"Triumphant (Get 'Em)"

After an eventful hiatus – one marriage, two babies, an $18 million American Idol contract – Carey has returned to her true calling: shattering stemware with falsetto trills. For most of this song she's bewilderingly AWOL, ceding the spotlight to Meek Mill and Rick Ross, who ably do their thing (i.e., brag about money). When Carey does turn it up, she's on-point, a self-help guru with a five-octave range.

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From The Archives Issue 1164: August 30, 2012