What we do know is that “You’re Mine” has arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day (the song is now available for download on iTunes, Lamb lovers!), and it plays like a bit of a retread of Carey’s 2005 smash, “We Belong Together.” Don’t believe us? Then head below to see what the critics had to say about the Rodney Jerkins-produced track. (Hint: They’re also hearing shades of Mimi’s hit Emancipation Of... ballad.)MTV‘s wig has been blown back by Mimi’s powerful pipes: “With a sound and style reminiscent of Carey’s hit, ‘We Belong Together,’ the R&B songstress proves why she’s still the fiercest diva in the game. Mimi shows off her impressive range throughout the song, but it’s the note at the end of the track that is bound to leave her devoted Lambily not only mesmerized by her vocals, but yearning for more.”
:: Billboard calls “You’re Mine” a “breathy, enjoyably straightforward love ballad” while noting that it “could have hummed forward to turn into a sleepy R&B track, but thankfully, Carey gets to operate over some stormy production and percolating beats before nailing that inevitable high note in the final minute.”
:: The song is giving Entertainment Weekly a toothache: “How sweet is too sweet? Trick question: There’s no such thing if you’re Mariah Carey.”
:: Stupid Dope has this to say: “The track is an interesting R & B meets electro number driven by some smooth ass piano melodies, which gets paired up with some rattling, addictive drums that makes a nice home for Mariah, and Trey on the remix.”
:: Popdust brands the single “the perfectly crafted Valentine’s Day treat,” and points out that, “yes, those candy hearts are our favorites, too.”
:: TIME chimes in: “It’s a gaseous, fluffy ballad that feels like a direct descendent of the song that rang in her mid-career renaissance, 2005’s mega-hit ‘We Belong Together:’ plinking piano melodies, a typically fluttering Carey vocal take, and a very similar beat. Only time will tell if ‘You’re Mine (Eternal)’ can duplicate that song’s record-breaking success…”
:: Finally, Chart Rigger — aka me — sums Mimi’s latest up with this: “The song premiered just a few minutes ago, and at first it comes off like a rehash of ‘We Belong Together.’ But then that chugging synth ‘n’ bass kick in, and Mimi whistle-shrieks at the end just like old times, and it’s all over, friends. It’s all over, and we’re all the better for it.”
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