Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You [Reviews]
Posted by ThatsMyJamRadio on December 22, 2010
Mariah Carey‘s Merry Christmas is a modern Christmas favorite, and no song on the album better fits that description than the ubiquitous “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Her second disc of holiday music, Merry Christmas II You, could do nothing but draw comparisons, as Mariah seemingly borrowed from past artwork (see the album covers) and the energy of her previous release.
This is epitomized in “Oh Santa!” a hand-clap-driven ditty which finds the diva crooning lyrics of a “bring him back to me” nature over a festive melody complete with church bells. The song even receives some club treatment with the Low Sunday Edit, which is also included on the disc.
Another trip to the discotheque is “Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem),” which begins with a beautiful vocal display before delivering a countdown-induced house beat that’s sure to get New Year’s revelers up and moving while ringing in 2011.
Jazzy, laid-back and more lyric-driven is “When Christmas Comes,” a song of the hope and happiness that comes during the holidays. “One Child” is another original composition, one which presents the story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus in a soft-to-diva-strong manner and features some background help from a number of children.
Who can’t love “Charlie Brown Christmas”? After starting with the melodious “Linus & Lucy,” Carey segues into “Christmastime is Here” for a memory-inducing mashup of two classics from one of our favorite Christmas specials. More mashups appear on Merry Christmas II You, specifically “The First Noel/Born is the King” and “O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah,” which features Mariah’s first recorded duet with her mother, Patricia Carey.
Merry Christmas II You may borrow some elements of Merry Christmas (including a few remixes and live recordings), but the spirit of the first experiences more of a continuation with the new album with it’s fun and festive-inspiring mood.
That’s My Jam’s Rating:
5. Get It Now
4. Get It On Sale
3. Get It As a Gift
2. Get It To a CD Exchange Store
1. Don’t Get It At All
1. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town Intro”
2. “Oh Santa!”
3. “O Little Town of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy Medley”
4. “Christmas Time is in the Air Again”
5. “The First Noel/Born is the King Interlude”
6. “When Christmas Comes”
7. “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/Housetop Celebration”
8. “Charlie Brown Christmas”
9. “O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus” feat. Patricia Carey
10. “O Holy Night (Live from WPC in South Central Los Angeles)
11. “One Child”
12. “All I Want for Christmas is You (Extra Festive)”
13. “Auld Lang Syne (The New Year’s Anthem)”
14. “Oh Santa! (Low Sunday Edit)”