12 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
487 Ratings
487 Ratings
KaraMCFan ,

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!!!!!

Caramelgirl ,

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.

ELLE//\\//<3 ,

this is awesome

even though Mariah has come out with some many more new songs, this album is still fun to listen to

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