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Mariah Carey is taking her sweet, sweet time with this comeback.

As promised in her tousled hair teaser last month, the iconic chanteuse premiered her duet with Miguel “#Beautiful” today (the hashtag in the title is real, very real), the lead single from her follow-up to 2009’s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.

Like last summer’s mostly terrible “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” with Meek Mill and Rick Ross, the vocal powerhouse arrives late to her own party, casually strolling into the production around the 1:30 mark.

Unlike her rapper-heavy, whisper-filled 2012 disaster, Mariah’s actually singing on this one—and there’s a solid melody the whole way through. Glory be, Lambily!

Gliding across a sultry guitar strum and a chugging drum beat, the two singers take turns exchanging sweet nothings: “You’re beautiful/Good Lord, you’re fucking beautiful/And I can’t pretend that that doesn’t mean a thing to me,” they soulfully swoon. Ah, romance.

There’s lots to love about the production, but it’s really all about the return of vocal Mimi: She’s actually belting, fluttering up and down those Guinness World Record-breaking scales (“Oh, how you thrill me!”). And of course, in true Mimi fashion, there are those heaven-sent whistle notes echoing in the background during the final seconds.

The combination of that lazy strum and honey-sweet croonage is a total breath of fresh, feel-good air (like a spritz of Mariah Carey’s Dreams, available now at Kohl’s), and also perfectly suited for the approaching season: I’m already daydreaming about laying out in the sun and letting this one blast from the speakers on repeat. (Well, this and Britney‘s soon-to-be summer Smurfs smash “Ooh La La,” obviously.)

My one gripe? “#Beautiful” is solid, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that it plays like a Miguel song featuring Mariah Carey. Could you allow yourself to be the only act on your next single, Mimi? ‘Cause we’d really love to hear a Mariah Carey single by Mariah Carey. Oh—and no more hashtags. Ever.

Keep calm and remain #beautiful.

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#Beautiful was released on May 6. (iTunes)

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  • Rory

    OKAYYY – Welcome back, Mariah. Good to have you here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=124301150 Zane Hight

    The song is actually good, albeit short and devoid of Mariah for a solid half of it. That said, at least Miguel is a marked improvement over some anonymous rapper. I mean, couldn’t you just imagine the version with Pitbull? Delightful. :/

  • http://davidsask.wordpress.com/ DavidSask

    Exactly what I blogged about why is this bitch featuring on all her own songs? I will laugh if Jlo’s new song tomorrow with Pitbull kicks her ass!!

  • http://twitter.com/dosomethin2nite dosomethin2nite

    I will forever LOVE Mariah Carey & she is easily my favorite singer but I have to agree with u, this is an amazing record but it annoys me that it’s Miguel ft. Mariah when it should be the other way around. Either way, the song is beautiful (no pun intended). I just really hope it doesn’t get overshadowed by that new Genericbull record.

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  • G

    This song is stunning!

    I just wish it wasn’t edited. Why curse on a record if you’re just going to cut it out & have an awkward silence instead? Oh well. I guess that’s just Mimi’s style, seeing as she did the same —- thing Emancipation era…

  • Lance

    Lets see what the critics say about generic Jlo song no. 3

  • Jess

    The # stands in for the f word, just for the record.

    And it’s funny Mariah think Mariah is a diva and ego-centric, yet are now criticizing her for highlighting another artist on her own track. What does that matter when the track is good?