Mariah Carey’s ‘You’re Mine (Eternal)’ a lackluster, formulaic retread

What do you do when you’re a pop music diva who’s used to racking up Number 1 hits and selling multi-platinum albums with ease, and your last few attempts at launching your new project have been met with lukewarm responses and, in some cases, derision?

Well, if you’re Mariah Carey, you put out a new single that reminds everyone of your last great big smash hits, and, throw in a ready-made accompanying video of yourself naked in a jungle while you’re at it.

Released just days before (and, given its candy-hearted cover art, most likely timed to take advantage of) Valentine’s Day, “You’re Mine (Eternal)” is essentially a retread of “We Belong Together,” Ms. Carey’s 2005 comeback single which ruled the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks. “You’re Mine” is actually a closer cousin to “Don’t Forget About Us,” Carey’s other No. 1 hit from her triumphant 2005 comeback, but since that song is itself a retread of “We Belong Together,” I might as well cut to the chase rather than point out that her new single is a retread of a retread. Which I totally just did, anyway. Which makes all of this moot.

But I digress.

Technically, there’s nothing wrong with “You’re Mine (Eternal).” In fact, Rodney Jerkins’s production is very polished and slick. It’s a nice and breezy song that truly harkens back to Mariah at her best, with vocals that remind you of her golden glory days. People have questioned whether or not she could still sing and hit those notes, and this song clearly provides an affirmative answer.

But at the end of the day, it’s all about the feel of the song, and that’s where the main problem lies. While “You’re Mine” is a good single, it all seems too familiar and lacks that element of “new.” More important, there is nothing that sticks with you once you hear the song. It’s simply not that memorable. It would have been great if it was released in 2005, not 2014. It would have certainly made a nice formulaic triptych along with “We Belong Together” and “Don’t Forget About Us.”

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

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