Music Box: Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots

Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey, The Roots

As someone who staunchly believes that her nearly 20-year old Christmas collection is the album of her career (the only completely – hell, possibly remotelylistenable one), I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what a delightful surprise! Leave it to Jimmy Fallon and the great Roots to add some extra Yuletide cheer by accompanying Mariah Carey to breathe some “acoustic” life into her classic holiday gem, “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” utilizing only children’s instruments and with some helpful harmonies courtesy a quartet of actual children (that added touch could have easily been cloying instead of its resulting sweetness). As someone usually so dependent on porn-star moans mixed with wailing brays, Carey hasn’t sounded so innocently playful – and joyful – in years. I surmise being a new mom can do that to someone.

Only a Scrooge would scoff.

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