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Butterfly

Mariah Carey

1997

Butterfly

Album Summary

Butterfly is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, released on September 16, 1997, by Columbia Records. The album contained both hip hop and urban adult contemporary sounds, as well as some softer and more contemporary melodies. Throughout the project, Carey worked with Walter Afanasieff, with whom she had written and produced most of the material from her previous albums. She also worked with many famed hip hop producers and rappers, such as Sean "Puffy" Combs, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott and the Trackmasters. With the latter acts producing most of the album, Butterfly deviated from the adult contemporary sound of Carey's previous albums. With Butterfly, Carey continued the transition that began with previous album, Daydream (1995), which pushed her further into the R&B and hip hop market and away from the pop background of her previous work. During her marriage to Tommy Mottola, Carey had little control over the creative and artistic steps she took on her albums, however, after their divorce midway through the album's conception, she was able to reflect her creative maturity and evolution in the album's writing and recording. Carey writes in the booklet of her twelfth studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009), that she considers Butterfly her magnum opus and a turning point in both her life and career. Five singles were released from the album; two worldwide commercial singles and three limited promotional singles. "Honey", the album's lead single, topped the charts in Canada and the United States, and reached the top-five in New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. The album's fifth and final single, "My All", became a top-ten hit throughout Europe and topped the charts in the United States. To promote the album, Carey embarked on the Butterfly World Tour, which visited Australia, Japan and Taiwan, with one show in the United States. Butterfly was nominated for three Grammy Awards at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards. Butterfly received acclaim from music critics, many of whom embraced Carey's musical transition. Reviewers complimented the album for its mature sound and production, as well as Carey's musical direction. Though released during Carey's heavily publicized conflict with Sony Music, the album became an international commercial success, topping the albums charts in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Greece, Japan, the Netherlands, as well as the United States. It was certified five-times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States and received the Million Award in Japan. Globally, Butterfly has sold over ten million copies.

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Rating

2.47

Votes

3677

Genres

  • Pop
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Not unpleasant, and I can see how R&B fans would like this, but it's not for me. Every track sounds exactly the same. Mariah doesn't really sing songs so much as just moan scales.

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5

amazing album

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5

I don't think I realized how much 90s r&b was used in Disney movies credits but this really brought me back to childhood. It's definitely a genre I can't totally get into but none the less this album is a gem. Breakdown is my favorite. But how can we get Fourth of July to be an actual holiday classic?

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Favorite tracks: Honey, Butterfly, My All, The Roof (Back in Time), Fourth Of July, Babydoll, Outside Least favorite tracks: The Beautiful Ones 9/10

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World class voice (5) and sub par songs (2) IMO.

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The Roof Shook Ones Part II sample 🔥, otherwise a very well produced album and Mariah Carey obviously has an incredible voice. Just not the type of music for me

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More whining and oooOOoOooOoos than words.

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Not really a huge fan of the whole diva thing (it sounds too much like when people sing the Star-Spangled Banner and they feel compelled to go "AND THE ROCKETS' RED GLAAAAAEEOUUOOAAIIIEEEEEUUUUUER" for some reason). Also not a huge rap guy. Best song: Close My Eyes, which was the only one I really liked and wouldn't be out of place on a Zero 7 album.

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6/3 Mariah's golden voice over flawlessly executed blends of R&B and Hip-Hop production. Standout Tracks: Honey, Butterfly, The Roof (Back In Time), Breakdown, Babydoll, Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)

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5

amazing spectacular never the same totally unique

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There’s some really good tracks on this thing. Very mellow, the group vocals and harmonies are really nice, I think some songs feel maybe a tiny bit redundant. Babydoll is a standout. Feels so sexy and groovy. Honestly I had a great time with this lol

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Loved the sample from Mobb deep's song (don't know the original sample)

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Spotify. Fave song “Honey”. Give me the singles.

