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.