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As autumn leaves begin to fall, interna­tional superstar Mariah Carey puts the finishing touches on MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU, her second career album of holiday tunes, arriving November 2nd on the Island Def Jam Music Group. Highlighting the long-awaited new album is a brand new recording of Mariah’s all-time standard, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

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  • Audio CD (23 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B002P7HYUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Betcha Gon' Know (the prologue)
2. Obsessed
3. H.A.T.E.U.
4. Candy Bling
5. Ribbon
6. Inseparable
7. Standing O
8. It's A Wrap
9. Up Out My Face
10. Up Out My Face (the reprise)
11. More Than Just Friends
12. The Impossible
13. The Impossible (the reprise)
14. Angel (the prelude)
15. Angels Cry
16. Languishing (the interlude)
17. I Want To Know What Love Is
18. Obsessed
19. Obsessed
20. Obsessed
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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BBC Review

Mariah Carey’s enduring success – the lead single from this twelfth studio album, the Eminem-baiting Obsessed, was the singer’s fortieth hit on the Billboard Hot 100 – may have something to do with how she seems to get younger with each release. Though nearing 40, the New Yorker appears fresher of face and curvier of frame with each sleeve, and Memoirs… features the singer flaunting a degree of flesh not seen since studio album number seven, 1999’s Rainbow.

Without meaning to set off on the wrong foot – looks first, music second – the imagery associated with Carey is of vital importance in her marketing. Arguably without a great album to her name since 1997’s Butterfly, on which the RnB star fully realised her hip hop ambitions through collaborations with Puff Daddy, Missy Elliott and Q-Tip, focus has increasingly been placed on her private life – hence the did-they-or-didn’t-they-and-does-anyone-care nonsense over her apparent knee-trembler with Marshall Mathers III in the run-up to this release – and her private parts, with Memoirs… flaunting its box-ticking methodology: girls buy it for the syrupy ballads and middle-finger rebuttals of a partner’s too-little-too-late affections, and guys pick it up for, well, other reasons.

That’s a terrible generalisation, but then again these are terribly middle-of-the-road songs that need the most obvious colour to liven proceedings up. They leap from stereo speakers like salmon on their nth trip back up river, knowing perfectly well what they’re doing, where they’re going and how to get there, doing nothing to disguise the fact that they’ve done it all before. Memoirs… plays out like an auto-pilot effort, but coming only a year after Carey’s last album, the fairly well received E=MC², perhaps the listener shouldn’t be surprised by the dearth of invention on show, and the filler feel of so many of these tracks. But then again: if there’s no album ready, don’t release an album.

Lyrically it’s confused, our protagonist alternating between spurned lover with attitude and a big-eyed I’d-do-anything-for-you type; the production team of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart offer no arrangements even nearing memorable; and the record’s myriad interlude-style interjections only serve to prolong what’s already an over-long non-event release. Her voice is great, but we’ve known that since day one. The most interesting aspect of the whole album is, sadly, the cover: more thought has probably gone into that than any of these pastiches of past achievements. --Mike Diver

