Reflections (Care Enough)

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"Reflections (Care Enough)"
Reflections Mariah Carey.png
Single by Mariah Carey
from the album Glitter
ReleasedSeptember 27, 2001[1]
FormatCD single
  • Mariah Carey
  • Philippe Pierre
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"Reflections (Care Enough)"
"Never Too Far"
Audio sample
19-second sample of "Reflections (Care Enough)"

"Reflections (Care Enough)" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey for her first soundtrack and eighth studio album, Glitter (2001). It was written by herself and Philippe Pierre, while produced by the singer in collaboration with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. "Reflections (Care Enough)" was released as a single on September 27, 2001, as the second single from Glitter. The ballad has Carey, in character as Billie Frank in the film Glitter, reflecting on how her mother did not "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 second single on September 27, 2001 in Japan. 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 the song in Japan only.[1]

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]


"Reflections (Care Enough)" was written by Carey and Philippe Pierre, and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in collaboration with Carey.[2] It is a piano-driven song which lyrically, the song's protagonist "laments the end of a relationship", while confronting her mother regarding her early abandonment.[2][3] Additionally, during its bridge, Carey "eerily" refers to abortion, "You could have had the decency / To give me up / Before you gave me life", as an option over abandoning the child.[2] Larry Flick from Billboard commented that in the film, the song "manages to illustrate a crucial plot point, while also providing insight into the emotional baggage that Carey's film alter ego carries".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard's Larry Flick thought that the song was "quite powerful".[4] Bowling Green Daily News editor Chuck Campbell wrote that Mariah dishes out the "anonymous and unobjectionable ballad".[5] 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".[6] 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".[7] In a review for the album in The Free Lance–Star, a writer outed the song's first verse "A displeased little girl / Wept years in silence / And whispers wishes you'd materialize / She pressed on night and day / To keep on living / And tried so many ways / To keep her soul alive" as his favorite lyric from Glitter, and described it as an "emotional and heart-wrenching ballad".[2]

Live performance[edit]

On November 16, 2001, Carey sang the song on a special titled A Home For The Holidays With Mariah Carey, which aired on December 21 of that same year. The special featured additional performances by Destiny's Child, Josh Groban, Enrique Iglesias and Mandy Moore.[8] 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.[9] Mark Sachs from Los Angeles Times called the performance as a "high point" from the show.[10]

Formats and track listings[edit]

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


  1. ^ a b "Top > Discography > Reflections" (in Japanese). Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Vaughn, Heather (November 13, 2001). "Mariah Carey's Newest 'Glitter'". The Free Lance–Star. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "Glitter". MTV. Archived from the original on December 2, 2002. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Flick, Larry (September 29, 2001). "Soundtracks". Billboard. 113 (39): 14. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Daily News - Google News Archive Search".
  6. ^ Browne, David (August 24, 2001). "Glitter; Vespertine". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (August 20, 2001). "Mariah Carey: Glitter". Slant Magazine. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  8. ^ Bianculli, David (December 20, 2001). "Flawed Gala On Adoption". Daily News. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "At Home for the Holidays with Mariah Carey". At Home for the Holiday. Series 3. December 21, 2001. 60 minutes in. CBS.
  10. ^ Sachs, Mark (December 21, 2001). "Mariah Carey's Adoption Special Tugs the Holiday Heartstrings". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

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