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She has such an incredible voice and such average songs

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I know she has an amazing voice, but I find it jarring when she (or anyone) goes really high with loads of notes added in and she isn't even singing words - essentially just showing off. Also, pop r&b is probably the only genre I find virtually no enjoyment in. I don't care if millions of people love this album, objectivity can do one. 4.5/10

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Great voice and respect to her success. Prefer the R&b vibes to the ballads. The R&B stuff is pretty nostalgic of some 90s teenage house party vibes. But on the whole, not for me.

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Almost 1 hour of Mariah Carey? That is...at least, unexpected. A good album if you want to listen to the same song for 50 minutes. That clean and inoffensive hip-hop/pop/soul mix does not mean anything in the end, but I assume that there are some nice songs for some busy days when you won't turn off your mind and do not think or enjoy the music at all.

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Mariah Carey, pop darling, is known for her silky smooth voice which has graced 17 albums thus far. This her 5th album. Do you want to know something I didn't know? Carey is credited as the PRODUCER for this album! He made these songs!! All this time I thought she was a pretty face with a voice being used by other producers in the game, but no! She's the songwriter, producer, did her own background vocals too. That's hilarious. Anyway, this album marks a turning point in her discography (from what I read). She pivoted from a more watered-down adult contemporary pop sound to a more hip-hop + R&B sound. This is evident in Honey, the album's opening track. Unfortunately, Honey is also the strongest track as the rest of the album falls back into slow jams that are just okay. It's a bit disappointing because it feels like I listened to the same song in 10 or 11 different ways, just not very engaging. Mariah Carey is a wonderful voice that is delegated to the same shtick over and over and over again. This is also a divorce album, so maybe it's warranted. Marvin Gaye did it better, in my opinion.

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Bit of a gear change from Nick Drake to this one. Gotta say a couple of the poppier tracks are pretty groovy. But her vocalisation is not for me and the rest of the album is just a compilation of RnB ballads which gets boring. Slick production but often feels overproduced. 1 star felt too harsh but it's definitely not for me!

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Woof

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Cars crashing, the sound of metal twisting, two pie tins rubbed together, nails across a blackboard- all these are more enjoyable noises.

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It's pretty bad. It fits every cheesy 90s stereotype, even the guy in the background whispering *MC* and *Break it down*. The only redeeming factor is it gave me a laugh

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5

This is my wheelhouse! Loved hearing some R&B; takes me right back to my high school days.

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5

Brings me back to childhood

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5

I was under the impression that I did not particularly care for Mariah Carey's music. I was so wrong! I really dig this album. Outstanding.

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4

I forgot that she's much more than "All I Want for Christmas."

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4

Surprising enjoyable.

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I liked it more then I expected.

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This is earlier Mariah than I was familiar with growing up, but it's great! Her voice is incredible, and I think it does a great job blurring the lines of pop, R&B, and hip-hop. Felt good throughout. Feels like a 3.5 but I'll round up because I found myself grooving!

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quelle voix, 4/5

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3.5

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This album was good. Silky smooth R&B. However, I didn't completely enjoy all of the songs. 4/5 stars.

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Imagine singing like that

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Solid mix of tunes. A little slow for my liking, but it's cool to see the variety of music genres she brings into her music

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Muy buen disco

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Is good, not a big fan of the constant yodeling.

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Big. Time. Pop. Record. When it was popular I was oh, so, too, cool. I was a dummy then. But I was also distracted by music like Radiohead's "OK Computer," which I think is a worthwhile endeavor. So, I'm giving this record a 4/5 for the impact it had on the people I know who loved it (almost every girl in my life between the ages of 2-20).

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Really good album, great beats, harmonies and melodies. Mariah’s singing is still amazing all these years later

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4

syrupy sweet and very "discount sexy" -- breathy hooks and moans, Donna Summer did it better. But Puffy does know what he's doing, it's a solid album.

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overplayed but catchy haha. +1 star because its easy to listen to at work.

