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2010 holiday release from the interna-tional superstar , her second career album of holiday tunes. Highlighting the album is a brand new recording of Mariah's all-time standard, "All I Want For Christmas Is You." In addition to traditional yuletide fare - "The First Noel," "Little Drummer Boy," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and more - the album also contains four original songs composed by Mariah, including the new single, "Oh Santa," and many more surprises for the fans. Producers on the new album include American Idol's Randy Jackson, multi-platinum hit-making producer Jermaine Dupri, James Poyser (acclaimed producer for Aretha Franklin, The Roots, Lauryn Hill and more), and five-time Oscar nominee and Grammy/Tony/Emmy award winning composer Marc Shaiman.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0042AEOG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,580 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas II You" is as soothing - and ideally suited - for the season as a warm, restorative cup of cocoa. It is cool, classy and uncalculated, confidently delivering holiday cheer.

Carey's 1994 "Merry Christmas" collection - which yielded "All I Want For Christmas Is You," perhaps the biggest hit of her career - was sprinkled generously with formal elegance and vocal bombast, although in welcome doses. "Merry Christmas II You" is not Carey's attempt to recapture that same formula but rather to offer a more festive, relaxed counterpart that complements the first album well. She no longer has anything to prove, so she can afford subtlety.

Lead single "Oh Santa!" is a cute pop record that - quite transparently - revisits the theme of "All I Want for Christmas Is You." With its rhythmic handclapping and vibrant background vocal work it strikes a resemblance to Outkast's "Hey Ya!" It is endearing, extroverted and giddy-sweet, though it jars a bit with the languid, milky sweet soul that characterizes most of the album.

On the likes of "The First Noel/Born Is the King (Interlude)" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" Carey is blissfully understated. She sings the songs with grace, sweetness and maternal warmth rather than the youthful exuberance that colored 1994's "Merry Christmas," unleashing those signature high notes only at climactic moments. Those who listen for vocal acrobatics will not find a surplus of them - rather, just the right amount. She also makes interesting song choices - such as "Christmas Time Is Here (Charlie Brown Christmas)" - which suit this style.
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There's something for everyone on this album -everyone who loves Christmas and Carey's voice- and yet neither the quality or cohesiveness of the work are compromised.

A thrilling experience, Merry Christmas II You evokes fond memories of wintertimes; and where there's none, it proves to be very inspirational. To quote from the original 'Christmas Time Is in The Air Again' "Mr. Grinch simply can't resist/Warming up when he looks our way".

While Mariah Carey's first holiday album 'Merry Christmas' gave us the adored gem of a song 'All I Want For Christmas Is You', it was mainly a record that focused on the young artist and showcasing her talents. Far less self-conscious, 'Merry Christmas II You' puts YOU, the listener, center-stage. Here's a track-to-track analysis as to how it achieves that:

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town: A half-minute intro with NO VOCALS, it will warm your way to this sonic ride with bells and a timeless Christmas melody.

Oh Santa!: The album vocal opener is a festive fusion of Christmas bells, claps and background vocals over which Mariah's lyrics and voice race with the exuberance that often fills our hearts when we realize the holiday is fast approaching.

O Little Town of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy Medley: The first traditional song shares with its predecessor the magical sounds and sonic twinkles, gradually braking the rapid pace to the beat of the classic drum and vocal soaring of Mariah.

Christmas Time Is in The Air Again: The pace is slow and warm now, giving more room for a song that is more about content than distracting production. The lyrics and delivery of the those are evocative and heart-warming. Snuggle up with hot chocolate for full enjoyment.
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This album is great for old and new fans of Mariah. It's got everything from traditional standards to originals that Mariah co-wrote. Plus, she still has an amazing voice. :) You can dance to some of the songs on here like "Oh Santa" and "Auld Lang Syne." Strongly recommend!
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I've decided to post my review here, in addition to some commentary about Mimi's famous whisper that seems to annoy so many of you in Amazonland.

1)Why does Mariah whisper? Because of those famous vocal nodules that produce the dog-whistle notes that register as high up as G-sharp, a sound usually associated with dolphins, of all things! (google it, I kid you not.) The medical miracle of those nodules differs when she sings from head voice (in her case a whisper, breathing through the nose) and chest voice (producing the mezzo-alto range of her "belting" which comes from breath at the top of the diaphragm, pushing through the lungs.) Belting can only be sustained for about 2 hours before vocal chords become sore. I, too, studied opera, and am a soprano so this is my best explanation. These same nodules also sustain the trademark melisma (google that, too) that allows Mariah to stretch one or two phrases into many notes, frequently up and down in a given scale/octave. It's a combination of vocal inflection, breath control, and the magical oddity inherent in her own style, often imitated but never equalled. I love it, so no complaints from me.

2)Most singers would opt to have those nodules lasered off from their vocal chords, but she has made it her trademark. Listen very carefully to her speaking voice, and you will see the rasping quality "peek" out from time to time. While magnificent, Mariah herself has stated that she didn't enjoy the discipline of vocal training and I can tell you it's a commitment like no other. So, what you hear, while fantastic, is essentially an untrained voice in the "classically schooled" sense. Regardless, there is much flavor and tone in these songs and Christmas music is enjoyable, in my book, any way you slice it.
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