New American Idol judge Mariah Carey is preparing for a comeback, but unfortunately, her lead single doesn’t sound like a hit.
“Triumphant (Get ‘em)” is very classic Mariah. It has a relaxed groove reminiscent of some of Carey’s biggest hits. It’s a classic Pop-RnB affair that fans have come to expect from the veteran pop star. The gospel-influenced chorus is nice and somewhat uplifting.
But the song’s sound — that familiar sound — happens to be one of the song’s drawbacks. The song doesn’t sound or feel fresh. I have to give props to Mariah for not jumping the pop-dance bandwagon, but “Triumphant” offers nothing new.
Even more confusing is the fact that the guest appearances dominate the song. Featured rappers Rick Ross and Meek Mill take the spotlight for most of the song, with Carey reduced to singing the hook.
Mariah, guurrrl, you better bring it harder.