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I decently enjoyed it. Very smooth r&b with some hip hop vibes thrown in. Mariah’s voice is perfection but on a few songs she only sings in a sort of whisper which I don’t find as great. Quite a few really good songs on here though. 7/10

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I mean, it's Mariah Carey so it's gonna be good. But that said, this album was worth a listen but not the legendary status where I'd consider it essential for this list. Fave track: "Butterfly", the title track. But this record is no Daydream. Her vocals really "Carey" (har har har) this record. Because even though she has these great whistle tones and amazing technique, and that lives up to the hype, the melodies are meh and the production is just okay. This album reads as much more dated to me than Daydream and the Emancipation of Mimi. And there's the fact that the artist is a serial sexual harasser (funny, isn't it, how the culture dismissed that one during #MeToo) and overalls seems like a shitty person. If I knew her in real life then I'd say I don't know her. Anyway, I digress. Normally this album would be 3 stars but I'm bumping it up one on the strength of the vocals alone.

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Very 90s, not bad.

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Would rate this a 3.5. Not my usual, but it's an interesting mixture of rap and smooth pop.

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Luurangot kaapissa vol x: Tykkään Mariah Careyn slovareista. Tällä levyllä niitä on harmillisen vähän ja R&B-kökköilu on suuremmassa roolissa. Ei siis ihan täyskymppi mutta tukeva kolmonen.

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Not really my type of thing, but Honey has a cool squelchy bass line. I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.

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3

great album cool pop vibes

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was never one of my favorite Mariah Carey albums but it was good

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She does have an incredible voice, and I can certainly see how she influenced pop music at the time. Not really my style, though.

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Sensual, feminine, soothing, pretty. Mariah's luscious vocals are on full display. Gorgeous production. Songs mostly address bedroom tenderness, reminiscences, relationships. Overall, this one wraps like a soft embrace. Doesn't speak to me personally but I can appreciate an album well realized.

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At first I did not enjoy it because it was way too smooth for my taste, but as it went on I settled on the sound and started to sort of enjoy it. I had no idea which song I was on though because they all sound very similar to me.

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First time listening: 8/12 songs liked I much prefer anything upbeat by Mariah Carey: the airy tone she provides becomes TOO airy the slower the song is. Not that disliked the songs on this album, I just like her fast-paced songs more. That said, r&b classic. 2 songs saved

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Brings me back to being a kid for sure. Butterflys have a lot of symbolism in my life. So it gets a quite a bit of points on that end. I am not the biggest R&B fan so, I feel like maybe my rating should be taken with a grain of salt. But man, is there a lot of Just AAaahhh or OOOooOOooooOOOss lol.

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3

Raspy, breathy, kind of seductive. Nice beats, but not something I’d play on the regular.

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boring songs but amazing vocals

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Probably not my favorite Pop album- but they've been so rare on this list that it was quite refreshing

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I'm sure there are reasons why other people love this album, I just don't see them personally.

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3

Honey had me seriously turned off, then Butterfly went and turned things around. That said, this isn't normally to my taste.

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Fik ikke lige hørt det helt færdigt, men det gør jeg i dag.

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Not my cup of tea but she is very good at singing

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too sugary for my liking yet her voice is beautiful

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About what I expected. 5/10

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5/10. Sorry Mariah Carey, you are doomed to be remembered only for your Christmas music.

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3

6/10 great vocal performance of course, but as an album it got a bit boring

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3 i guess. not my jam and I did seriously consider a 2, but her vocal skills kept it at a 3.

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I find this style of smooth RnB a little monotonous, the best parts of the album for me were when the formula got shaken up a little bit, like on "Breakdown". Everything else was just fine, but it just isn't impactful or bold enough to catch my attention, just kinda slides off me. Mariah is a great singer, though.

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3

Very much not my thing, but made for nice background music while I worked.

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Was actually a bit surprised by this album. Had never listened to it and it was better then i thought.

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Nice enough but not really my bag.

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Some good tracks but a bit meh especially for like the best 1001 albums of all time

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I actually liked the majority of it. Not every song, but a lot of them I can see why it was a hit, it's quality. Phenomenal vocal control she's got It makes me nostalgic, they don't make music like this anymore.

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Not bad for a pop starlet. But really a 1001? (5/10) FT: My All

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3

Bom.

