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After 3 singles from The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah Carey drops a new single not included on the album. "Don't Forget About Us" is another collaboration with Jermaine Dupri, Mariah's key artistic partner of the moment. This is more of the forumula that made "We Belong Together" so huge. Mariah Carey sounds confident, composed, and assured of another hit.
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- It doesn't mess with the brilliant formula of "We Belong Together"
- Mariah is clearly settling into a more mature style of vocals
- Those wanting variety from Mariah Carey need to look elsewhere
- Midtempo beat between "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off"
- Confident vocals in a lower range than early in Mariah Carey's career
- Lyrical musings on reluctance to let go of memories when a relationship goes sour
Guide Review - Don't Forget About Us - Mariah Carey (Island)
Mariah Carey certainly knows a hit formula when she sees one. After three hit singles from her comeback album The Emancipation Of Mimi, she has unveiled a new single only release put together with the help of Jermaine Dupri. "Don't Forget About Us" is cut from a similar cloth to "We Belong Together," Carey's massive hit single from earlier in 2005. This new cut is nearly as strong as "We Belong Together" and marginally better than "Shake It Off." It shouldn't be long before we see "Don't Forget About Us" in the pop top 10.
Carey sounds very comfortable in her new, lower register singing voice. There is occasional, mostly background, trademark warbling in the upper ranges, but the focus is on a more mature, soulful vocal style. "Don't Forget About Us" is tailor made for the radio. If you are a fan of the post-comeback Mariah Carey, this song is for you.