Jan 18 2010

Mariah Performs at the MGM Grand in Foxwoods, CT

< > Mariah Carey Sings Strong at MGM Grand at Foxwoods

Mariah Carey staged a pretty impressive if occasionally erratic 90-minute performance that was musically tight and well choreographed.

Carey is in the very early stages of her “Angels Advocate” tour, her first extended road show in more than three years. She was ably backed by a four-piece band, three singers and numerous exceptional dancers, who often grabbed the attention when the singer slipped off stage for a half-dozen costume changes. Her dresses were all skin tight, typically sparkling and all designed to flaunt her abundant cleavage.

After a brief introduction, the concert kicked off with the thumping dance track “Shake it Off,” the erotic “Touch My Body,” and one of her first vocal showcases of the evening, “Fly Like a Bird,” which peaked with some of her trademark sky-high upper octave notes at the end.

Mid-set standouts included her early smash “Make it Happen,” before “Angels Cry,” the latter which featured two dancers spinning high above the singer’s head.

With tracks such as “The Impossible” (husband Nick Cannon briefly came on-stage and gave her a long kiss after that one); a tasty mash-up of her own “Heartbreaker” with Diana Ross’ “Love Hangover;” Carey’s mega-hit “Emotions;” a fierce rendition of the Eminem-dissing “Obsessed;” and the encore of her classic “Hero,” it was undoubtedly a crowd-pleasing night.

--By Kevin O'Hare, MassLive.com

The Hartford Courant reviewed the concert as well, citing "Emotions," "Heartbreaker" and "Hero" as the show's highlights.

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