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Merry Christmas II You

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Merry Christmas was released in 1994, and 16 years later Mariah Carey delivers a sequel, appropriately titled Merry Christmas II You and also featuring the diva in a sexy little Santa suit. The similarities don't end there, either: Mariah revives her original seasonal tune "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and often touches upon the classy, clean updated traditional vibe of her readings from the 1994 set. Underneath this surface, Merry Christmas II You has a different vibe than its predecessor, derived in large part from the numerous originals here. Five of the 12 full songs bear a Carey writing credit (including that revival of "All I Want for Christmas Is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Merry Christmas was released in 1994, and 16 years later Mariah Carey delivers a sequel, appropriately titled Merry Christmas II You and also featuring the diva in a sexy little Santa suit. The similarities don't end there, either: Mariah revives her original seasonal tune "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and often touches upon the classy, clean updated traditional vibe of her readings from the 1994 set. Underneath this surface, Merry Christmas II You has a different vibe than its predecessor, derived in large part from the numerous originals here. Five of the 12 full songs bear a Carey writing credit (including that revival of "All I Want for Christmas Is You") and these new tunes sometimes give Merry Christmas II You a lively modern feel, particularly the jumping Jermaine Dupri/Bryan-Michael Cox co-written opener "Oh Santa!" and the slow groove of "When Christmas Comes," highlights that balance the too saccharine sentiment of "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again" and "One Child." The range of these originals indicates the scope of the record as a whole, how it touches on a little of everything to please every kind of audience, mixing up "Auld Lang Syne" and a medley of Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas with traditional religious carols and secular favorites like "Here Comes Santa Claus." Apart from that pair of stiff originals, the whole thing is cheerful and engaging, a worthy sequel to its predecessor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2010
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602527498034
  • Catalog Number: 001478502
  • Sales rank: 122

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mariah Carey Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Nicki Richards Background Vocals
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Luis Conte Percussion
George Doering Guitar
Jermaine Dupri Drums
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Dan Higgins Flute, Saxophone
Doc Powell Guitar
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Nick Lane Trombone
Sherry McGhee Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
James Poyser Keyboards
Marc Shaiman Piano
John Jubu Smith Guitar
Randy Waldman Keyboards
Greg Adams Trumpet
Sharlotte Gibson Background Vocals
Randy Jackson Bass
Melonie Daniels Background Vocals
James "Big Jim" Wright Piano, Keyboards
Brian Garten Background Vocals
Mary Ann Tatum Background Vocals
Michael Valerio Upright Bass
Nisan Stewart Drums
Onitsha Shaw Background Vocals
Bryan-Michael Cox Percussion, Keyboards
Sonny Thompson Bass
Teddy Campbell Drums
Angie Fisher Background Vocals
Alex Evans Bass
Steven Schaeffer Drums
Ralph Morrison III Concert Master
Mariah Britt Children's Chorus
Joshua Britt Children's Chorus
The City Of Refuge Choir, Chorus
Jheron Garnett Drums
Toni Scruggs Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Guitar
Cri$Tyle Background Vocals
Mason Johnson Children's Chorus
Makiah Johnson Children's Chorus
Evyn Johnson Children's Chorus
Greater Bethany Choir, Chorus
Voices of Judah Choir, Chorus
Elsie Moon Children's Chorus
Delaney Meyer Children's Chorus
Cayla Nisperos Children's Chorus
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
George Frideric Handel Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Mariah Carey Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Dana Jon Chappelle Engineer, Vocal Mixing, Vocal Recording
J. Fred Coots Composer
Jermaine Dupri Arranger, Composer, Producer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
James Poyser Composer, Producer
John Richards Engineer
Marc Shaiman Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Walter Afanasieff Composer, Producer
Brad Dechter Arranger, Orchestration, Orchestral Arrangements
Randy Jackson Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lee Mendelson Composer
James "Big Jim" Wright Arranger, Producer
Phillips Brooks Composer
John Sullivan Dwight Composer
Brian Garten Engineer, Vocal Recording
John Horesco IV Engineer
Traditional Composer
Kevin Guarnieri Engineer
Bryan-Michael Cox Arranger, Composer, Producer
Martin Cooke Engineer
Oakley Haldeman Composer
Sam Thomas Engineer
Robert Burns Composer
Keith Gretlein Engineer
Katherine Davis Composer
Carol Corless Package Production
Johnny Severin Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Brett Pierce Engineer
Scott M. Riesett Engineer
Lewis Redner Composer
Benjamin R. Hanby Composer
Kristen Yiengst Photo Coordination
Herb Powers Jr. Mastering
Antonio "L.A." Reid Executive Producer
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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Excellent Album Once Again!

    An absolutely wondrous Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You delivers nothing but joyous Christmas cuts! Mariah's voice is better than ever here, and the songs are all exceptionally great. A must buy for any Mariah fan or for anyone who loves Christmas music!

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    Very Disappointing

    Having greatly enjoyed Ms. Carey's first Christmas album, and counting it among my favorites each Christmas season, I highly anticipated this new collection. Unfortunately, it disappoints on every level. Her voice itself sounds greatly compromised -- raspy -- and her abundant attempts at whisper-singing are strange and sound more injured than intimate. Parts of this album sound like an appropriate sound-track for a middle school holiday concert; generally the album struggles to find an appropriate tone. The "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujiah Chorus" piece was one of the strangest and most contrived holiday music disasters I can remember. And the "All I Want For Christmas Is You -- Extra Festive" (yes, that's the real title) is a weak rehash of what was a joyful and delightful number from her first album. All in all, it's very disappointing indeed.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

    enjoyable

    I enjoy this CD, But it doesn't top her first Christmas album. A nice addition to my Christmas collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2010

    Do not waste your money

    Mariah's first x-mas Cd was so much better

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  • Posted November 2, 2010

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    Amazing!

    A range of songs and styles to make everyone's Christmas merry!!! Love hearing her mother.

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