12 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mariah Carey’s sixth album is full of gossamer tracks that float like its titular creature. But its name also signifies her evolution toward hip-hop, which began on 1995’s Daydream and continues on this 1997 release with the lightly strutting Puff Daddy production “Honey” and the effervescent Bone Thugs-n-Harmony collab “Breakdown.” Carey’s voice is still a force to be reckoned with, as her spellbinding cover of Prince’s romantic epic “The Beautiful Ones” shows, but Butterfly flaunts her ability to use her power strategically.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mariah Carey’s sixth album is full of gossamer tracks that float like its titular creature. But its name also signifies her evolution toward hip-hop, which began on 1995’s Daydream and continues on this 1997 release with the lightly strutting Puff Daddy production “Honey” and the effervescent Bone Thugs-n-Harmony collab “Breakdown.” Carey’s voice is still a force to be reckoned with, as her spellbinding cover of Prince’s romantic epic “The Beautiful Ones” shows, but Butterfly flaunts her ability to use her power strategically.

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