Mariah Carey’s comeback single not quite “Triumphant”

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.

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Pop Music News – July 31, 2012

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This year’s VMAs are all about Rihanna and Drake

Take Care - Drake featuring Rihanna - music video

Remember last year when everyone was so pissed that Rihanna was snubbed at the VMAs? This year is a completely different story as Rihanna leads the pack with five nominations. Frequent Rihanna collaborator Drake also has five.

Lady Gaga isn’t nominated for anything, although given the quality of her work in the past year, I’m not really surprised. This year’s nominations include one for Best Video With a Message, a ridiculous title for a ridiculous category. Why not just call it Most Inspiring Video?

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#MusicMonday – Maximo Park – “Hips and Lips”

Maximo Park - The National Health

In celebration of the London Summer Games, I’m featuring a British act today!

Described by the Rolling Stone as the crossroads of 
Joy Division, Franz Ferdinand and early Joe Jackson, Maximo Park is an alternative rock band from the U.K. whose album The National Health was just released digitally July 3.

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The Veronicas’ comeback single “Lolita” sounds familiar

The Veronicas - Lolita

Y’all know I love The Veronicas, but I just can’t into their new single.

“Lolita”, the first offering from the Aussie girl band after five years, is one generic affair.  This song is a Frankenstein of everything that is popular today. Clearly inspired by Ellie Goulding, the song’s opening borrows (copies?) the sparkling synths of “Lights”. Sprinkles of dubstep in the breakdown closely resemble Britney Spears’ latest album. And the climactic moments are all too familiar.

The one saving grace of “Lolita” is the lyrics, which thankfully isn’t about grinding with somebody and sweating it out on the dance floor. The group’s signature screaming makes an appearance towards the end of each chorus — predictable for The Veronicas, but I quite enjoy this part.

When “Untouched” came out a few years ago, it was ahead of its time, having a dance-pop sound that was only about to explode. After a long hiatus, The Veronicas should have released something more fresh, more inspired, more edgy. “Lolita” just isn’t that. I’m still looking forward to their new album though.

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Pop Music News: July 29, 2012

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