Pop singer Mariah Carey released a new single today, a mellow ballad called “The Art of Letting Go.” The melancholy number finds Carey in fine form, exploring loss over a smooth, orchestral production. The song builds steadily over three and a half minutes, and just when you think that it might be one of Carey’s more controlled performances in years, she brings it home with classic Carey high notes. “It might sound over the top, but when I was singing this song, I felt like I had touched upon certain emotions within myself that I haven’t put on a record in a very long time,” she wrote on Facebook about the track back in October.
The song is also the title of her 14th studio album, which she’s been working on for years. It’s been reported that Jermaine Dupri, Randy Jackson, Q-Tip, R. Kelly, The-Dream, and many others are lending their talents to her new work. “The Art of Letting Go” is the second single to arrive this year; in May, she released “#Beautiful,” a song that featured Miguel.