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Mariah Carey – Butterfly (1997)

March 1, 2013

I was surprised by how many of the 1001 records featured songs (often prominently) of the same name.  To acknowledge, welcome to title track March!

[Album 152/1001]Mcbutterfly

To my dismay: Butterfly could be classified as a ‘breakup album,’ initially triggering my ‘get over it!’ reflex.
To her credit: Based on the recurring butterfly/freedom theme, it sounds like it wasn’t a bad relationship from which to ‘fly away.’

To my dismay: Mariah is the kind of singer whose phrase-ending warbling can turn The Star Spangled Banner into a 30-minute rendition.
To her credit: Due to the subdued nature of the songs, the wandering notes are kept (somewhat) under control here.  While her song choices may sometimes be debatable, she is a powerful singer.

To my dismay: The opening track, Honey, however dance-floor appropriate, featured the aggrandizing backup vocals, “Mariah – you’re on fi-ah.” Ouch.
To her credit: The boasting ends there and the rest of the record, while musically forgettable, is much more substantial lyrically.  Considering her typical label as a ‘Diva,’ it was a refreshing change of pace.

To my dismay: On my first listen, my ipod battery died partway through a run.  Classic first world problem as they say.
To her credit: When this happened, I was disappointed as I was more engaged in the record than I expected.

To my beautiful wife’s gratitude: Butterfly did not feature Mariah’s duet with ODB, Fantasy.  Thus she was spared me drawling, “me and Maaaaaarrrrriiiiiiiiah,” ad nauseam.

From → 1990s

  1. Emily Cavers permalink

    Listen to her covering Def Leppard’s “Bringing on the Heartreak.” Will cure you of any residual Mariah-affection.

  2. This is one of my favorite Mariah albums. I am a HUGE fan of hers. Her harmony is on point. Her songs are current. Her new song Beautiful is just perfect. Yes she has had a few failures. But this one is great. I am surprised you were disappointed. My All, The Roof, Honey, BREAKDOWN (my favorite all time Mariah song… yes I said it), are excellent songs that came off this album. Sometimes I wish Mariah would go back to the music of those days.

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