Does Ariana Grande’s ‘Santa Tell Me’ still hold up 4 years later?

All I Want For Christmas is a man

Welcome to Ariana Fridays! Every Friday leading up to Christmas, I’ll be review Ariana Grande Christmas catalog. She happens to have two EPs and  one single. Nothing brings Christmas cheer like Ariana Grande.

Back in 2014, I reviewed Ariana Grande’s Christmas jingle “Santa Tell Me.” I gave that a 2 candy canes out of 5. I thought it was cute to rate things based on items that have to do with that. I’m glad I no longer do that. I thought it was a good idea to actually re-review what one Ariana Grande fan has called a “holiday bop.” Was I too harsh on the song or was I right along? Welcome to the Pop Project Redux, where I re-review things because I’m out of ideas for content. 

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Now when I first reviewed “Santa Tell Me,” I’ll be the first to admit that it wasn’t a good review. I spent more time complaining about the fact that Christmas themed song is overly done than actually tell you about the single. It’s not something that I would post today unless it’s for the video of the song. 

“Santa Tell Me” was released as a stand-alone Christmas song from Ms. Grande, Miss Butera is you’re nasty, in the US. It was included in Ariana’s Christmas EP “Christmas Kisses” in the land of the rising sun Japan. Click the link under a winking Ariana for that review. Ariana has been weird when it comes to Christmas music. It’s like she wants to release some but yet she doesn’t. I just waiting for the studio version of her cover of “All I Want For Christmas is You.”

The song itself isn’t a bad song. It’s your standard Ariana Grande song.  It has a catchy beat. It’s pretty much talking about asking Santa for a man for Christmas but not getting your hopes up in case Santa can’t fit another human down a chimney.  She wants a man that care and not like the past men in her life. It’s kind of bland lyrics. Like who ask Santa Claus for a man? 

The lyrics hold back the song. If it was a little less cheery, then it would make sense but the tone of the lyrics and the beat doesn’t mes well. The lyrics are deep but the fact that it’s on a Christmas song make them bland. This topic would have been better handled as a non-Christmas song.  It would have been able to get deep and the depth it should have gotten. 

It sounds like Miss Butera is trying to create something you will listen to all year round but it falls short. It feels like a rushed and like they were just trying to put it out to capitalize and boost sales for “Christmas Kisses.” It is a bop but not a bop like all the other bops she has put out. The video for “Santa Tell Me” does make it 100% better. It doesn’t fit the song lyrically but does it fit the beat and is adorable. It’s pretty much just Ariana and her friends having fun and spreading Christmas cheer around her house. 

Verdict

“Santa Tell Me” is an attempt to be a holiday classic but it falls short. Unless you are a hardcore Ariana Grande fan, you will probably enjoy when it comes on but it probably won’t be something you will remember to play every Christmas. I do recommend listening to it at least once or twice. It is a quality listen. I would watch the video while listening to it just for the fact it makes it more enjoyable. It’s an enjoyable song either way but more enjoyable with the visuals.

Also, make sure you listen take a listen to the Japanese version, it’s dirtier. There’s talks of mounting and someone unwrapping her. It’s worth the listen for a dirty Christmas song.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Ariana Grande brings Christmas cheer in ‘Christmas Kisses’

Welcome to Ariana Fridays! Every Friday leading up to Christmas, I’ll be review Ariana Grande Christmas catalog. She happens to have two EPs and  one single. Nothing brings Christmas cheer like Ariana Grande.

It’s the first Friday in December! Do you know what that means? Only 18 days until Christmas. As you have a massive heart attack because you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, it’s time to go down memory lane  and reminisce about Ariana Grande’s first ever Christmas EP “Christmas Kisses.” Also, I swear this isn’t being an Ariana Grande fan site. It just happens she’s a queen and I appreciate a queen being a queen. Welcome to the first edition of Ariana Fridays!

“Christmas Kisses” was released in December of 2013. Instead of having all the songs come out on the EP release date, each song was released individually as single the weeks leading up to the release date. This was done similar to Justin Bieber and how he did his album “Journals,” which was also released in the same month.  It’s like they have the same manger or something. 

The EP features four songs on it. Two of the songs are covers while the other two songs are original Christmas songs. The album is a good mix of pop and R&B. It’s similar in style to her debut album “Yours Truly.” The album has a good flow when it comes to the layout and progression of the EP. It starts out fast paced and extremely upbeat before ending on a much relaxing and slower pace. The EP has this old-school Britney Spears and Mariah Carey feel to it. 

The two covers are of “Last Christmas” and “Santa Baby,” which also features former “VICTORiOUS” co-star Liz Gillies. Both songs Ariana put her own spin on to where they are still the same songs you know and love but more update to date. This is more so apparent in “Last Christmas” where she added in a new verse. This is the kind of covers of Christmas music I want to hear. She adds something new to the songs and not let it be just the same old song. 

The two original songs, “Love in Everything,” and “Snow in California” are good songs but they aren’t that memorable as the other two. They aren’t bad songs but they are just average. “Love is Everything” is such as better song compared to “Snow in California.” It’s just too corny with the lyrics. It’s even too corny for Christmas music standards. “Snow in California” is just meh. It’s not bad but it’s not good. It just feels like filler on the album. It’s also not as lyrically strong as the rest of the album. 

Verdict

“Christmas Kisses” is great first Christmas EP but it’s nothing too great. The covers on the album are the highlights while the original songs are something that most people will just gloss over. I do recommend this EP as it’s good music to have on in the background during this holiday season. You will mainly be listening to the covers. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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