Mariah Carey – Don’t Forget About Us

First Hit #1: December 31, 2005

Speaking of less interesting versions of successful artists, here’s Mariah Carey, who has become a less interesting version of Mariah Carey. Don’t Forget About Us isn’t necessarily bad though, and it at least has a certain level of ambition and craft to it. It’s definitely Carey reaching into a high point of her career, constructing a big ballad from 1995 for the people of 2005. Which seems to mean that it doesn’t have strings on the track, instead just going for minimal electronics and putting the rest of instruments there in the form of Carey herself. It is a return to form, it’s like a tornado of Careys at certain points, and the swirling vocal is a compelling way to treat the material overall. The only problem is that it’s, well, a ballad from 1995, there’s nothing about it that couldn’t have shown up on an earlier album, and what might have been fresh a decade earlier is just another Carey trademark. It’s not bad by any means, it’s actually a return to form of sorts, but it’s also nothing we haven’t heard before.

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2 Responses to Mariah Carey – Don’t Forget About Us

  1. RBerman says:

    This was another of those cursed album re-release songs; it surfaced on the “Ultra Platinum Edition” of her album “The Emancipation of Mimi” eight months after that album’s original release. It’s a good song, playing to Mariah’s strengths, with even a brief whistle. It certainly sounds like a song she could have made ten years prior; apparently even the rap part at the beginning of the above linked version was not in the original song. This kind of song had not gone away from the charts in the intervening decade, though we haven’t seen much like it at the top spot in a while.

    The lyrics are a “goodbye” song. They’re being parted by circumstances and seem disappointed but not brokenhearted, dwelling on the good times past rather than dreading any oncoming loneliness. What’s with the soccer motif in the video?

  2. lindseywebs says:

    Wow. You hit the nail on the head. I am a singer and have loooooved 1990’s Mariah Carey ever since I can remember. I own every record of hers since she came out. And now, I haven’t bought one since 2001. Go figure.

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