It’s a new year for Mariah Carey and she is hoping that it will be better than how 2016 ended.

It’s no secret that Mariah Carey hasn’t had the best luck in music lately.  The debacle of her Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years’ Eve performance aside, two of her last three albums barely topped gold in the US and the last one didn’t even manage to sell 150,000 copies in the six months after its release.

Starting off with the opening notes and vocals of Donell Jones’ Where I Wanna Be, the torch singer sticks to her style of singing about lost love.  In a grateful contrast to her last single, Infinity, the singer has allowed the producers of the track to bring down the octave range to better suit her older voice.  Because of that, she sound a lot stronger tonally and the vocal quality is a lot richer and less yelling that she has in recent years.  YG’s verse and spoken lines after the choruses are okay, but aren’t the most ear-catching thing you’ll hear from the emcee.  That may not be his fault, though, as the production feels like it drags a little due to the juxtaposition of the slower sample with the more mid-tempo totality of the beat.  Carey sounds a little sleepy as well, but her abilities as a singer do make up for that some.

The lyrics are pretty much template Mariah Carey; all about how her ex lied and now she’s moving on to better things with only a little regret.  We know that her love life has taken a turn since our review of the last album, but the songstress has been singing these types of songs for over thirty years now.  We would really like her to sing about something happy.

The song isn’t the best the Carey has released, but it does show that she is adjusting to new personal reality and is better than we expected.  Here’s hoping the new album really allows her to return to form.