Mariah Carey, Miguel make ‘#Beautiful’ music

Currently at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and rising, “#Beautiful” (how does one pronounce the hashtag???) is an easy-going song that should form a nice soundtrack for many listeners this summer.

Featuring Miguel (best known as that singer that took the stage dive a couple weeks back at the Billboard Music Awards), “#Beautiful” eschews the synthy production common in most contemporary pop music. Instead, the song goes for echo: reverbed guitar and vocals with a steady, pounding beat throughout.

What the song lacks in hooks — the chorus is really just “you’re beautiful” and isn’t overly catchy — it makes up with an overall smooth feel. Besides drop-kicking fans, Miguel can really sing. And then there’s Ms. Carey, whose voice alone can carry a song if needed.

“#Beautiful” is just that.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Author: Ryan King

Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.

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