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The Roof (Back in Time) - okej, okej, može se i tako iskoristit sample koji je Mobb Deep napravio za Shook Ones Part II. Prije nekih 13-14 godina bio sam ogromni fan BTNH-a, pa zato i znam Breakdown - koja je za mene klasik. Ne, ovo uopće nije loš album, u većinu slučajeva nije moja porcija paštašute (žalopojke većinom), ali ima dobrih stvari i nek sam ovaj album preslušao. Pod dobre stvari stavljam u potpunosti slijedeće - Honey, The Roof (Back in Time), Breakdown i Close My Eyes.

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Nije loš album al mi i nije toliko wau. Možda nisam subjektivna jer mi Mariah nikad nije upala u oko kao neke druge rnb pjevačice 90ih

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I wanted to enjoy this more than I did but yeah, all the songs are just a bit samey, and there's just a lot of vocal layers that are kind of buried in the mix and add nothing. When Mariah actually has a strong vocal line to sing, she sounds incredible, it's just a shame that a lot of the album is so washy

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I've only listened to Caution which is one of my favorite albums from Mariah Carey, so it was nice to check out some of her older material. While I'm not super into her slow ballad pop cuts on here, it's balanced with the hip-hop influenced bangers and R&B burners. It's a very decent album although it wears its era on its sleeve.

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I like my divas a little rougher than this. Mariah Carey is a remarkable singer and I appreciate why this is a popular album. There are some songs that I warmed up to more than I thought I would after several listens. The vocals flit around like… butterflies. There were times I was a bit bored and grew weary of some of the vocals. I think I like Mariah’s pop phase more than this move towards R&B. Still, this is a polished presentation of Mariah Carey’s formidable vocal skills.

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I did not love this album. I found it a bit boring. It got me thinking that maybe I don’t care for r&b slow jams…but that’s not right…this particular album just didn’t hit in the right spot for me today.

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This gave me a chance to spend some time with Mariah Carey, as generally in the past I had avoided her. I was not previously familiar with any of the songs here, even though they seemed to have been popular. "Honey" isn't the sort of song I would normally pick to listen to, but I found it a somewhat interesting and engaging piece, especially the second time through. Then, there was the rest of the hour of warbling slow jam adult contemporary (maybe best exemplified by "Fourth of July") with a soupçon of hip hop (see "Breakdown"). This very, very extended smooth mood seemed only to be broken by the dancey anthem "Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)" which did inspire me to raise my arms and strut along a bit before going back to the boudoir. I might just feel a little more appreciative of her work, although it's not likely I'll be back. I have, however, filed "Fly Away" for inspiration emergencies.

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Vocal powerhouse

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Ik vroeg me al af waar dit soort albums bleven in deze lijst. Hoewel ik er op voorhand een beetje tegenop zag, kon ik het voor een keer best goed hebben.

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I wasn't relishing listening to this album much, but it was more pleasant than I anticipated. That said, it did conform to my preconceptions: silky smooth R&B underlying Mariah's unique voice. Wouldn't listen again, but don't feel that my ears have been violated.

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Of course Mariah Carey has a good voice. The production seems a bit dated though and some of the songs read as very shallow (esp that one about growing up too soon) Overall it’s not an unpleasant experience, it could just be so much more

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Geez - I totally forgot how tiresome R&B tracks had become by the late 90s. Slow jam after slow jam with synthesized everything accompanied by little more than a fretless bass guitar. FKA Twigs this is not! While still largely constrained to the formula above, I would point to the track 'Breakdown' as a pleasant break out (at least in meter) from the well-worn guardrails that the rest of the album feels tied down by. Above the tracks Mariah's vocals are flawless and float back and forth between smokey seduction and belting power. I'd point to 'My All' and 'Close My Eyes' as being the stars of the album in particular.

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Mariah has a good voice but even though this song was a departure from her usual pop towards more R&B the album was just kinda boring. A whole hour of slow ballads that all sound the same is just not that entertaining

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Her involvement with the songs is something that I respect, and I definitely underestimated her singing abilities, but the songs themselves are just a bit lacklustre for me, nothing exciting or memorable.

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This was actually pretty good. Not something I'd typically listen to, but enjoyable nonetheless. I would listen to it again!

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An excellent album if not out of step with most of everything on this list.

