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Album Review

A truly Mary Christmas would match the distraught look on the cover. Blige's first Christmas album, guided by David Foster and Jochem van der Saag, doesn't feature sad or embittered chestnuts like "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" or "Fairytale of New York" (was Method Man busy?). Instead, it contains a mix of standard holiday songs — a couple playful, many solemn, all dramatic. It's a big production; an orchestra backs Blige on most of the songs. She pours herself into all of the material, even when she's joined by Jessie J (of all people) for a version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" that is overcooked. It could use a couple more joyous songs in the vein of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas," which is a delight despite so many versions since the original 1970 version. A Mary Christmas won't likely reach the high status of, say, Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas, but it's a full-effort holiday release that many of her fans should be able to enjoy for several years.

Customer Reviews

Legendary J. Blige

Very solid, if not classic album. Mary's voice is unfiltered. She sings in both French & Spanish. The duet with Barbara Streisand is gold.These are songs God in merciful Heaven approves of.

MJB - Took it to another Level

I don't normally write reviews but MJB is showing off her skills with this CD. Her voice is so mature. MJB is in a class by herself. Great project.

Unexpected

I was expecting this cd to be another holiday album of Christms classics re-worked into a R&B synthesizer contemporary affair and that's it. I love Mary and while there's nothing wrong at all with her hip-hop style R&B the human fault is to pigeonhole which is what I've done and I'm so glad I'm wrong. This Christmas album will measure up to all the other holiday classics. Well well done ma'am, well done

Biography

Born: January 11, 1971 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

When her debut album, What's the 411?, hit the street in 1992, critics and fans alike were floored by its powerful combination of modern R&B with an edgy rap sound that glanced off of the pain and grit of Mary J. Blige's Yonkers, New York childhood. Called alternately the new Chaka Khan or new Aretha Franklin, Blige had little in common stylistically with either of those artists, but like them, she helped adorn soul music with new textures and flavors that inspired a whole generation of musicians....
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