Mariah Carey is the “Hero” we deserve in 2020, and her timely single “Save The Day” is all the proof we need. Featuring a sample of Lauryn Hill‘s bridge in the iconic Fugees‘ song “Killing Me Softly,” the previously unreleased track spreads a message of unity that we desperately need today.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 22, 2020
The original concept for “Save The Day” emerged during a 2011 studio session with Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Randy Jackson. However, the song never saw the light of day until just this year, when Mimi and Dupri realized that the world needed the positive energy now more than ever. “You got a right to your own opinion // But when it comes to the world we live in // Isn’t it time that we start rebuilding,” sings the diva during the first verse. These lyrics heavily apply to the state of the world in the midst of a global pandemic and one of the largest civil rights movements in history. Although the song was written nine years ago, it’s equal parts relevant and uplifting for us today.
While the message behind “Save The Day” is undeniably necessary, some fans have been disappointed by the poorly-worded promise of a Mariah Carey and Lauryn Hill “collaboration.” Whether it can be considered a true collaboration or not remains a matter of opinion, but this doesn’t negate the fact that “Save The Day” is one of Mariah’s best tracks of all time. The production work, courtesy of frequent collaborator Jermaine Dupri (“We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby”), ensures the classic Mariah sound that Lambs have loved since the dawn of her career. Paired with a string of notes that only the “Queen of Christmas” could hit, the song is everything you could ever want from a Mimi deep cut.
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