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Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You

Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas II You

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 1 out of 5

MARIAH Carey’s latest festive offering may be called Merry Christmas II You, but it’ll leave you feeling far from jolly unless you’re a fan of over-slushy, over-produced, over-milked and overly ruined seasonal classics.

Carey is and remains an enigmatic artist… as capable of surprising with genuine works of quality as she is liable to get on your nerves. This latest album places her firmly in the latter category, with little or nothing to redeem it.

The singer doesn’t so much re-imagine Christmas classics as butcher them, while her iconic voice is over-indulged to ring every ounce of schmaltz from songs that don’t really need any more over-cooking.

Ripe for the stuffing here are the likes of Oh Santa!, Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane), Charlie Brown Christmas and All I Want For Christmas – Extra Festive. Admittedly, these rate among the more passable listens… thanks to the energetic frivolity inherent in the original versions.

But when it comes to the more serious material, the sentiment and well meaning are almost stifling… so much so that getting to the end of the CD becomes an endurance test that involves a sick bucket in tow (just in case!).

Hence, Auld Lang Syne, One Child and Oh Come All Ye Faithful literally make your skin crawl and howling for the nearest slice of Linkin Park to add some musical grit to your life.

A medley version of O Little Town of Bethlehem and Little Drummer Boy is simply not worth even lambasting… it’s so bad words can’t do it justice.

Mariah fans will doubtless lap up the sound of America’s sweetheart bringing on the Christmas spirit early. But then, like Christmas themed American TV shows, the whole thing wreaks of being over-done… in this case, hideously so!

Track listing:

  1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  2. Oh Santa
  3. O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy [medley]
  4. Christmas Time Is In The Air Again
  5. First Noel, The/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
  10. O Holy Night
  11. One Child
  12. All I Want For Christmas Is You [extra festive]
  13. Auld Lang Syne