First Hit #1: May 25, 1991
I Don’t Wanna Cry feels as though Mariah Carey is running out of singles from her debut album. Which is not to say it’s bad, Carey does a really good job on the chorus, and it does have some nice acoustic guitar going through the track, but it’s more that it’s just fine. The rest of Carey’s signals from the album tried to show a different side of the singer. She’s got a voice that can do many things, so you would see different parts of her range highlighted as well as generally trying to sell her as the next big thing in singing. This time around, there’s nothing really highlighted, and there’s no new side to Carey. It’s just a song that’s competently performed and produced, and something which fits on the radio good enough to get some airplay. It’s not bad, it’s a perfectly fine song, but it feels like everything that could be said about Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey could be said, and now they’re just trying to sustain it until the next disc comes along.
There’s nothing wrong with the single, it’s just a sign that a new album should come along pretty soon.