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Butterfly glides high upon warm erotic breezes while acknowledging the heartaches of real life down below. Most of its tracks are low-lit mood pieces sliding along molten grooves — cuts like the Puff Daddy-produced “Honey” and “Breakdown” allow Mariah to weave her intricate vocal magic upon billowing backdrops. She rises out of her sensual languor to ascend melodic peaks effortlessly, adding just the right degree of sultry desperation to “My All” and “The Roof.” Her innate poise and technical finesse are always evident, making the confessions of self-doubt heard in “Close My Eyes” and “Outside” all the more telling, and “The Beautiful Ones,” a Prince-composed tune, pairs Carey with Dru Hill in a mesmerizing duet. For sheer emotive power though, the prize goes to the elegantly yearning “Whenever You Call.” Those drawn to Mariah for her vocal pyrotechnics and sensuous persona will find Butterfly thoroughly satisfying. Those looking for a little more heat and a little less sweetness than her earlier work contained will be rewarded as well.

Customer Reviews

Mariah herself says Butterfly is her personal favorite!

Butterfly is an album extremely important to Mariah. It marks her own metamorphosis and is the first album where (for the most part) she could express herself the way that she wanted to. This is definately a more sultry album. Her previous album was a mix of pop with a hint of urban sound. But this album had a different sound. Her lyrics are more provocative in this album and the only uptempo song is Honey. It's more of a mellow CD, but the songs are are all beautiful and unique. There are a lot of slower songs but with heavy hip hop beats. It's also an introspective CD where Mariah goes back and sings about growing up multiracial (Outside) or surviving an abusive relationship (Close My Eyes). It's unique and definately a work of art. It's one of my favorite Mariah CDs!!!!!

Mariah's Best! Definitely her peak!!

Most of Mariah's fans think Daydream was her magnum opus but I must disagree. If you only buy one album from Mariah's catalogue, this would be the one I recommend. With this album, Mariah blends hip-hop with r&b and almost completely removes pop elements. The strength of this album comes from the wordplay (check out Butterfly, Breakdown) and her vocal technique. Although she uses the whistle register and her trademark of oversinging, she puts her voice in the background and lets the lyrics come forth making this her best album.

2nd Best album from Mariah C

I got this album in the 90's in high school and I never listened to the entire thing until years later. I use to only listen to "Honey" and "Breakdown" cause I loved those songs but I found out there are so many more good ones on here like "Whenever You Call" and "Beautiful Ones." Highly reccomended!


Born: March 27, 1970 in Huntington, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The best-selling female performer of the 1990s and one of the most popular artists through the 2010s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice. An elastic talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, she earned frequent comparison to rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but did them both one better by co-writing almost all her material. Like all artists with lengthy periods in the mainstream spotlight, Carey experienced creative...
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