You know that something is wrong with someone's career when they release a second Christmas album. Mariah Carey's second Christmas album is not as disastrous as most of her post-90s work, but even diehard fans will have a hard time finding something to celebrate in here. Her first Christmas album is a pop classic where even the new, self-penned songs sound like vintage Christmas music. All of which makes "Merry Christmas II you" even more of a letdown.
Mariah has obviously decided to go for more of the same - similar title, same logo, same pose and clothes on the cover, re-recording two songs that were already on her first Christmas album ("O holy night" and "All I want for Christmas is you", both of which are not up to their original recordings). The only problem is that the results are not as convincing as they were on her charming first Holiday release. Try as she might, her voice is now a shadow of its former self, something obvious even though she tries to cover it by using endless choir effects (especially on the single "Oh Santa !", which unsuccessfully tries to duplicate the 60s girl group sound that made the original version of "All I want for Christmas is you" so damn irresistible). Don't get me wrong - it's an okay album, the production is adequate, the song selection is mostly good, and many of her fans will like. But when you decide to make a second Christmas album, you better make sure it lives up to the first one... which is far from being the case here.