The first time we heard (a snippet of) Mariah Carey singing Bring It On Home, it was during an Obama fundraiser earlier this year. Well it's no surprise that the full song has now been released, the day after President Obama won his second term in the White House.
Mariah was clearly thrilled at the good news, taking to her twitter to offer her congratulations:
Congratulations to our beloved President Barack Obama, our spectacular First Lady Michelle Obama and the adorable Malia and Sasha. We love youLord only knows what would have happened to the song, and the world, if Obama had lost (that would have been terrible), but thankfully we don't have to worry about that.
Bring It On Home is a mid-tempo, piano-led track that though features familiar themes of struggle and triumph, is done so over an unusually relaxed, rambling backing. It's certainly a change to the conventionally structured pieces Mariah usually dishes out, and it seems to have inspired her to change up her vocals a little, too.
With jazzy inflections (0.32), and a vocal (for the most part) grounded in the mid-range, it's altogether an earthier, more soulful offering. There's still the obligatory whistle notes (maxing out at a B6) but this feels altogether like a more playful, experimental piece- well at least by her standards- omitting that overproduced gloss that a Mariah Carey song can sometimes have.
Also, I'm really glad to hear backing singers! Despite Mariah loving to stack her own voice to create her harmonies, I've always thought she sounded better, and her voice sounded more impressive, when supported by backing singers.I hope we hear more of this on her new album.
Listen to Bring It On Home and let me know what you think in the comments!