This week’s From The Vault is a release that didn’t receive the recognition it deserved.
Today we salute ‘Never Too Far’ by one of the greatest to rock a mic – Mariah Carey.
‘Far’ was issued as the second single from Carey’s ill-fated and oh-so-underrated ‘Glitter’ LP – which served as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. The ballad was baked by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis who had become frequent collaborators of the diva.
Unlike its Top 3 predecessor ‘Loverboy,’ the single failed to make an impact on the US charts, mainly due the fact that Mimi was going through a nervous breakdown, rendering her unable to promote the cut.
Still it was a minor hit in the UK where it reached the Top 40.
As she was in no condition to shoot a music video for the song, its official music video was a segment from the movie where Mimi’s character Billie Frank belts the ballad.
Though chart glory wasn’t in the cards for this song, we here at TGJ love it til this day and consider it one of her last great ballads.
With Mariah working on new music, hopefully we’ll get updated ‘Never Too Far’s and ‘Underneath The Stars’ instead of the usual ‘We Belong Together’ and ‘Touch My Body’ re-hashes. Two songs that slay but have become blueprints that she is over-reliant on these days.
Mimi, the ball’s in your court!