Single Review: Mariah Carey “It’s Like That”

It’s Like That
Album: Emancipation of Mimi
Year: 2005

In the latest issue of Blender, Mariah Carey finally admits “Glitter” was horrible. She said “it was all over the place. It was one of those things that was thrown together.” She’s also “a child at heart,” according to L.A. Reid.

Well, yeah. She’s been “a child at heart” for several years. It’s only now it’s being acknowledged. She gives her albums titles which evoke childlike images (Music Box, Charmbracelet) or could be scrapped names for the new Bonne Bell lipgloss flavors (Daydream, Rainbow, Glitter.)

In the Jermaine Dupri produced “It’s Like That,” Carey goes to a club to relax and forget her troubles. Carey sings in her normal voice, leaving behind the whispery vocals which hindered the album “Charmbracelet.” She’s surveying the men in the club and notices one looking at her. She’s buzzed from the drink and beckons him to dance with her. (“I came to have a party/Open up the Bacardi/Feeling so hot tamale/Boy I know you watchin’ me/So what’s it gonna be?…I’m lifted and I like it…Baby, come and get it/
If you’re really feeling me”).

She’s letting loose for a couple hours and only wants to have a good time. (“‘Cause it’s my night/No stress, no fights/I’m leaving it all behind/No tears, no time to cry/Just making the most of life”).

Everyone is dancing and flirting, including Carey and her girlfriends. (“Everybody is livin’ it up/All the fellas keep lookin’ at us (’cause me and my girls on the floor like what/While the DJ keeps on spinning the cut/It’s like that y’all”).

She brims with confidence, telling the guy who has been eyeing that he likes her moves. (“You like this and you know it/Caution, it’s so explosive”). She says she’s hot and smooth (“Them chickens is ash and I’m lotion”). She’s done dealing with her insecurities and enjoying her newfound positive self-esteem.(“It’s a special occasion/Mimi’s emancipation/A cause for celebration/I ain’t gonna let nobody’s drama bother me”).

Fatman Scoop’s short rap is useless. He adds shouts of “let’s go Now (what), let’s go now (what)” until the end. Scoop is noisy and irritating. She still hasn’t learned that less is more, in terms of a number of people in one song. Carey is youthful and exuberant in her delivery. It helps she’s singing above a murmur. People will be able to actually hear “It’s Like That” without having to turn the volume way up.

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