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There were all of these high notes on it... why suppress it?

- Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey, James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III, Terry Lewis & James “Big Jim” Wright
Produced by Mariah Carey, James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III & Terry Lewis


5:45     Album Version


  • ‘Rainbow’ shows Carey revisiting an area of her singing that has been less prominent on her last few albums: the remarkably high upper register of her voice.

    Once a signature of her performing style, criticism of its supposed overuse inspired her to “pull back” for several years, she says. “It always remained within the texture of my songs, but it was no longer the focal point. And that was fine. You can get too much of a good thing, I guess.”

    ‘Rainbow’ brings those glass-shattering notes back to the forefront of several cuts, including “Heartbreaker” and the rhythm ballad “Bliss.”

    "I was in the studio with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and we were working on a track, and there were all of these high notes on it. I was ready to take them off, and they were like, 'What are you doing? This is what you're known for. Leave it!' " Carey recalls. "I thought, 'Why not? I think of my voice as a gift from God. Why suppress it?' " - Billboard “Columbia’s Carey Unveils Rainbow" 10/16/1999 Larry Flick
  • A lush rhythm ballad that Carey says was “heavily influenced by Minnie Ripperton,” given its chorus of fluttering high notes. - Billboard “'Rainbow' Displays Array Of Styles" 10/16/1999 Larry Flick

  • On "Rainbow," Carey dives even further into the roots of R&B. The Minnie Riperton-inspired "Bliss" is five minutes and 44 seconds of hot-buttered soul. "I can't even think that high," marveled producer Jimmy Jam when Carey recorded the song. "It's not that she can hit the notes," Jam says. "A lot of people hit the notes. But the runs and trills that people do in a normal register she does at the top of her voice.”  Newsweek "Mariah On Fire" by Veronica Chambers - November 14, 1999


1999 Released on the Rainbow album.
2010 Included on the Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey compilation.



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