Deck the halls with posters of Mimi because the Holiday season is here! Last night, the 2012 ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ show was filmed in New York City and everyone’s favourite festive fanatic, Mariah Carey, hit the stage with her giant wind machine to perform a pair of her classic carols.
Draped in diamonds and sparkling costumes, Carey delivered renditions of ‘Christmas Time is in the Air Again’ from her ‘Merry Christmas II You’ album and her inescapable Holiday anthem, ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’. The latter song appears on the diva’s 18-year old ‘Merry Christmas’ album, which is currently outselling Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up’ by a large margin on iTunes.
Watch Carey kickoff the Holiday season at the ‘Rockefeller Center’ show below:
‘Christmas Time is in the Air Again’
‘All I Want for Christmas is You’
As most of us have come to expect in the post ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’ era of Carey’s career, she sounded near flawless in every register of her range, especially her signature soprano, but not while belting. There is something seriously affecting Carey’s voice, and she sounds rough and quite uncomfortable during several moments in her performances.
However, all is not lost. Unlike certain younger divas who sound similar to a bag of cats whenever they try to belt any high note, Carey’s main problem mainly occurs when she tries to belt uptempo songs. Did you notice how easily she handled ‘Christmas Time is in the Air Again’ compared to ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’?
So, Carey needs to seriously consider rearranging some of her tunes to suit her ageing instrument. Michael Buble’s cover of ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ is perfect for Carey with the entailed lower key and slower pace. Some people will miss the superhuman vocal acrobatics of her younger years but at least they won’t find fault in songs that she can handle with greater ease.
Thanks Mariah Daily!