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I can appreciate her talent, I'm just not a fan of Mariah Carey

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Kerran kuunteli läpi ilman tuskaa

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Mega zoete pop liedjes. Ondanks dat Mariah wel goed kan zingen, is dit niet mijn smaak.

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basic 90s pop

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I know I'm supposed to like 90s RnB on the principle of being a music fan, but....

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Маша, садись, 2!.. может не то настроение было, но прям тяжело слушать было

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Oof. Might skip this one.

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pooop

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I appreciate the talent and like the song with Bone Thugs but listening to an entire Mariah album was a challenge.

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Pas vraiment ecoute. Je n’ai roen perdu 2*

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Can truly fabricate a rhyme, and great pipes. Too churchy feeling for me

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Was interesting to go through the history of the album. But that was the best bit for me unfortunately.

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Solid 2. Respect to the voice. Honey is a bit of a tune. But just not my vibe.

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Not as much of an ordeal listening to this, maybe because Matilda and Nat enjoyed it so I fed off of their energy. R&B was never my thing. But her voice is amazing which makes the tunes more listenable to me than a lot of stuff from the same genre.

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that bone thugs verse in breakdown is like straight out of crossroads tf is up with that lmao. she's got impeccable control over her voice, that's for sure, but i'm just not a fan of the 30 bpm R&B love song

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Poppy R and B album that is just kinda there. Nothing really stands out besides Mariah’s vocals. 4.9/10

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Mariah is an amazing vocalist, this just isn't my thing.

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an R&B classic. I just don't like R&B.

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2/5. I'm sure her fans love it. But, I detest everything about her diva attitude and it affects my enjoyment of the music. sorry.

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Not for me.

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Not my jam.

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r&b pop. kind of reminds me of a kpop album that drags on too long.

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Yeah it was alright but won't spin it again to be honest

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Mariah, stop breathing in my ear. If I hear one more "nah-nah-nah" "uh-uh-uh" "ooh-ooh-ooh", I am not putting you on again. Records like these make me happy I am not a professional music reviewer. I am sure that high-school girls in the 90's had the most pleasant daydreams listening to this overly sweet and sentimental crap, but I can't find the words to express what this record does to me. I guess I like the album cover, so thanks for that?

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Some classic jams, but too much "breathy" singing. I only remember listening to her albums before this one.

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couldn't really tell you why. I just don't find this interesting or enjoyable to listen to

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2/5 way too cutie for me

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2 1/2

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Not a fan of Mariah Carey. 2/5

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Aw, crap. Well, I guess I'm listening to this... I'm trying to be open minded… I don't like the 'uh-huh's... nothing resonates with me... ¿Am I still listening?... Mariah really needed to get some people to stop chatting in the background... runs and whispers... ¿Who's whistling?… oh, that's singing... Nope... whew!… it's over.

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It was fine, but ultimately not for me. I couldn't finish the last two tracks .

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I know its good, its just not for me

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Where was the oomph?

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Tja... 2,5

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Meh

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Too sweet...

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Without the context of why this is on the list, I was confused. It is so edited and produced it is almost unlistenable. It’s the vocal equivalent of bad photoshop. Which is shame because I’m sure she has amazing talent, it’s just hidden by production.

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Everyone knows she has a great voice. But every song is too softly sung and instantly forgettable. Not for me

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Not my thing.

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Why sing one note when you can sing 5? Sorry painful listening for me.

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Prachtige stem maar ik hou niet van dit soort r&b

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It sounds like shit but that's not what music is about. That's not in the spirit of music I'm hear to learn. I hear to learn.

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I appreciate her place in music, but I just don’t like divas

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The longest breathy sigh recorded in human history lasting exactly 57:20.

