First Hit #1: June 4, 2005
Mariah had a big comeback in 2005, after her personal nadir – better known as Glitter – she managed to become a hitmaker yet again. Unfortunately, she seemed to do it by just being a lot less interesting than she used to be.
We Belong Together isn’t bad, just mediocre. It’s sung well enough, though Carey doesn’t employ nearly as many of the studio tricks as she used to – there are only two Careys on the track, as opposed to the army that used to invade whenever she had a single – the lyrics have never been her strong suit but here they just sound like a weak imitation of an Usher song, and it’s all over a hip hop beat that is at best serviceable. The song is fine, Carey remains a quality performer, but it’s nothing special, and certainly nowhere near the level of her previous hits. If one would allow me to put on my curmudgeon pants for a while, would this have even been a hit if it wasn’t in a year with both 50 Cent and Hollaback Girl? It’s only in comparison with a couple of the year’s more recent blunders that it sounds good, if it was released a decade earlier it would have been a forgotten album cut, surely.