Mariah Carey Sings Strong at MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Mariah Carey staged a pretty impressive if occasionally erratic 90-minute performance that was musically tight and well choreographed.
Carey is in the very early stages of her â€œAngels Advocateâ€ tour, her first extended road show in more than three years. She was ably backed by a four-piece band, three singers and numerous exceptional dancers, who often grabbed the attention when the singer slipped off stage for a half-dozen costume changes. Her dresses were all skin tight, typically sparkling and all designed to flaunt her abundant cleavage.
After a brief introduction, the concert kicked off with the thumping dance track â€œShake it Off,â€ the erotic â€œTouch My Body,â€ and one of her first vocal showcases of the evening, â€œFly Like a Bird,â€ which peaked with some of her trademark sky-high upper octave notes at the end.
Mid-set standouts included her early smash â€œMake it Happen,â€ before â€œAngels Cry,â€ the latter which featured two dancers spinning high above the singerâ€™s head.
With tracks such as â€œThe Impossibleâ€ (husband Nick Cannon briefly came on-stage and gave her a long kiss after that one); a tasty mash-up of her own â€œHeartbreakerâ€ with Diana Rossâ€™ â€œLove Hangover;â€ Careyâ€™s mega-hit â€œEmotions;â€ a fierce rendition of the Eminem-dissing â€œObsessed;â€ and the encore of her classic â€œHero,â€ it was undoubtedly a crowd-pleasing night.
--By Kevin O'Hare, MassLive.comThe Hartford Courant
reviewed the concert as well, citing "Emotions," "Heartbreaker" and "Hero" as the show's highlights.