"Thirsty" is a good song, but Def Jam, please do not turn an eye on "You Don't Know What To Do." It's what the general public seems to love and are deeming the "song of summer 2014." She needs a song to sell the album, and this will do that -- and appeal to ALL of her core formats at radio, ensuring a hit. "Thirsty" is a better fall single.
The single is a lush, appealing dance track that rides the wave of the
disco revival that has lately been led by Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, a
posthumous MJ, and others. And while Wale's rap verses don't add much
to the track (he does throw in a nod to one of the singer's earlier, and
and far more charismatic, collaborators, the late O.D.B.), Carey’s
vocals, great production, and a catchy chorus make it perfect for the
summer season. After a string of failed lead single releases, Carey may
have finally found a track that could return her to the top of the
MTV: Mariah Carey and Wale just debuted your new summer jam ... "You Don't Know What To Do" has the breezy, throwback bounce that we've come to expect from the singer. Like, it will fit into my "SUMMER OF MIMI" playlist so perfectly, right in between "Honey" and "Heartbreaker."
Gawker: Mariah Carey debuted disco throwback song "You Don't Know What To Do" (from Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse) earlier on Today. This is exactly the kind of stuff she should be making. If this is a single, it could be the song of the summer (or at a personal summer jam favorite). You've been warned.
Idolator: Mariah Carey debuted a new song, "You Don’t Know What to Do" featuring Wale, on May 16 at TODAY. She appeared as she did at this year's BET Honors – in a slinky black dress, while draped over a baby grand piano. But the song isn't the same sort of throwback to nightclub jazz. Instead, it delivers a sleek, contemporary update to late '70s disco. It's what Daft Punk (and Pharrell) did in last year’s song of the summer, "Get Lucky." Her angelic voice sounds terrific here. And actually, the overall vibe seems more fitting than the modern-day club settings that she roams in “Thirsty” — another song that she debuted this week, with and without verses from Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan, from her new album Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse. “You Don’t Know What to Do” is even more of a no-brainer as “#Beautiful” (hashtag and all) was last year. It’s a breezy and effortless disco throwback with a hook that everyone can sing;