Mariah Carey chronology
Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey - 2010
Merry Christmas II You - 2010
Singles from Merry Christmas II You
"Oh Santa!" Released: October 12, 2010
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|Houston Chronicle||3/4 stars|
|Rolling Stone||3/5 stars|
|Slant Magazine||2.5/5 stars|
|The Village Voice||(negative)|
|The Washington Post||(mixed)|
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Merry Christmas II You album received an average score of 60, based on 8 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average".
Both Allmusic and Rolling Stone gave Merry Christmas II You album three stars, with Caryn Ganz of Rolling Stone writing "Sixteen years have passed since Mariah Carey released her first blockbuster holiday album, but she hasn't lost her desire to dress up in a Santa suit or the silky flexibility of her voice...Half of the disc's new originals are ballads [and] thick with gooey orchestration... but Mariah bops to a schoolyard-chant beat on "Oh Santa!" and digs out a retro groove for "When Christmas Comes." Ganz concluded that although some songs on Merry Christmas II You album are lacking, "the LP's warm heart is in the right place." Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine gave Merry Christmas II You album a mixed review, calling Merry Christmas II You album "adventureless", he wrote, "Aside from a few tracks co-produced by Jermaine Dupri, Carey's notions of what a holiday album is are exactly as they were 16 years ago. Ditch the hip-hop beats, heap on the figgy orchestral pudding. Pass those synthesizers to the left, gather around the brass section and the little drummer boy." Sean Fennessey of The Washington Post also gave a mixed critical reception to Merry Christmas II You album. Comparing Merry Christmas II You album to Carey's 1994's Merry Christmas, Fennessey suggested that, while Merry Christmas II You sees the "return [of] her piercing, five-octave vocal range to its glossy, meretricious roots", none of the new songs are as exciting or timeless as "All I Want for Christmas Is You". Merry Christmas II You album got 4 out of 5 stars from About.com, with reviewer Bill Lamb describing Merry Christmas II You album as "relaxed [and] comfortable", and, consequently, "very engaging." Lamb continues, "Some of the best moments evoke a party atmosphere. 'Oh Santa!' is perfect music for a party with friends. Don't be surprised if you find yourself singing along. Mariah Carey's version of music from 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' has an air of relaxed intimacy with breathy, jazzy vocals that will warm your holiday heart. The live version of 'O Holy Night' from WPC in south central Los Angeles will cause chills in its live simplicity. It is an opportunity to hear Mariah Carey tackle some deeper, throatier tones."
The Houston Chronicle gave Merry Christmas II You three stars out of four, lauding the singer's vocal form on Merry Christmas II You album. Joey Guerra writes, "Carey sounds better than she has in a long time throughout Merry Christmas II You, which keeps her in a swirl of gospel choruses and lush production. Her belting is strong, and she doesn't overdo the breathy coos." Guerra also had strong praises for a number of songs, calling "Oh Santa!" "irresistible", and writing, "'Christmas Time Is in the Air Again' boasts swooping notes and tasteful strings, and 'When Christmas Comes' plays like a holiday spin on the brassy R&B tunes that highlighted Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi disc... The solemn 'One Child' sounds a bit like a Michael Jackson tune (complete with kid chorus). It's a bit overwrought, but it's hard not to be swayed by the sweetness." The reviewer concluded that "Merry Christmas II You should boost the singer's career."