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Mariah Carey arrives (several years too) late

American singer's concert in Israel started an hour late, and when it did the audience learned she wasn't the same golden-voiced diva from 25 years ago.

Those who grew up watching MTV in the 90s couldn't help but fall in love with Mariah Carey.

 

The good girl with the five-octave golden voice conquered stages, and pleased more and more ears every time her videos aired.

 

 

Tuesday, about two and a half decades too late, the Israeli audience at the Live Park Amphitheater in Rishon Lezion got a Mariah that was a little different. One who is in the middle of the fifth decade of her life, looks very cautious, calculated, and, it seems after her recent vocal incidents, one who's afraid of taking risks.

 

The concert started and hour late, and opened with a few mediocre performances, in which the background singers covered for Carey through every single song. When Carey did manage to reach the famous tones that made her who she is, the audience applauded enthusiastically, and she replied by saying "Toda" and "Ani ohevet etchem" ("Thank you" and "I love you" in Hebrew, respectively).

 

Watch Mariah Carey perform 'It's Like That' (Video: Yaron Sharon)    (צילום: ירון שרון)

Watch Mariah Carey perform 'It's Like That' (Video: Yaron Sharon)

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שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

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הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

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But for those who watched Carey in her better years, this was hard to take. The singer who brought us huge throat-straining and heart-wrenching hits, also managed on Tuesday, by her own hand and microphone, to ruin one of her best and most successful songs, "My All" – a sad moment in her first Holy Land show ever.

 

Watch Mariah Carey perform 'Emotions' (Video: Yaron Sharon)    (צילום: ירון שרון)

Watch Mariah Carey perform 'Emotions' (Video: Yaron Sharon)   (ירון שרון)

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

The special performance (which Carey usually avoids these days) of the song "I'll Be There" (originally by the Jackson 5) wasn't up to the high standards she herself established in the 90s.

 

Watch Mariah Carey perform 'Shake It Off' (Video: Yaron Sharon)    (צילום: ירון שרון)

Watch Mariah Carey perform 'Shake It Off' (Video: Yaron Sharon)

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

Some comfort came in the last third of the show – after a few rest periods and a change of dresses – when Carey came on stage to perform her classic hits "Without You" and "Hero". Only then, long after 11pm, did it seem that something had opened in Mariah, and happily it wasn't one of the ultra-tight dresses made by the Israeli designer who provided her wardrobe.

 

Photo: Yaron Brener
Photo: Yaron Brener

Photo: Yaron Brener
Photo: Yaron Brener

Photo: Yaron Brener
Photo: Yaron Brener

Photo: Yaron Brener
Photo: Yaron Brener

  

Finally, at this point Carey managed to supply the goods, and for the first time in a grueling night, to come ever-so-slightly close to touching the emotions of those present. But it was too little and nearly too late.

 

After a night where Carey didn't bring her famous voice, hardly moved on stage at all (as we said, condom dresses), and always took the safe side – with the background singers and excellent orchestra accompanying her and overshadowing her vocal abilities – it wasn't really satisfying, even considering the fact that this was the diva's first show in Israel after all these years.

 


פרסום ראשון: 08.19.15, 23:55
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