Mariah’s 2009’s Eminem dis “Obsessed” was her last top 10 hit. But her new song “Almost Home” from the soundtrack of Oz The Great And Powerful will place her back on the top of the charts.
Mariah understands how to keep her sound fresh and relevant better than possibly any other pop star with 20-plus years of hits. Though “Almost Home” boasts Mariah’s honey-laced multi-octave range, the song’s true pop friendliness lies on the production from Stargate.
The music shifts several times during its course, moving from a militaristic, uplifting mid-tempo to a gritty, knocking underground hip-hop track before settling on an easy EDM bed that Katy Perry would have loved.
“Almost Home” essentially incorporates bits of Perry, Kelly Clarkson and the Black Eyed Peas without losing Mariah in the mix.
The song is receiving positive reaction online. “Honestly, ‘Almost Home’ parted the red sea! It has powers!” wrote one Twitter user. “Mariah on Fya,” wrote Twitter user Anthony Lorenzo. “Very Disney, but amazing layering.”
Mariah's last single, "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," released in August, reached No. 46 on the R&B charts, but failed to impact Billboard's Hot 100 chart.