Mariah Carey's "The Art of Letting Go" Single Is a Return to '90s Form

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If '90s-era Mariah Carey made a baby with "The Trouble With Love Is"-era Kelly Clarkson, you'd have Mariah Carey's new single, "The Art of Letting Go," which was released Monday on the singer's Facebook page. Because not only does the single boast a hook and lyrics that are thematically quite similar to the American Idol's Thankful hit (made famous by Love, Actually), but it seems a return to form for Carey, who has spent the majority of the millennium living in the utopia of Auto-Tune (where many other artists like to take up residence as well these days). 

One listen to "The Art of Letting Go" will remind nostalgics of Carey's Daydream or Butterfly — albums that saw the musician making use of her insane five-octave register. Just how low (and high) can she still go? "The Art of Letting Go" seems to indicate that she hasn't quite let go of her range yet — shawty gets low, low, low, low. Sure, the lyrics might be cheesy — with a chorus that expresses, "Letting go ain't easy / It's just exceedingly hurtful / Somebody you used to know is flinging your world around / and they watch as you're falling down" — but, hey, we love the '90s now, so let's hold on to and not dismiss "The Art of Letting Go."

Take a listen to Carey's new single below!


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