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When I heard that Mariah Carey would be singing the theme song for the Disney flick Oz the Great and Powerful, I naturally assumed that it would be a drippy ballad, the type that drove her to the top of the charts in the early Nineties and rarely gets made anymore, by her or anyone else.

Well, color me surprised.

“Almost Home” has got a little bit of a ‘tude to it. The electronic backing track is ever-so-slightly reminiscent of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” but seeing as how Mariah’s influenced damn near every female vocalist of the past quarter century, a little borrowing back isn’t a big deal. It’s certainly the first time I’ve wanted to hear a Disney theme a second time since Phil Collins asked Tarzan to be in his heart over a decade ago. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think.

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