A diva to love, just not enough of her
The gold lurex enthusiast, mother of twins and Nicki Minaj nemesis will be making her way to Melbourne for the first time in a whopping 14 years. Ms Carey will be bringing her five octave vocal range to the stage (spoiler: there will be a couch for her to recline luxuriantly on) for just one show. There's been a late release of tickets, so grab a puppy and get down to Etihad Stadium – we'll see you there!
Time Out Sydney's review:
If you’ve taken the time to click on this article and read about Mariah Carey’s recent Sydney show there are a few things you probably want to know right away:
1. “The voice” is still in tact. It’s epic, it’s huge, it’s everything you would think it should be and then some. From the belty climax of ‘Hero’ to that signature Mariah squeal that pierces the finales of songs like ‘Emotions’, it’s all there and showing little sign of wear. Just: wow.
2. People still love Mariah Carey. Actually love her. In fact, the 20-ish bloke sat next to Time Out decided he would scream this several times during the show – and he too could do the Mariah squeal. Excerpt from about midway through ‘Hero’, the pre-encore show closer: “Oh my God, this is happening. She’s singing ‘Hero’. I love you Mariah… I actually do. She has to hear me say this…” And then poof, he was gone… presumably to tell her.
3. It may be a self-aware act or she may just be car-razy (in a great way), but Mariah Carey actually says things like: “If someone doesn’t get me a glass of champagne in one-point-five seconds everyone is fired.” This after she took a bite of Vegemite on stage. (Our friend next to us did not approve: “Don’t do it Mariah – it’s nasty.”)
What did we think of the actual show?
If you’re a ‘Lamb’ – a fan of Ms Carey – then you would have been in field-of-green-grass heaven. Carey was in full diva mode at Allphones, emerging from behind a screen in a shimmering, super-sheer dress looking ridiculously good; she stroked her hair all night like nobody’s business; and she brought a little girl on stage – a six-year-old named Mariah too – for the now requisite “huge star talks to cute kid” routine. And it was all very adorable.
And as we said earlier, there’s that voice. We were digging it hugely on throwback renditions of ‘Always Be My Baby’ and ‘Emotions’, but even on her less vocally demanding recent gear – Emancipation of Mimi tracks like ‘Touch My Body’ and the career-reviving ‘It’s Like That’ – Carey sounded great.
She was also great with the audience. Sure, her stories rambled, but that’s the diva schtick – she’s got all the time in the world, so pull up a stool and prepare to be regaled by a zig-zaggy tale of koala-hugging in the Gold Coast. (We think). Speaking of seating, to see Mariah Carey attempting to sit on a Roccoco-style lounge in that tiny dress while remaining “a lady” was something to behold.
When Carey was on stage, the show was gold. The problem was that she wasn’t on stage enough. There were long exits for pointless costume changes, stretches of filler with her dancers and a song from her backup singer Trey Lorenz (with whom she performed her cover of ‘I’ll Be There’). In all, we’d guess she herself was on stage for a little over an hour – disappointing given that fans had to wait a long time for the show to start, sitting through an admittedly spirited DJ set from Mr Carey, Nick Cannon.
But we guess that’s all part and parcel of being a diva. And all the little Lambs at Allphones Arena didn’t seem to mind at all.