Mariah Carey is practicing 'The Art of Letting Go'.  In this powerful new and retro-sounding ballad, the powerhouse vocalist is reminding the world, and maybe even adversaries like Adele, of her striking singing ability.

It's been a hard year in the life of Mariah Carey.  After 'Almost Home', a song she contributed to Oz: The Great and Powerful movie soundtrack, failed to become a hit, and an injury she suffered on the set of a music video, Mimi was forced to postpone the release of her next album, reportedly titled The Art of Letting Go.

It was expected that 'Beautiful', the track featuring Miguel that Mariah released over the summer, would be the first taste of a future collection of new songs from the star.  But in July Mariah announced she didn't feel she had recorded what it took to truly please her fans, and that she'd be going back into the studio to start over.  She then featured several photos of herself behind the mic in a a recording studio while producer friends like Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Jerkins worked the sound board.

Mariah has commented via social media that her new material was feeling very 'nostalgic', and I think that's evidenced on this new song.  It's very simplistic focusing on Mariah's two greatest talents: 1) her voice, and 2) her witty lyrics, like "Your audacity is too much to be believed/So go to 'Mimi' on your contacts, press delete".

Whether it be shaking off the discomfort of the cracked ribs and shoulder injury she suffered on the set of a recent music video, or reconciling past heartache, Carey seems to be desperate to release her soul of something painful.