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Sutherland on 14 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
If you are a new era Mariah fan, and into the current wave of RnB and hip-hop artists that populate the charts, then I'm sure you'll find lots to like with this album. Probably just as much as her previous E=MC2, if not quite as much as her excellent and well rounded 2005 "comeback" album Emancipation Of Mimi, which remains (in my view) her best album of the decade.
If (like me) you are more of an "old skool" Mariah fan of the "Emotions" and "Music box" era, then you might find this album a little bland and derivative at times.
That's not to say there is nothing good here.
Tracks such as H.A.T.E.U and Betcha Gon Know are typical contemporary smooth RnB, with Mimi's distinctive and exuberant vocal delivery and tear jerking lyrics to set them apart. Very enjoyable.
While "Languishing" has a more traditional sound that recalls the early days tracks such as "Vanishing", but with a more relaxed and introspective vocal style.
"Angel (The interlude)" showcases her extraordinary range to its very best. A light and airy melody while Mariah whistles and and chirps harmoniously to stratospheric heights throughout in that unique way only she can. It could charm birds down from the trees! Shame it's only a one and a half minute interlude.
The lead single "I wanna Know What Love is" is a very typical Mariah style cover. Nothing wrong with it although it's not really breaking new ground for her.
"Obsessed" is a marmite song. You'll either love it or hate it.
Personally I lean more towards hating it. I think Mariah is (or should be) well beyond needing to record such a petty comeback song. And the cheap instrumentation and heavily autotuned vocals do her no favors. Some say the melody is "catchy" but then so is the flu virus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 2Angels on 10 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have to be honest but I sort lost track of Mariah since from her No 1's Album. I remember buying her debut album on cassette when I was about 14/15, after having a school girl broken heart (lol!!!)many moons ago, and thereafter bought her other albums up to No.1's but from then on for whatever reason she went off of my radar. I am baffled as to why. However, after my usual trawl on Amazon recenlty, something made me search Mariah Carey music and listen to some of the samples on the download section and now I am making it my mission to buy all her cd's I don't have thus buying this one.

I am quite baffled by some of the reviews on here for this cd. I genuinely love this cd and feel that it has quite a relaxing, chilling ambience. I am sure Mariah did not actually release this as a 'commercial' cd as another reviewer pointed out below. She seems to sing from the heart and give it her all. There are not really any upbeat tracks on this cd but they all get under your skin. Her voice really, as far as i am concerned, is on form and what a truly amazing instrument it is!

It won't be everyones cuppa but I am glad its mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 7 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a good album, and I love it a special way that's unique.
Some people don't like and some do, others are a bit on the fence.
This album is like a black book or a diary. It's chapters of her life in an album, you have to listen to the lyrics to understand. It's O so very personal.
I must admit at first I didn't like it. But then some time passed, and I did. It's something you have to mature for, because it's more than a grown up record. And that's a very rare thing for an album. It's not something you see Mariah do often.

If you've brought it and you don't like it, come back to it in a couple of years. It will make sense.
Also, this album and the songs have something about them. I'm not sure what it is... but there's just something about them. It's a good thing, but I'm not sure what it is though =/

I understand that this album wasn't promoted that well, but there was some things in her personal life that affected the promotion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FUTURESTARdelux on 15 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
this is a real oldschool R&B album, totally amazing and not at all over the top so even non mariah fans will love it :)
i cant even tell you the best songs because theyre all amazing! It's a shame that this slbum isn't as commercially successful as it should be which is mainly due to the same thing that happened to E=MC2 which is the stupid label picking the wrong single combined with lame video's when you think of the amazing vids and slick vids that emancipation got it realy annoys me because this is such a great album and deserves it's chance to shine.
Hopefully when the remix album "Amgels Advocate" is released it'll bring some much needed attention to this lost jewel :P Well done Mariah x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. Smith on 16 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
It is amazing how the older Mariah gets the more better and polished she sounds.
This album will definitely appeal to fans who love the hip hop/R&B Mariah instead of the typical catchy pop songs Mariah. For me personally, this album is up there with butterfly, rainbow,emancipations of mimi and E=MC!
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By Ed on 30 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great album, not neccessarily her best but really well produced and Mariahs vocals sound as polished as ever. Sadly this album went overlooked, in part due to the poor lead single, Obsessed, which is a terribly weak choice and feels totally out of place with the rest of the album. Pair that with the terrible non-existant promotional campaign and poorly timed hap hazard single releases and you have a recipe for disaster. Betcha Gon Know, Ribbon & Standing O would all have made great single choices. H.A.T.E.U, though a great song, was never single material. The closing album track is Mariahs take on I Want To Know What Love Is and it could have been a bigger hit had she promoted more, I normally hate covers, but this is a real exception.
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