The Emancipation of Mimi
“It’s Like That” refuses to give in to stress, strife and sadness. The gospel tune “Fly Like a Bird” talks of God’s love and strength, quoting Psalm 30:5 and Deuteronomy 31:6. Couples accept responsibility for mistakes, longing to salvage strained relationships (“Mine Again,” “One and Only”). On “Joy Ride” and “We Belong Together” it’s important that partners support each other during tough times.
Provocative CD photos emphasize Carey’s figure. While not explicit, cuts allude to sexual intimacy in questionable contexts. The singer yearns to have an ex lying by her side (“We Belong Together”), considers an invitation to “Stay the Night,” uses “naughty thoughts” to tempt a guy (“Your Girl”) and makes a steamy hot-tub proposition (“Get Your Number”). Guest rappers fantasize about her. One gets “buck wild” with a woman in a bathroom (“Say Something”). Profanities include a barely censored s-word and “m----f---er.” Bacardi and Cristal are beverages of choice.
When trading stress for peace, rebuilding romance or relating God’s love, Mimi’s liberation rocks. Sadly, sexual freedom seems to be a higher priority. Casting herself in the role of an intoxicating goddess, Carey once again lets edgy language and sensuality trump her vocal talents.