First Hit #1: April 12, 2008
If there’s one person who doesn’t need vocal processing, it’s Mariah Carey. But, vocal processing is trendy, so there it is, all over the verses, stinking up the joint and kind of killing Touch My Body. It’s a shame, because it’s not like she’s suddenly become bad at singing – her delivery of the line “I will hunt you down” is actually kind of spooky – but instead she’s trying to leap onto trends and find out what these viral hits that everyone is talking about are. That explains the goofy video, that explains the way she coos the word YouTube, and unfortunately that also explains the main problem of the song – I can hear vocal processing, and while it’s not full-blown robot voice, it sounds bad. It’s a shame, Carey has really been one of the most reliable pop stars out there, even if I don’t necessarily like all her singles, and it’s always disappointing when someone latches on to a trend that doesn’t suit them.