Amir wrote:I do have one concern though: I'm not sure it's the best choice for a single. It's similar in style to "Butterfly", but that single ended Mariah's run of consecutive UK Top 10 hits, only landing at 22....
There's one difference now though: While (the very beautiful) "Butterfly" was a second single, hugely in the shadow of the megahit "Honey", "Through The Rain" is the first / leading single for a new Mariah album, which makes it bigger, if you know what I mean.
Also, the song has a clearer melody, catchier chorus than Butterfly, and the lyrics are more accesible (surely more people can relate to "I will make it through the rain" than to "spread your wings and prepare to fly"
), don't get me wrong, "Butterfly" is one of my favourite ballads ever, the lyrics are beautiful, quite inspiring and they metaphors make the song much more artistic than any literally-meaning song, yet for a leading single you might want to put out something easier to understand.
As for the song itself, very nice, love the power vocals from halfway though till the end (makes you think of Vision Of Love and Whitney's "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"), a little bit of a shame with the start - I know a lot of people dislike the breathiness in her 'quiet' voice, but should do alright given that it's being picked up nicely by the media, it's all quite positive stuff.
I know what you mean about ballads though - even Celine Dion releases up-tempos nowadays