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Horns and the soulful guitar of Cornell Dupree, a veteran of some of Franklin's gems, punctuate the sassy "If It's Over," a song Carey wrote with Carole King. "She called and wanted me to do a cover of 'Natural Woman,'" Carey says. "I didn't want to, because Aretha's one of my idols and that's an untouchable performance." So King flew in from her home in Idaho and spent a day improvising with Carey.

– New York Magazine September 1991 - Chris Smith “Pop Meteor Mariah Carey Reaches Back to Aretha for Emotions [1]

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"If It's Over" is a song by Mariah Carey from her second album, "Emotions," but it was also released as a single on Mariah's EP, "MTV Unplugged." The song was written by Mariah Carey and Carole King, and produced by Mariah Carey & Walter Afanasieff. The single was released in 1992.

Song Information[]

Several months after the release of "Emotions," Mariah performed the song during her appearance on the television show, "MTV Unplugged" as the second number on her setlist. Following the release of the EP, "MTV Unplugged," "If It's Over" was released as the album's second and final single in the third quarter of 1992. The version on MTV Unplugged is an edit as it omits the second verse and chorus. The single was released in Europe, Australia and Japan.

Critical reception[]

In his unauthorized biography Chris Nickson refereed to "If Its Over" as the most anticipated song from the album.[2] He also states that It echoed the type of songs that had proved so powerful for Aretha Franklin in the late sixties— slow, but very soulful, and again, full of that gospel sound that Mariah loved. Such material allowed Mariah to really tear loose and show what she could do—which in reality was far more than the vocal gymnastics that seemed to comprise her reputation so far. From a deep rumble to a high wail, she covered five octaves fully as the power of the tune built. The backing vocals—which once more had hose churchy harmonies—filled out the spare melody, as did the stately horns, which entered toward the end. Indeed, the whole song was essentially a showcase for Mariah, and so beautifully out of time on a modern album that it came across as something quite new. It also showed that further collaborations between Mariah and Carole would be quite in order, and more than welcome. But no reprise would ever happen.[2]

Music Video[]

The music video, directed by Larry Jordan, is compiled of footage from Carey's performance of the song on "MTV Unplugged."


Country Peak
Dutch Singles Chart 80


September 17, 1991 • 46:58 • Columbia Records
Released EmotionsAnd You Don't RememberCan't Let GoMake It HappenIf It's OverYou're So ColdSo BlessedTo Be Around YouTill the End of TimeThe Wind
Scrapped Can You Hear Me
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