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I’m a day behind, but guys! You completely buried the lede here: there’s a song with Bone Thugz & Harmony. Hahaha! I was so happy when I heard that. Also, genuinely might be the most enjoyable song on the record. Anywho, I’m with Alex in that I have a very low tolerance for the breathy, whisperbrato she sings with on so much of this album. Is that even singing? I don’t know. All I know is when she sings at full volume (back half of “Butterfly,” parts of “Whenever You Call” it’s almost like a different person hopped in the recording booth. And I like it so, so much better. I just can’t with the endless vocal runs at a loud whisper. Project, Mariah! Hold a single note! All that said, I didn’t hate it all. “Close My Eyes” was the standout, imo, and I thought the Prince cover was okay? I mean, I never thought the song needed a shot of gospel but that’s an idea.

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As far as I know, I've never heard anything from this album. And I'm a fan of at least a few early Mariah songs. So let's see what's what. Yeah, this is pretty generic. Sounds great, production-wise, but I don't remember any of these songs. And they don't seem memorable. And then The Beautiful Ones turns out to be the best song, but this is a pretty dull version. So... yeah. No Vision of Love? Not even Fantasy? Nope, no coming back for more here.

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Her voice is amazing, but the songs are all so fucking corny, cheesy soft-ballad love/lust lyrics, sterile musical backing. If the music industry had let her follow her muse more like that stunning early career version of 'I'll Be There' then perhaps her music would be less mock-seductive and could be more genuinely musical. Tunes for 12 year old girls.

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meh

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I was between a 2 and 3, but honestly it was just too repetitive for my taste. Almost every song just has too much of Mariah Carey’s humming/display of vocal range. Like, “OOooOoooWahHooOoOoOoo you get a twoOoOooooo”

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R´n´B Pop aller erster Güte. Wer´s mag. Ich nicht so.

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This album is not for me. I always found Mariah Carey to be extremely overrated and boring. I recognize this is probably something most other people would enjoy

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oooooOOOOOooooOOOOooo damn she can sing, and it all sounds good, but every single song is so bland and uninteresting. Could be so much better if Mariah stopped breathing down the mic and sung about something

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Sounds like a load of Disney movie credit songs. Too cheesy for me. Missing an "All I want for Christmas" banger. Still, she was an early crush of mine, so kudos for that, I guess?

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allright. some good tracks.

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she's a good singer obviously but a whole album of her music gets obnoxious

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Some ok beats, warbling singing is not for me.

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Ik heb een poging gedaan maar na een nummer of 5 moest ik de tandarts bellen omdat ik spontaan een paar tanden was verloren door deze zoetigheden. Wel nog een extra ster voor de Prince cover.

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mariah has an incredible voice of course, but the production and songwriting just isnt there. feels like i would get the same enjoyment listening to her perform a book of vocal etudes.

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What can I say - not a Mariah Carey fan. She does too many runs with her singing. it makes every song sound similar and it is annoying.

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Mariah's a talented singer and the production of the album sounds great. I'm not a fan of R&B though and prefer her earlier, more straight pop oriented songs to this album. All of that said, 13 year old me absolutely owned this CD back in the day.

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Really, *really* boring.

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Mariah Carey mumbling through some scales over Puffy beats is not my idea of a good time. If she's got to be on the list, why not include the one with the Boyz II Men collaboration? The stealth Bone Thugz track saves this from a 1. Best track: Breakdown

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Just goes on a bit really.

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I knew this day would come. Shame there’s decent pop songs under her insufferable voice.

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Definetly not my jam.

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Blah.

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Terrible

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Not possible - I hate her

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No never, straight up no

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Not my style

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Ei iske tää R&B sitten yhtään. Nuori Mariah levyn kannessa oli se levyn paras osa, mutta ei pysty pelkästään sillä meriitillä nostamaan arvosanaa ykkösestä ylöspäin. Kaksi kertaa tuli levy kuunneltua läpi ja pitkältä tuntui, enkä muista diggailleeni erityisesti missään kohdassa.

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Jesus Christ - this is dreadful. I thought there might be some hidden gems on here, but it's dreadful from start to finish.

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Reaaally boring

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Just can’t ….

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Not my thing at all. Death by melisma.

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J'ai écouté deux chansons et j'ai craqué. ça me fait relativiser d'avoir mis 1 à Metallica

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A lot of whining and moaning not much else

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Into the second song I wasn't sure I'd get through it. Not my bag at all really. I can't do all the vocal gymnastics. Yes I listened to it all. Don't imagine for one minute I'll listen to it again. God knows what it's done to my spotify algorithm.

