Mariah Carey opened her show at Hollywood and Highland (the first of the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush series) with “I’ll Love U Long Time.” It was just a come-on; either that or Carey has entered another dimension where a one-hour show (including some 20 minutes of down time, mostly breaks for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which broadcast the first two of six tunes performed) can be considered long.
Or perhaps Carey was being ironic; she also ended the evening by cooing “We Belong Together” as she was heading out the door.
Even when she was onstage, it wasn’t much of a perf. After entering through frosted doors emblazoned with her MC logo, Carey did little more than pose: one hand on her hip, the other flitting beside her face, waving and smiling to one of many cell phone cameras in the crowd; and her favorite, turning to the side and looking flirtily over her shoulder. She even demanded a mic stand (mirrored, like the mic and the giant “MARIAH” sign behind her) but only used it to lean on.
She did sing, but as on her recent “E=MC2” (Island), she was surprisingly restrained. Even Young Jeezy, who joined her for “Side Effect,” was more animated vocally. Only during “Together” did she let fly with octave-spanning lines that were her trademark. And then she left.