There are no traces left of the emotional crisis Mariah Carey experienced two years ago. The singer, who collapsed during a promotional trip and sent confusing voice messages to her official web site, took some rest and made a comeback after the biggest flop of her career (Glitter). Now she has come back stronger from the struggle.
The fact that she has found her powers again was proved by the satire opening of her concert at the Ahoy Stadium in Rotterdam. From the back of the venue, she came to the stage surrounded by bodyguards. From the moment she came on stage she was horded by a small army of faux-photographers she had to beat away. “Living is suffering, especially if it’s in the spotlights”, she seemed to say with her arrival, but it’s my life.
Carey changed into a new ensemble for nearly every song, always looks for a nonchalant counterpart to her glamorous style, she often uses rappers to give her songs a more raw hard edge. But to Carey’s own credit, her voice is a show-voice. She can go all ways with it, but it has an indeterminate emotion. Is Carey driven, sad or happy? Her voice disguises these questions very skillfully. On her October 8 concert, she regularly used her signature mark: hitting notes so high that only dogs can hear. It garnished her a lot of appreciation from her fans.
Accompanied by a small band and four mighty backup singers, her gospel-esque songs, such as “Through The Rain” and “My Saving Grace” sounded impressive. Because of those backing singers, the concert had some soul.
Carey sang songs from her entire career and a couple from her latest album Charmbracelet. During the show the dancers’ parts became shorter and the show concentrated more on Carey, who often was away to change clothes, but when she was there she showed a lot of devotion. She came down from the top of the stage on a swing, then she stretched out on a grand piano to sing on further. Carey’s ad-lids to the audience became more relaxed, as her band introduction was completely sang.
It was also striking that she often referenced to the space cakes that make our country such a nice place to be.
Source: NRC Online (Translated by Meindert Leegwater)