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It's Like That
Album: Emancipation of Mimi
Year: 2005

In the latest issue of Blender, Mariah Carey finally admits "Glitter" was horrible. She said "it was all over the place. It was one of those things that was thrown together." She's also "a child at heart," according to L.A. Reid.

Well, yeah. She's been "a child at heart" for several years. It's only now it's being acknowledged. She gives her albums titles which evoke childlike images (Music Box, Charmbracelet) or could be scrapped names for the new Bonne Bell lipgloss flavors (Daydream, Rainbow, Glitter.)

In the Jermaine Dupri produced "It's Like That," Carey goes to a club to relax and forget her troubles. Carey sings in her normal voice, leaving behind the whispery vocals which hindered the album "Charmbracelet." She's surveying the men in the club and notices one looking at her. She's buzzed from the drink and beckons him to dance with her. ("I came to have a party/Open up the Bacardi/Feeling so hot tamale/Boy I know you watchin' me/So what's it gonna be?...I'm lifted and I like it...Baby, come and get it/
If you're really feeling me").

She's letting loose for a couple hours and only wants to have a good time. ("'Cause it's my night/No stress, no fights/I'm leaving it all behind/No tears, no time to cry/Just making the most of life").

Everyone is dancing and flirting, including Carey and her girlfriends. ("Everybody is livin' it up/All the fellas keep lookin' at us ('cause)Dusk411 and my girls on the floor like what/While the DJ keeps on spinning the cut/It's like that y'all").

She brims with confidence, telling the guy who has been eyeing that he likes her moves. ("You like this and you know it/Caution, it's so explosive"). She says she's hot and smooth ("Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion"). She's done dealing with her insecurities and enjoying her newfound positive self-esteem.("It's a special occasion/Mimi's emancipation/A cause for celebration/I ain't gonna let nobody's drama bother me").

Fatman Scoop's short rap is useless. He adds shouts of "let's go Now (what), let's go now (what)" until the end. Scoop is noisy and irritating. She still hasn't learned that less is more, in terms of a number of people in one song. Carey is youthful and exuberant in her delivery. It helps she's singing above a murmur. People will be able to actually hear "It's Like That" without having to turn the volume way up.



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Comments
on Mar 05, 2005
It's totally great to have the (almost-real) Mariah back. I think she lost herself for a while, which is understandable with all the changes that went on in her life in the spotlight and not being allowed the privacy to make mistakes and adapt to change without being judged or ridiculed. After all, she is not a super-invincible comic hero, she's a normal woman with an extra-ordinary musical gift. Due to this, she appeared to forgot who really she is and the the heart-rendering music she brought to her fans over the years. That she was/is a ground-breaking, goose pimpelling, amazing singer and performer and all the new female vocalists at the forefront right now have tried to emulate/sabotage her vocal techniques in some way, and also, during her less confident times, tried to intimidate. But there is only one Mariah!

I can't wait to hear her new material, as if it's like her earlier songs from 'music box', where you hear her exceptional voice, it will be out of this world!

However, I say almost( as I mention above), because I would like to see her FOCUS on her singing while performing, instead of always looking like she wants the audience to validate how beautiful she is. (You are beautiful Mariah, that is undisputed).

I wish her all the best and I've missed her music and NO-ONE writes songs like her. She is a gift to music. I'm truly glad she has made it back; I think we are all hoping she would.
on Mar 05, 2005
I'm a huge Mariah fan and I've seen her evolve. Around the 'Butterfly' days, I was disappointed because she was using her body to sell her music. She didn't have to do that because she has the voice to back it up. Then it just got worse: more rappers were on her songs than she was.

I wavered on 'Charmbracelet' and wasn't anticipating it. However, I'm looking forward to hear more from the "Emancipation of Mimi."

Thanks for stopping by and posting, C Wilson.
on Mar 05, 2005
I love your blog!!!! I'm going to feature you again on esourcemagazine!!!
on Mar 06, 2005
Totally agree with you about Mariah using her body to sell her music. It used to drive me mad watching her singing and looking so insecure and needy whilst performing amongst all the waver-thin whispery tones and letting all these rappers drown out her voice and individual style. I literally had one eye covered whilst having my hand on my face or just shouted to the TV, ' Just get on with it and sing the song!!' I really hope those insecure performances are over; They were far too embarrasing and painful to watch.

