Mariah Carey has slayed me twice in one week, yet I still live! The wonders of Christmas manifest! If her performance at the Rockefeller Center wasn't a vocal revelation enough for y'all [see here], her cute as a button, ramshackle performance of All I Want For Christmas Is You for Jimmy Fallon has to be heard to be believed.
Everything about this was on point! From the ensemble of musicians, to the kiddy choir, to the voice itself! The little alterations Mariah did to the song's melody were interesting and fresh, and the use of her head voice to reach one or two of the trickier notes was a smart move that worked really well. But she didn't dodge all the big notes, successfully hitting plenty of clear sounding E5s! (I think there may have even been an F5 somewhere in there!)
To those who say this was "lipped"-see the comments on the Youtube video- I say to them, with the utmost respect, SHUT IT! Of course, you guys are a more discerning, eagle-eyed lot, so if you can see any signs of lipping- 'coz I don't- let me know, below!
Mariah Carey has officially brought the Christmas spirit to this dwelling today! Hallelujah!
[Check out a similar set-up featuring Christina Aguilera, where she sang Your Body with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, here]