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Media Type: CD
Title: MERRY CHRISTMAS
Street Release Date: 10/01/2000
Genre: XMAS VOCAL
She's been hailed for her multi-octave vocal range--a tool that sometimes detracts from her pop recordings, but actually works quite beautifully in the context of this charming holiday collection. Fans will surely approve of Carey's renditions of slinky secular songs like "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and a nicely subdued "All I Want for Christmas Is You." But where she really surprises is in her unadorned delivery of a passel of traditional carols, highlighted by "Silent Night" (which she sings quietly, avoiding the temptation to wail those high notes) and "Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child." A must for diehards, and a pleasant surprise for the unconverted. --David Sprague
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Two days later it arrives. High quality, sounds great and she's thourouly enjoying it. Fantastic Christmas CD that we're both enjoying. Highly recommend, you will not be disappointed.
Thankyou very much Amazon.
Silent Night is a nice and relaxing way to start the album, and then it moves on into the Christmas song we all know, All I Want for Christmas is You, which is a Christmas classic. O Holy Night is up next and that's probably my favorite Christmas song of all time (next to All I Want for Christmas is You), and when it's sung by Mariah, it's 10 times better. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is also a nice and upbeat song, and clocks at only 2 and a half minutes. Miss You Most (At Christmas Time), co-written by Mariah herself, is a phenomenal Christmas ballad. She also does a great job at making "Joy to the World" a dance track, and it's followed up by a mellow Jesus Born on This Day, which is a nice song. I think Santa Claus is Coming to Town sounds just like All I Want for Christmas is You, and if you listen to it, you'll hear the extreme similarity. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) is another mellow track with no drum beat to it, and following it is Jesus Oh What a Wonderful Child, which is a very enjoyable song. At the end, the song really picks up the tempo and turns into a Baptist church-like song (hear the end and you'll see what I mean). God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is a great 1 and a half minute acapella, and, following that is one of my favorites, the Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Anniversary Mix). I love that drum beat. The 8 music videos are also great. If you want a great Christmas album, buy this, or an Andy Williams Christmas album.
My top 3 favorites:
1. Oh Holy Night
2. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Anniversary Mix)
3. All I Want for Christmas is You
I remember when the video for "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was released and, appropriately, hearing it played numerous times on the radio as well, and I knew it was an "instant classic" (oxymoron?). The song just had a fun feeling to it, something that was really upbeat in keeping with the spirit of Christmas.
Mariah also did her takes on traditional Christmas songs (the list of which can be found on this page), and anyone can hear how passionate and heartfelt she was in belting out traditional tunes. That spirit still comes through nearly 15 years later.
"Merry Christmas" is a great holiday music investment. The sound isn't dated now - and I don't think it ever will be. - Donna Di Giacomo