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Title : Rating Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You (Mariah Carey Album Review)
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This album has a stronger, more balanced and varied selection of songs than the first one, which is why I listen to this (a whole lot) more than the first one.
When Christmas Comes has a nice glide to it, but Christmas Time Is In The Air Again is the closest we might have to a classic on this album.
Auld Lang Syne is not good. It's a bad end to an otherwise solid album. I was hoping she would cover the slowed down Scottish version.
Also, it's a shame that Born Is The King is basically just an interlude.
Am I the only one who prefers MC2U more than the first album? I still love the first album I just listen to MC2U more. My favourite is When Christmas Comes, but I truly love all of the songs... especially the traditional songs like The First Noel/Born is the King (Interlude), O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus and O Little Town of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy, as well as One Child!!! I also really like Charlie Brown Christmas Medley... The medleys on this album are genius and the orchestral arrangements throughout the album really tie it nicely together, I think the unity on this album is actually better than the first! IMO.
My skip would probably be All I Want (Extra Festive) to me it’s just not necessary as the original is so iconic and perfect. But otherwise I really like this album!
My REPEAT has to be "Oh Santa". 🎅 Such a cheerful tune. ☺ I know it didn't repeat the (meant-to-be? 🤔) success of "All I Want...", but hey what other song can do it on that level anyway? 😁
My SKIP-award 🏆 goes to "Here Comes Santa Claus" 😶. I just do not feel that track. 😕 Sorry, but "turn around and bye, Santa Claus". 😉
This whole album is pretty good - I agree with u on that. 😎 But... oh yes, there's always "BUT"... 😂 the 1st one is more iconic to me - just pure classic and that's all. 😎
I also agree with u: it's good to listen to both albums together. 👍 One of my Spotify playlists includes all Mariah's xmas songs (remixes, main & live versions 🙂), as by listen to it in the mix brings me more of festive mood that I'd hope for. 😊
Anyway, another good review, man. 👍 Keep 'em goin'.
And Merry Christmas (II u). 🎅🎄🎁
In total agreement on the repeat & skip! Christmas Time Is In the Air Again is mesmerizing! Though I have to say my jaw literally dropped in disbelief when I heard you say "Charlie Brown Christmas" was in the running for the skip! I absolutely adore her cover of that song as well, and her vocal there is so haunting. I was like Edina Monsoon in the hospital being told she was going to given local anesthetic: "Charlie Brown Christmas? Are you MAD?!?!" LOL... ;)
She really upped her vocal game on this album after E=MC2 and Memoirs... I remember listening to the teasers before it dropped and being blown away. I think the originals are really strong on this record, better than the covers/carols. Christmas Time Is In The Air Again is stunning.
Replay: The last chorus of O Come All Ye Faithful
Skip: I'd say Auld Lang Syne, but it's the last song and I usually stop the album before that, so I'm gonna go with Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Housetop Celebration (honestly, what a title?!!)
Your analysis was spot on. I like that this album is different from her first Christmas album (production-wise, vocally, lyrically, and artistically-to mention her collaborations). Although I think the first one was stronger and higher in terms of career changing, I like the vibe and variety of this one more. 8/10.
🔁 One Child
⏭ Auld Lang Syne