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Mariah Carey performs at the Fox in Atlanta

mariahLeather, fur, metallics, shades, open-toe stilettos … and that was in the Fox Theatre lobby before the show started.

And the show did finally start at 9 p.m. when pop star Mariah Carey descended from high above wearing a gold bodice and fluffy white tulle skirt. Granted, almost all headliners start after ticket time – but the crowd had to sit through song after song after song by Michael Jackson and his brothers. Some in the exasperated crowd, which included grade-school girls and fashionable tweens, started booing during song breaks to get Ms. Mariah’s attention (it didn’t work).

Atlanta’s own music mogul Jermaine Dupri helped her open the party scene with “Shake it Off” from her immensely successful “Emancipation of Mimi” comeback album. With a perfect tan, she sashayed and pranced her way through songs and wardrobe changes – from the full gold ruching to a long gold halter gown to short silver sequined sheath with mini fur jacket to long black sequined gown. She was visually stunning, even if we had to sit through her Betty Boop imitations.

The big question of the night: Did she act crazy … or tipsy? The answer is no. In fact, she playfully joked throughout the night especially when she took “tinsy ladylike sips” of “apple juice.” And she acknowledged her love affair with fans (the kind that keep her hair in perpetual flight) saying, “It is what it is.”

As for her singing, I’m having mixed feelings. At points it was reminiscent of the vocal prowess from her first album. At other times, marshmallow-soft air notes evaporated in the crowd (a friend suggested she wouldn’t be able to win “American Idol” with that performance).

Truth be told, I have bought Mariah CDs and still listen to them, but there were times Tuesday I couldn’t figure out if there was some occasional lip-synching. Which on the surface wouldn’t be terrible if she put on a high-energy show like Beyonce or Lady Gaga. But let’s be honest: the only sweat Mariah works up is when she’s air boxing with that right arm.

Aside from the shirtless Adonis that kept heating up the stage and the aerial ribbon dancers, all in all the show was … well, I’d love to hear from fans who paid $89 to $129 for tickets.

7 comments Add your comment

Boogers for the children fund

January 21st, 2010
9:49 am

Ugh! She is such a dog…arf, arf!

Rob

January 21st, 2010
11:59 am

This is on of the worst reviews, I have ever read. Take it from a person that was front, and center at this amazing show. MC moved the crowd… with flawless vocals, hitting those beautiful high notes that only Mariah can reach. She got an amazing response to “Obsessed” her debut single from her hit a;bum Memoirs of an imperfect Angel. Although the crowd was a little impatient, They forgot all about the wait when the gorgeous diva came to the stage, and for the record; She was onstage around the same time as every other previous show on the tour.

Lady Gaga and Beyonce are great arists, but have nowhere near the vocal capability of Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey isn’t the biggest selling female artist for nothing… This show was AMAZING!

Dang

January 22nd, 2010
12:37 pm

To me, this says it all: She couldn’t even sell out THE FOX…over 1,000 tix went unsold and the audience was make up of a LOT of comps. The reason she’s the “biggest selling female artist” is simple…most of her sales were from when she SANG. Besides, that was the only way to hear her. In 20 years, she’s only done, what, 5 tours? Her “lambs” live up to their name and don’t want to admit it. She’s not what she used to be.

Boogers for the children fund

January 25th, 2010
10:42 am

Oh brother…yet another bust. M Carey was so over-rated to being with that she had but on direction to proceed and deservedly so that is DOWN.

BOOOO Mariah You suck!!

Great ATL Guy

February 1st, 2010
7:53 am

Classless hoodlum with money made from ignoramuses who don’t know any better than to throw their money away on this bimbo.

Lala Sanchez Margues

February 1st, 2010
10:48 pm

Mariah is a great singer. I wish she’d do more tours. Beyonce comes to Atlanta once a year maybe even twice.

I’ve been disappointed with Mariah after the Rainbow album…even that was wack.

Boogers for the children fund

February 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

Perhaps if Mariah toured under the stage name “Hogette” she might be more successful…