Feb 19 2013

Reviews: Mariah Delivers With "Almost Home"!

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 Mariah's new song "Almost Home" is here and it is already getting glowing reviews!

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“Almost Home”, A Legitimately Great & Powerful Track - Idolator
We really love this new Mariah Carey song. The Stargate-produced tune has an unassuming rhythmic track with some nice twinkly synths on the chorus, but those signature vocal riffs are what really does the trick — her vocals sound controlled and never over-the-top, and (thankfully) the song gives her space to shine, rather than drowning her out with overly robust production or a laundry list of rappers. Especially for a soundtrack offering, “Home” is a worthy new entry into Carey’s catalogue.


Mariah Carey is making a triumphant comeback with ‘Almost Home.’ - Pop Crush
The song is a return to form for the multi-octave diva. ‘Almost Home’ sounds like a Carey track from the days of yore — her 90's heyday — in the best way. With a Stargate-produced beat, the song sounds like it’d fit right in on Carey’s pop classics ‘Music Box’ and ‘Daydream.’ The upbeat song relies on Carey’s unrivaled gifts of melody, harmony and power instead of attempting to attain street cred with guest rappers, and it’s where she shines brightest.

The track starts out with a more R&B vibe in the verses, then morphs into a poppier tune for the choruses. The song has a motivational message akin to Carey’s unstoppable ballad ‘Hero,’ but combines it with an upbeat, uptempo track. While Carey does her typical showing off vocally here — let’s be honest, if you could do half the things she can with your pipes, you would too — she doesn’t go overboard with the histrionics a la Christina Aguilera.

The song is a perfect fit for Disney’s ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ soundtrack and a perfect way for the ‘American Idol‘ judge to reassert herself on her throne of pop royalty. It’s a frothy, fun, radio friendly confection with only the mildest hint of bubblegum to prevent toothaches.

PopCrush rating: 4.5/5 stars.


"Almost Home" is already winning rave reviews from Mariah's legions of lambs - The Grape Juice
Yes yes and yes! Showcasing those much missed soaring vocals, this song is definitely a winner! We’re certainly hoping to hear more vocal performances like these on Mrs. Carey-Cannon’s next release due later this year.


Mimi isn't playing this year. - Pop Trash Addicts
So far she's conquered Australia, made Nicki Minaj look like a demented Cirque Du Soleil clown on American Idol and recorded the best soundtrack song of 2013. Did I mention it's only February? When the snippet of "Almost Home" leaked last week, I was slightly concerned. It was pleasant but I feared Mariah's latest vocal master class might be a tad boring. As it turns out, the Stargate-produced mid-tempo ballad is the record-breaking diva's most contemporary offering since E=MC2.

Even more excitingly, Mariah unleashes the powerful pipes that enchanted Australia in January and delivers one of her best vocal performances in years. The chorus is a thing of beauty and the runs at the end of the song are epic.

Oz is shaping up to be a box office hit, so "Almost Home" could be a great platform for the relaunch of the Lamb Whisperer if radio plays along.

Rating: 8.5/10.


Mariah Carey delivers. - AOL Music Blog
A movie as epic as Oz The Great and Powerful deserves an equally as memorable soundtrack. Luckily, Mariah Carey delivers.

"Almost Home," a song from the upcoming film, kicks off with a thumping beat as powerful as Mimi's vocals. The Stargate-produced track is the quintessential movie anthem, underscoring the timeless Wizard of Oz quest to go home.

"'Almost Home' has a message that works beautifully with the film," Carey said in a press release. "It's a feel-good record; it gives you the feeling of reaching your home and being with people that you love."


Mariah's talent is undeniable - Soul Culture (UK)
Stargate provides the sweeping musical backdrop for Mariah’s renowned voice as she sings the homecoming ballad. Her range is still without equal and even on something as mass-produced as a Disney single, the talent is still undeniable. The rumour mill suggests Mariah is in the studio working on her latest album with plans for a release this year.

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