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Nope

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Nah

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Nah, you're alright thanks.

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Boring

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Could not listen to this

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'Honey' is decent off-kilter pop, but after that it was as I feared - schmaltzy ballads and aimless R&B. Good voice but boring music that drags on too long. Not irredeemably bad, but In the context of the 1001 most essential albums, for my particular tastes, this is near the bottom. 1.5

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Oh dear

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I wanna stan but no way I can

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Butter-shit.

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Musical pollution. In the case of the people vs. Mariah Carey, this is evidence for the prosecution.

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No. Too many notes.

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90s pop r&b just really isn’t good

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I wanted to do this properly - give the album a good listen, dissect the good and bad, try to dig out why this merits being on this app. However, and with all due respect, this is absolute dog. The one thing I will say is that I can hear echoes of Carey in a slew of artists who trailed in her wake, so its influence is not to be doubted. The music itself is crap - without the vocals, it's what you get when on hold to your car insurer. Surprisingly, the vocals are rank, too. Carey is no doubt a supreme technical singer, but her primacy of technique over feeling leaves this a real mess of melisma. With some more judicious choices the ballad 'Butterfly' could be a lovely song. And by 'judicious', I mean 'restrained'. Even that husky, breathy ersatz sotto voce (her greatest legacy) fails to sound sexy when it's pumping and heaving against a wall of similar vocals, trilling and gushing to fill every last corner of the soundscape. It has the potential to harrow. Hell, there's even a bit in my favourite track where Carey sounds like she's struggling to breathe properly. I'm sure someone can correct me on her breath control, but much of the time it's as if she's about to sneeze.

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Mariah Carey's voice is an amazing instrument. But this album sucks hard. It's boring and lazy on just about every front. Krazie Bone is cool though.

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Sorry Puff but you're wrong. This is one personality void that can't be filled by any amount of moneyed production. Such a stupid inclusion that I kind of feel sorry for Mariah.

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Ouf, ça dégouline la pop ça! Après une première pièce qui a attiré ma curiosité, l’album s’enfonce dans une ballade r&b sans, malheureusement, le génie d’un Stevie Wonder. Nous serons captifs de ce sirop qui ne prend pas aux tripes mais finit par tomber sur le cœur. Très léger, très superficiel, racoleur à fond. Les rythmes hip hop qui parsèment l’album sont une appropriation honteuse pour vendre de la copie. Ce n’est pas de la musique facile pour autant, mais les vocalises de la diva, toutes virtuoses soient-elles, me tapent sur les nerfs. Je les accuse aussi, ces vocalises, d’avoir pavé la voie à une tradition de chanteuses s’égosillant à tout crin. Serais-je victime de mes préjugés à l’encontre de la musique commerciale? Sans doute. J’accorderai une étoile pour le bénéfice du doute.

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Voy a escucharlo, pero es lo más alejado a mi interés solo un poco por detrás de mi odio/miedo a Michael Jackson & family. ¡Qué pérdida de tiempo escucharlo! ¡qué de gorgoritos y rollo aburrido de diva de la canción! Entiendo que haya quien le guste, pero está muy lejos de mí.

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Refused to listen. Played some Crass instead.

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Reading the Wikipedia page for this I was hoping for at least some Missy Elliot, but that track is not even on the album. Skipped through this. Mariah couldn’t Carey less, for me.

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Really really hated it. And I like everything.

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Waarom deze zoetsappigheid van die zangvibrator nu tot beste albums ooit moet horen, is mij een raadsel

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My wife knew every word

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Awful. Okay if yo like this sort of thing I suppose, but I cannot stand her voice.

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Things I would rather do than listen to this album again: 1. Stick my hand into a nest of murder hornets 2. Eat Taco Bell for 24 meals in a row 3. Binge-watch Joanie Loves Chachi Yes, it was that bad to me. The only positive thing I'll say is that, while I've never found Mariah Carey to be at all attractive, she does look sort of hot on the album cover. 1 star.

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Ненавижу.

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