's got to the world in tiny little skirts and bikini tops. I know she wanted to try to sexualize her image after years of it being suppressed by her ex-husband, but she's just taken it TOO FAR. She's 36 years old. She doesn't need to be prancing around in an outfit that she's FALLING OUT OF.

Instead of trying to be 20 again and trying to prove she still has "The Voice" (which that title could be disputed anyway, seeing as how there are so many GREAT singers out there today and she's not the only singer who can reach whistle notes and Barry White tones), she should be trying to prove that she's grown as an artist and as a person since then, through her music, dress, and through her attitude.


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