Holiday Album Thursday: Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas

With less than a week left until Christmas, there’s no time like now to listen to Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas. Released in 1994, Grammy-winner Walter Afanasieff produced Mariah’s album which has become a holiday favorite worldwide, and there are plenty of good reasons that it’s currently the best selling Christmas album of all time.

Mariah starts the album expressively with an R&B take on “Silent Night.” It’s the first track and she’s already showing off her incredible range. There’s so much musical brilliance packed into this album that the whole experience of listening to it is ridiculously exciting.

We’ve probably all heard “All I Want For Christmas Is You” at least fifty times already this year. Probably the best known song from this album, it became the number one selling Christmas ringtone, and it was even used in one of the most recent, best Christmas movies, Love Actually.

Mariah’s powerful voice and staggering range combined with gospel-inspired backup vocals is breathtaking and inspiring. The way she glides her voice up and down so perfectly is heavenly, as if she was touched by the Gods of gospel. Her performance R&B rendition of the holiday classics is so dazzling, especially in “Joy to the World.” It starts off as a slow, soulful ballad. Then magic happens, and it’s re-imagined into a gospel with dance beats and new syncopation.

With every key change and re-harmonization, Mariah creates drama and excitement. Seriously, this woman could never have enough key changes. Mariah’s famous upper range will carry her all the way to heaven. If someone can be dubbed the queen of Christmas music, Mariah is the one. From “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” to “O Holy Night,” she nails every note and emotion. Let’s all give one big Hallelujah to Mariah this Christmas as we listen to Merry Christmas.

 

1 Comment

  1. Neil

    December 21, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I like a lot of these songs on the Holiday playlist above but if you want to add something a little different to your Christmas playlist try Silver City Rodeo’s song “Lonely Night”. The song combines Johnny Cash’s hit “I Still Miss Someone” with “Silent Night”, it sounds pretty good together and the band is giving the song away for free on their website at http://www.silvercityrodeo.com/freesong

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