After covering the Phil Collins ballad, “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now),” for her 1999 album, “Rainbow,” Mariah Carey has teamed up with Irish boy band Westlife to record yet another version of the song.
Carey and Westlife recently huddled in a studio on the Italian island of Capri to cover the track, which was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar in 1985, and MTV News sat down with both to discuss how the collaboration came about.
“Everybody used to say to me, ‘Who would you like to do a duet with?’ or ‘Who would you like to sing with out of everybody in the world?’” explained Westlife’s Mark Feehily. “And I was always like, ‘Mariah Carey.’
“Today, now, we’re in a recording studio doing a duet with her, and you could never imagine how much it means to me.”
For Carey, cutting a new version of “Against All Odds” gave the singer a chance to work with a talented group of young male singers, much as she did back in 1995, when
she drafted Boyz II Men to back her up on the number one song “One Sweet Day,” and last year, when she teamed up with 98 Degrees for “Thank God I Found You.”
“I thought it would just be a cool thing to do,” Carey said, “to kind of turn it into a duet and combine what they do with what I do. They stack a lot of harmonies, so we made the song kind of a different thing. But it was an easy process. It wasn’t like some difficult drama.”
No word yet on when and where the Mariah Carey-Westlife cover of “Against All Odds” will turn up, but we’ll keep you posted.