Reflections (Care Enough)

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"Reflections (Care Enough)"
Single by Mariah Carey
from the album Glitter
Released December 15, 2001 [1]
Format CD single
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:23
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Mariah Carey, Philippe Pierre
Producer(s) Mariah Carey, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"Never Too Far/Hero Medley"
"Reflections (Care Enough)"
"Through the Rain"
Music sample
19 second sample of Mariah Carey's "Reflections (Care Enough)

"Reflections (Care Enough)" is a song written and produced by American singer Mariah Carey and Philippe Pierre for Carey's eighth studio album, Glitter. The ballad has Carey, in character as Billie Frank in the film Glitter, reflecting on how her mother didn't "care enough" for her. The song is also featured on Carey's 2009 compilation album, The Ballads.


"Reflections (Care Enough)" was released as the album's fourth single in late 2001, but wasn't promoted in the United States. Because of contractual obligations, Sony Music Entertainment, Carey's former record label and the international distributor of the Glitter soundtrack released a CD single for "Reflections (Care Enough)" only in Japan.[citation needed]

Carey performed the song for a U.S. audience on her CBS Christmas special At Home for the Holidays with Mariah Carey, which aired on December 21, 2001. In the live performance, Carey sang a different lyric in the bridge. While the track sings "you could have had the decency to give me up before you gave me life", Carey sings "...give me up the day you gave me life" in order to avoid referencing abortion.[citation needed]

A clip from the film Glitter in which Carey (as Billie Frank) performs the song in her apartment right after her character finishes writing it (the song is Frank's first attempt at songwriting) was used in Asia as a teaser for the film.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Daily News editor Dante Thomas (Elektra) wrote that Mariah dishes out the "anonymous and unobjectionable ballad."[2] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly wrote a mixed review: "She laments the end of a relationship several times, most believably on Reflections (Care Enough) -- typical Ma-riah schlock sung with crushed-flower loneliness."[3] Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani disagreed: "Reflections (Care Enough)" tells the tale of an estranged mother figure and its sparse arrangement recalls the simple beauty of Carey's early balladry. The song's bridge is bizarre, though, eerily alluding to abortion: "You could have had the decency/To give me up/Before you gave me life."[4]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Reflections (Care Enough)"
  2. "Reflections (Care Enough)" (Instrumental)


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