Mariah Carey has done it again with her latest single “You’re Mine (Eternal)”!
The mid-tempo tune, co-written and co-produced with Rodney Jerkins, is a breathless, throbbing quiet storm of a song that relies more on its hypnotic charm than Carey’s vocal pyrotechnics. Instead, she’s fairly subdued throughout much of the song relying on a very deliberate delivery to draw in the listener. However, she picks up speed at the end and hits one of her trademark calling-all-dogs notes around the 3:22 mark.
The video was shot in January 2014 at the El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico by director Indrani. The clip shows Carey covered in glitter while singing in several parts of the Yunque rainforest in Puerto Rico, in addition to scenes of her swimming underwater while wearing an evening gown.
The clip also features Trey Songz seemingly portraying the lover in question who Carey is singing about. The song features Carey shown in a topless scene where the singer is seen perched in front of picturesque waterfalls and exotic greenery, doused in gold glitter, with sparkling butterfly wings on her bare back, and some serious cleavage. The singer Trey Songz is featured in a few topless scenes during the video as well.
If you listen to it, the track sounds like it could have come out in 1990 or 2000 or now in that neither she nor Jerkins felt compelled to put in any whiff of contemporary production, which is, quite honestly, refreshing. While Mimi of the ’00s was very fond of incorporating hip-hop into the mix, she doesn’t do that here. Thank God she revisits her classic, mid-to-late-’90s R&B form to give a romantic, slower jam that celebrates a love she never wants to end.
This is the type of track that made her one of the best-selling divas of her generation. It’s very much about her voice and pristine production, without all the added urban bells and whistles.
Christina Garibaldi of MTV called Carey’s vocal runs “impressive” and reminded her of “We Belong Together”. She said: “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.”
Jason Lipshutz of Billboard commanded the overall production of the song and highlighted the last note Carey notched at the end of the song, complimenting the song as being a “breathy, enjoyably straightforward love ballad” while complimenting her last note calling it “inevitable”
Jamieson Cox of Time also compared the song to “We Belong Together”: “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.”
Jeff Benjamin of Fuse described Carey as the master on what she’s doing : “the new single is placed between the R&B and Pop sound that only Mariah knows how to do“. The writer also compared the production of the song to Touch My Body and Always Be My Baby and noted how impressive the last whistle “was”
Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush awarded the song a three stars out of possible five and compared the song to Carey music in the late 90’s and described Carey’s vocals by “soaring”: “Mariah Carey revisits her classic, mid-to-late-’90s R&B form with her new single ‘You’re Mine (Eternal),’ a romantic, slower jam that celebrates a love she never wants to end.[…]”That is, until the 3:20 mark. That’s when Carey goes for it, with one of her acrobatic vocal runs.”
That said, the song is a bit more dated than it is a throwback. It feels like she may have been trying to recapture the sound of her glory days since that formula has served her well, but her last few tracks haven’t gained as much traction at radio. ’90s nostalgia is rampant right now, so if Carey can take advantage of that, more power to her.
Could this get Carey back on the charts? Billboard thinks that this song will probably not going to fit in at Hot 100, but it could definitely see some love at Adult Contemporary and Adult R&B radio. Well, I’ll make sure to keep a close look out at that.
A remix featuring guest vocals by Trey Songz was also made available to download digitally alongside the release of the original solo version featuring only Carey in each territory. In an interview with MTV News, Carey praised Songz for his involvement on the song: “I love what he did to the song because I feel like he gave us a lot of different moments artistically … Most people can’t sing, rap, and have a sound that’s current yet also classic.”
A video for the remix version of the song was filmed on February 4, 2014 by director Chris Robinson. It premiered on BET’s “106 & Park” on Friday February 14, 2014.
Did you know? Mariah’s “You’re Mine” underwater swimming scenes were shot not far from where she shot “Honey.” Seeing Mariah in the water immediately brings to mind the sultry, unforgettable moment in that 1997 music video when she dove into a pool in a dress and stripped it off to reveal a chic nude bikini underneath. They need to rename that area the “Mariah Carey Swim District.”
“You’re Mine (Eternal),” will be on Carey’s much-delayed new album. Her new album will be coming out May 6, and is no longer called “The Art of Letting Go.” The singer expressed frustration over her album title leaking last year and as of now, the album remains untitled.