Enlisting Miguel is probably one of the smartest musical moves Mariah Carey has made in years. Her struggle for relevancy has plagued her output for a long time now, so collaborating with a young, relevant and credible artist like him, especially at this stage in his career, is really quite shrewd. And while the idea of what these two could create together works great in theory, in reality it ends up feeling like another reminder that Carey is still an artist very much in need of a hit.
‘Beautiful’ (which we’re ignoring is really titled ‘#Beautiful’) isn’t a terrible song, it just goes through a lot of effort (writer credits include by Carey, Miguel, Nathan Perez, Brook Davis & Happy Perez) to be this middle-of-the-road. The hope was that Miguel’s musical influence would be felt more strongly on the track, after all he proved with Kaleidoscope Dream that a leftist, more creative approach can still be a viable success (both critically and commercially); Unfortunately that wasn’t to be, instead he assists Carey on what is just another really safe ready-for-radio ballad. That said, with everything so inoffensive ‘Beautiful’ will probably serve Mariah well as a single.