Leave it to Mary J. Blige, the queen of emotive, edgy soul, to turn her first holiday album into a dramatic and often poignant affair. A Mary Christmas does have its share of cheer: backed by a live orchestra, as are many of the tracks, “This Christmas” is a bright rendition of the Donny Hathaway classic. Still, Blige’s take on “My Favorite Things” is hushed and delicate, and on her version of “Petit Papa Noël”, she sings in French over melancholy guitar.
Little Drummer Boy
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
My Favorite Things
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
When You Wish Upon a Star (feat. Barbra Streisand & Chris Botti)
Mary, Did You Know
Do You Hear What I Hear? (feat. Jessie J)
Petit Papa Noël
The First Noel (feat. The Clark Sisters)
Noche De Paz (Silent Night) [feat. Marc Anthony]
12 SONGS, 46 MINUTES
JANUARY 1, 2013
℗ 2013 THE VERVE MUSIC GROUP / INTERSCOPE RECORDS, A DIVISION OF UMG RECORDINGS, INC.