Mariah Carey – Someday

First Hit #1: March 9, 1991

Reportedly, Mariah Carey doesn’t actually like Someday. I’m not sure why. It is a bit dated, I’ll admit, but then again it was released in 1991 so it’s only natural that it’s going to be beholden to trends. Besides, if that’s the part she doesn’t like, she could always do a remix. Besides, I think it’s a pretty good example of 90s dance music, and even if synthetic bass mostly reminds me of Super Nintendo, I liked my Super Nintendo so that’s not a problem really.

The real reason I don’t get why Carey doesn’t like Someday is that, as a Mariah Carey song, it’s probably the best she’s done so far. There’s a focus to her performance, and by singing something of a kiss-off anthem she shows that she can do a passionate, angry performance. Yeah, some of the vocal tracks are trying for the softer side of her voice – she’s got a lot of sides to her voice – but she digs deep in the chorus and shows that she can get aggressive and can do more than the lightly swooning records that she released previously. Carey’s singles have been progressively revealing different facets of her voice and ability, and I think this is the most interesting side yet.

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2 Responses to Mariah Carey – Someday

  1. RBerman says:

    It is a different style for her, albeit not a different style for the charts. The best things about the song are (1) her vocal calisthenics, as usual; (2) the lively arrangement; and (3) the “You’ll be sorry you left me!” lyrics, the immaturity of which are hammered home by the video. Such a self-affirming posture is just a defense mechanism, an attempt to save face and self-esteem after being dumped. Yeah, I’m sure he’ll come crawling back.

    The melody is actually the least memorable thing about the song, but Mariah salvages that deficiency nicely with endless vamping, melisma, whistle tones, her whole bag of tricks.

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