Sep 07 2006

Carey wows casino crowd

< > The Oneida Daily Dispatch: Carey wows casino crowd VERONA - Ah, Mariah Carey. So sweet and so scantily clad with her kinky auburn tresses. She's a natural concert performer with a killer voice and looks to match. The saucy songstress proved that again at Turning Stone's Event Center last night with a diva-scale performance for her "Adventures of Mimi" tour, a follow-up to her 2005 triple Grammy-Award-winning album, "The Emancipation of Mimi." The tour is her first since the "Charmbracelet World Tour" in 2003. But the chatter invariably starts with that body. "She's not skinny," said Sarah Dorman, 21, of Batavia, who was at the concert with her friend, Erica Golden, 20, from Malone. "She's actually, like, a real woman." She was no bony Beyonce, the two agreed. Carey was definitely thicker, but toned with no cellulite. That was obvious in Carey's wardrobe choices in the early going-actually more skin than fabric. She opened in a two-piece black bikini with a clingy black, diaphanous cape. She re-emerged later in less-revealing gowns, alternately of gold and sea-green taffeta, that became her well. The wardrobe comes with risks. At her concert at the Bell Centre Arena in Montreal on Aug. 15, the U.S. supermarket tabloid The Globe reported that one of Carey's breasts briefly slipped out during the performance. "The twins didn't want to stay where they were supposed to," she reportedly joked. Well, face it. Carey's upperworks and upper register are both impressive. The woman knows how to work a room with that lovely smile. "We're going to know each other a little better tonight," she cooed to the crowd. On the song side, Carey excelled with the 1993 massive hit ballad "Hero," which along with Whitney Houston's 1988 "One Moment in Time," is one of the great ballads of the last 20 years, and the torch "My All," from the album "Butterfly," her first effort after her breakup with husband Tommy Mottola. I yearned for her to do a take on Roy Orbison's "Crying." Earlier, Trey Lorenz, her long-time friend, joined her for "I'll be There," a Jackson Five standard before things got a little crazy. The sultry sweetie filled the Event Center well with her voice and personality. The program was well-put together, opening with "It's Like That," from "The Emancipation of Mini" album, followed by "Heartbreaker" and "Dreamlover." "Fantasy" revealed Carey's voice at full play. Her renditions of "Always Be My Baby" and "Don't Forget About Us"-her 17th No. 1 single and most recent on the Billboard Hot 100 list-were the standouts of the night. Backup vocals were strong and the multimedia stagecraft was excellent, emphasizing the Event Center's adaptability. The bi-level stage worked well. But what Carey didn't need was her opening commentary-cliché roller coaster metaphor on life. On the other end of the concert, she gave a last over-the-shoulder look, smiled, and was gone. And that was the characteristic of the night for Carey-find and hit one sweet spot and quickly move on to another. She hit many.
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