However, with a powerful new ethos of 'emancipation' for her album and life, I am sure, and hope this means that she has fully returned to her emotional roots and that her spirit is restored to take us all to the next level with her musical gift. Wow, can you imagine how amazing that would be?!!

Please, Please Mariah, don't let us down, just do what you do best, with no stress. Remain in touch with your emotions and produce the heart feeling lyrics and songs that your fans will eternally love for the next 20 or 30 years.

She is ONE of the greats! I hope her end will be a positive one and not one like Whitney's
(All I can say is Why?? and How??!, but anyway...). That would be too sad.
on Mar 08, 2005
Your comment on Fatman Scoop is off the mark. He adds to the song, making you want more of it.
on Mar 08, 2005
It's funny how you criticize how for not acknowledging the "less is more" approach when it comes to her music, when that's all this song evokes. There's no fly-by-night rapper running away with the song (as has happened in the past), in this case it's sprinkled on the end of the song and is a mere footnote in the bigger picture; her "whisper" vocal technique is short, as is the belting which is placed appropriately at the end. If you're saying "less" as in nonexistent, you should just say so. Don't say anything when you have nothing new to offer critically. And in terms of the "child at heart" comment, you should've done your research, because in interviews going as far back as her "Music Box" albumn (oh, say 1992), it's a fact that she has ALWAYS acknowledged. Whether that's a good thing or not is debatable, but misrepresenting the fact only makes YOU look stupid.
on Mar 08, 2005
Mariah has a beautiful body, and there is nothing wrong with showing it off. She's got the voice, the talent and the looks -- the complete package. Stop trying to cover her up and put her in turtlenecks. I believe her ex-husband did that -- speaks to his insecurities rather than her own.

True music fans can overlook the marketing and the image and see Mariah for who she truly is -- a vocal and songwriter talent. Remember Mariah's acceptance speech at the 1999 Billboard Awards, where she said to "forget the image, the short skirts, the big hair, whatever"? She gets it, and so do her true fans.
on Mar 08, 2005
I really do enjoy this song. With that being said, I'll address what everyone has said since my last post:

Paul said:
Your comment on Fatman Scoop is off the mark. He adds to the song, making you want more of it.

Hey, that's cool However, I think the part will grow on me once I hear the Morales remixes.

Xavi said:
It's funny how you criticize how for not acknowledging the "less is more" approach when it comes to her music, when that's all this song evokes. There's no fly-by-night rapper running away with the song (as has happened in the past), in this case it's sprinkled on the end of the song and is a mere footnote in the bigger picture;

You made a good point. But to be honest, I just don't care for Fatman Scoop. I think he's doing the same schtick as he did in "Where Ya At" but with different words. If it was probably a rapper I liked, I wouldn't mind as much.

Xavi also said:
her "whisper" vocal technique is short, as is the belting which is placed appropriately at the end.

Also true. However, not one of my criticisms. I was working an observation from my past frustrations with listening in "Charmbracelet" in the car. It's nice to keep the volume at normal level now.
Jeff said:

Stop trying to cover her up and put her in turtlenecks. I believe her ex-husband did that -- speaks to his insecurities rather than her own.

Hey, not trying to. I don't mind sexy images (Kylie is one my faves). However, I never bought it coming from Mariah. The "Loverboy" music video is cringeworthy to watch for this reason. She just looks so uncomfortable.

Jeff also said:
True music fans can overlook the marketing and the image and see Mariah for who she truly is -- a vocal and songwriter talent.

Not denying her talent, either. However, whether or not I disagree with her marketing in the past few years does not make me any less of a fan. It just means I have an opinion.

joeknowledge: thank you
on Mar 09, 2005
I think this album will ultimately reveal the true human identity of Mariah Carey instead of "the diva, singer, songwriter, video vixen, mega-voice, sexpot, insecure multiracial little girl" that the industry has slickly marketed to us for the past 15 years. We just might FINALLY know the real Mariah, and once again come to adore her.
on Mar 09, 2005
who the hell cares about this boring plastic looney!? Her music is boring, her vocals unbearably embarrassing and her clothes just for a trash can. And she ain't even one bit sexy. Gimme J.Lo anytime. Mariah go bakk where you came from - crazy looney bin.
on Mar 12, 2005

Dan S,

Great blog. It validates my points exactly.
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