Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mariah has Christmas Covered. AGAIN (and forever)

We all know that Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You is the greatest Christmas song ever. Even after years of hammering at Christmas parties, on radio playlists and in various shopping centres across the world it is a joyous piece of timeless pop that is more festive than a room full of giant Christmas trees surrounded by towers of mince pies.

Mariah is the Santa Claus of pop music. Never mind other artists and their holiday albums this and festive cheer that. Mariah Carey is the Queen of Modern Day Christmas tunes.

A few months back Mariah unveiled her new festive single Oh Santa! ahead of the release of new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You (the sequel to her 1994 album Merry Christmas). When the song first popped up I couldn't stomach it. October? Christmas songs? No chance.

But over the last few weeks I've returned to the new Mariah Christmas classics in search of some Christmas tunes.

I haven't listened to the actual Christmas album in full that many times purely because I've had 2 of the tracks on repeat so much I haven't had time. The first is Oh Santa! which is buckets of fun. Tongue in cheek, catchy and painfully festive it feels like a worthy successor to All I Want...

But the icing on the festive cake is Mimi's trash-tastic on Auld Lang Syne. The first minute is your bog standard take on the Christmas classic. But then the cheesy dance beat kicks in and away we go. There are sky scraper vocals, Mariah asking "Does anyone really know the words anyway" and all sorts of fun.  Mariah has wrapped it all up in one of the funniest music videos I have ever seen. It sees uber-pregnant Mariah attempt to make green screen FX of fireworks and over the top miming pass off as a good video. It is one of the funniest videos I've seen all year and makes an already genius take on Auld Lang Syne even... geniuser.

If that doesn't make you want to pop a bottle of champagne, kiss a stranger and resolve to stop having those late night slices of chocolate cake then you are a made of stone.

Merry Christmas II You is out now and if you need an injection of Christmas pop int your party playlists you need to check it out.

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