11/11/10

Mariah fails to deliver with 'Merry Christmas II You'

Photo courtesy of MariahCarey.com



Mariah's latest effort, Merry Christmas II You, is the sequel to her 1994 smash-hit Christmas album Merry Christmas. Believe me when I tell you, it is far from the gem of her first X-Mas CD. Going in listening to the album with an open ear, I was a little disappointed.

I knew from hearing the album's first single Oh Santa, that the rest to follow would not live up to the hype she was pounding down our throats, but I had some hopes for Mariah coming off of a major flop album. Full of copy/paste vocals, layered vocals, chipmunk-like whistle notes (unreal), mixing old vocals with her current modern vocals, heavy whispering and strained belting,  Merry Christmas II You is a mess. Mrs. Carey also hyped up her long awaited duet with her mother (Patricia Carey) titled, O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus but came off more as "Mariah feat Patricia Carey" than it was a duet. Patricia Carey's vocals seemed pasted in, and it was just a very low quality offering.


I would have done a rundown song by song, but it is all pretty much the same in all the songs...a whisper, transitioned into strained belting, and then back into whispering. However, there is a gem on the album titled One Child, where Mariah is backed up by a children's choir. It is the only song on the album that feels like Christmas, and the only song we feel isn't as low-quality far as vocals goes. With all that said, the production on the album is top notch.

Here is the tracklisting for Merry Christmas II You:

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


Merry Christmas II You debuted on Billboard top 200 charts, selling only 55k in its first week, a far cry from success. An artist of Mariah's caliber, with well over 3 million followers on Twitter, could not even scan 100k. Her last album Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, (September 2009) did not even sell 1 million copies worldwide.

Mariah's 1st week debut:


2 1 TAYLOR SWIFT SPEAK NOW 319701 1366441
1 2 JASON ALDEAN MY KINDA PARTY 192973 192998
3 3 SUGARLAND INCREDIBLE MACHINE 59948 351356
1 4 MARIAH CAREY MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU 55447 55490
6 5 LIL WAYNE I AM NOT A HUMAN BEING 44850 410936
3 6 KINGS OF LEON COME AROUND SUNDOWN 40386 292550
21 7 EMINEMRECOVERY 37646 2936266
1 8 NEIL DIAMOND DREAMS 34639 34837
1 9 BRAD PAISLEY HITS ALIVE 30845 30862
3 10 ELTON JOHN & LEON RUSSELL UNION 26678 143628
3 11 ROD STEWART FLY ME TO THE MOON: THE GREAT 25676 135620
6 12 KENNY CHESNEY HEMINGWAY'S WHISKEY 23237 361327
11 13 KATY PERRY TEENAGE DREAM 22991 550849
4 14 DARIUS RUCKER CHARLESTON, SC 1966 22159 186962
4 15 THE BAND PERRY BAND PERRY 21063 122162
8 16 TREY SONGZ PASSION PAIN & PLEASURE 20563 471979
4 17 LADY ANTEBELLUM MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS 20436 58831
33 18 JUSTIN BIEBER MY WORLD 2.0 20392 1943399
38 19 MUMFORD & SONS SIGH NO MORE


Mariah's fans are praying for the album to have a spike during the holiday season. Here is her latest music video Oh Santa


 


Here's to hoping a new child gives Mariah a new lease on life, and hopefully she can put out quality material like she did in the early 90s.

1 comment:

  1. ur so fat, and airbrushed in all your pictures whitdiva .. lmao u nippy fans or as we call u , cat nip fans lol are just mad cause whits comeback failed hard, the music on the cd was the worst and her tour and europe killed any future success she could ever have.. it was no MIMI, now that was a comeback .. when ur fat ass can do better than mariah then talk, otherwise shut up and get ur cat nip on

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