It’s hard to believe that, A Mary Christmas is Mary J. Blige’s first Christmas album, because she has been in the business for so long. Mary J. Blige is one of my favorite female artists. She possesses an uncanny ability to connect with her listeners on a level that most artists cannot. When you listen to Mary album or go to one of her concerts you can trust she is going to leave it all on the track or the stage. This album is no different.
MJB takes us on soulful Christmas journey covering all your favorites in a way that only she can. She manages to give you Mary without overdoing it or alienating people who would not normally listen to her music. I can totally understand why Mary and her team decided to do this album. She effortlessly appeals to audiences that she may not normally be able to reach. At the same time she is making herself timeless, the pieces featured on this album can be played during the Christmas season for years to come.
My favorite tracks are on the album are: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, When You Wish Upon A Star(Featuring Barbara Streisand & Chris Botti), and The First Noel(Featuring The Clark Sisters). The only song on the album that did not resonate with me is, This Christmas, which was originally done by Donny Hathaway. Mary didn’t do a terrible job on the song, but it is very hard to follow Mr. Hathaway. I prefer the original.
When it comes to Christmas albums I normally stick to the rivers and the lakes that I am used to, that being A Temptations Christmas, Jackson 5 Christmas, and Donny Hathaway’s version of This Christmas, but Mary J did a great job with this album. I can see her performing songs from this album on all the upcoming Christmas specials. One can’t go wrong with production from David Foster, excellent guest appearances, and Mary’s aura. This album is definitely worth a listen.
Oh and hats off to Mary for singing in French, way to show versatility!
Final Rating: 3/5