From The Vault: Mariah Carey – ‘Never Too Far’

Published: Sunday 28th May 2017 by Joe

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!

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  1. The A Team May 28, 2017

    Ugh Love this song
    tbh this album is gold certified, its not as tragic everyone makes it out to be

  2. JOHNVIDAL May 28, 2017

    People in Spain loved this song. It wasn´t the type of R&B-hip-hop Mariah Carey was going for since her big change in 1997, so it was more loved here than the other singles she was putting out during that time. People love the big vocals, especially in Europe. R&B is just not popular in Europe, compared to pop, dance or rock… just no. That´s why Mariah´s overall album sales changed from 1997 and on too worldwide. You can have a monumental R&B hit in the USA (well, not lately), but very difficult to do it worldwide. Overall that´s why I´ve always thought Mariah´s huge change of direction is one of the bravest risks I´ve seen anyone take in maisntream music ever.

  3. Jamon May 28, 2017

    Great song, but how can you shade the song of the decade. I would love to hear another we belong together, also don’t

    • Jamon May 28, 2017

      *don’t forget about us

  4. DanYiel Iman May 28, 2017

    This is my jam still ??✅

  5. Theman May 28, 2017

    She has a ton of great ballads outside of this one. Tf are you talking about?

    • Junior in Jamaica May 28, 2017


  6. Monica May 28, 2017

    A beautiful song this should have been a hit like faded

  7. Shaquiiii May 29, 2017

    one of the greatest vocal performances of all time.

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