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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

2.45

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4589

Genres

  • Pop
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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

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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Fri May 14 2021
2

More whining and oooOOoOooOoos than words.

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Tue Sep 22 2020
1

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
1

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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Thu Sep 23 2021
1

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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Fri Oct 30 2020
5

amazing album

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Thu May 20 2021
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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Fri May 14 2021
5

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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Thu May 20 2021
3

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

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

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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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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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Fri Sep 10 2021
2

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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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

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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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

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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Mon Apr 19 2021
5

amazing spectacular never the same totally unique

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

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

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Thu Oct 29 2020
3

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

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Thu May 26 2022
3

She has such an incredible voice and such average songs

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

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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Wed Feb 24 2021
1

Woof

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Fri Jan 07 2022
1

Could not listen to this

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Thu Jan 27 2022
1

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

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

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

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

Brings me back to childhood

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Fri Jun 24 2022
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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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

absolute perfection from start to finish.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Surprising enjoyable.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

I liked it more then I expected.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

quelle voix, 4/5

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

3.5

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

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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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Imagine singing like that

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Muy buen disco

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

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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Mon May 09 2022
4

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

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Fri May 13 2022
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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Thu May 19 2022
4

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

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

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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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

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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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Nice enough, liked Beautiful Ones.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

I wasn't sure what to think about this album at first. This is after the era where I was aware of what Mariah Carey was doing and doesn't contain any of the songs I think of when her name is mentioned. However, at this point I'm three songs deep in the album and I recognize all of them. Moreover, each song has its own thing going on. Some sound more like her earlier work, some presage some of the movements in pop music that would happen in the early 2000s. The hip-hop tracks provide a good balance to the more straightforward R&B tracks. Her vocals are more subdued than a lot of the vocal acrobatics of her earlier work, though the angelic power of her voice is still evident in every track. I do feel like the album bogs down a bit as it goes, but overall it's still a 4/5

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

Prachtige stem , mooie songs!

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

Fantastische zangeres, en iets meer R&B dan ik verwachtte. Je merkt waar Beyoncé de mosterd haalde

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Very 90s, not bad.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

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

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Wed May 05 2021
3

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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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

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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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

great album cool pop vibes

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

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

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

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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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

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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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

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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Mon May 24 2021
3

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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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

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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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

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

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

boring songs but amazing vocals

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

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

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

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

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Fri Dec 03 2021
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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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

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

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

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

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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

too sugary for my liking yet her voice is beautiful

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

About what I expected. 5/10

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

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

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Sun Feb 06 2022
3

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

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

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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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

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

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

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

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

Nice enough but not really my bag.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

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

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

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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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

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

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Bom.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

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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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

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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Thu May 26 2022
3

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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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

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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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

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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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

Vocal powerhouse

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

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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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

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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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

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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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

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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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

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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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

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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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

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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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

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

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

It shames me to like this. Beyond a select few hits, I hated the predominance of R&B in the 90s pop charts, most of which were super generic and too focused on highlighting the singer's voice than anything. Maybe Mariah invented the trend. But either way, this is almost an exception, or at least the very least when you put effort into making a decent album out of it. The production is fantastic, with interesting arrangements taking influence from hip hop, jazz, and downtempo, both atmospheric and chill, with smooth transitions between tracks that make the whole album consistent despite the varying styles. I love the multi-tracking vocals, allowing the compositions to be colorful and full of life. However, I think it takes a sharp turn into the R&B realm of the generic, uninspired, and lame following "Breakdown." Production is still great, but not interesting enough to maintain my attention, especially with the tiresome overused tricks. My favorite songs were the disco tracks like "Honey" and "Fly Away", and I wish they expanded on that more. But I can see the merit in the well-made ballads "Butterfly" and "My All." In the end, the only track to be taken seriously is "Honey". Favorites: Honey, The Roof, Fourth of July, Breakdown, Fly Away

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

okay.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Vocals do shine on this one. “Mariah Carey has a great voice” is like, one of the least controversial opinions a 90’s kid like me could have. Some reviews I saw were claiming a lot of her vocals were “showing off”, which is a criticism I find as idiotic as when people criticize bands like Rush for “showing off” their instrumental prowess. Great love songs with more instrumental diversity than I expected, with piano, guitar, Latin percussion, trap beats, and more sprinkled around to create the soundscapes. All that said, the fact that most of these are fundamentally low tempo R&B love songs does mean that they fade together a bit after a while. The first few songs are great, but after that it gets old. A heavily frontloaded album, but that front load is good enough to give this a decent rating. Top Tracks: - Honey – Nice dance track. - Butterfly – Solid anthemic track. - My All – High tier love ballad with a little bit of Latin influence. - The Roof (Back in Time) – Great sensual song.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

It was so strange hearing Shook Ones (Part II) and Tha Crossroads samples on a Mariah Carey album. 3/5

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

suurin osa albumista geneeristä 90 luvun pop r ja b tyylistä musiikkia.... onneksi tytteli saa laulunpäästä kiinni MAINIOSTI. muutama sävellys, etenkin albumin loppu-puolella on myös MUUSIKKILLISESTI niin sanotusti myös hyviä. KESKIVERTOINEN albumi ei millään tavalla merkkityksellinen,,,, A alabumin nimikko biisi butterfly paras...

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Mejor de lo que esperaba. Soportable. La verdad es que tiene muy buena voz. No sabía que Honey era suya.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Cover of Prince's The Beautiful Ones best memory of this album. Listened to the 25th Anniversary Edition.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

I'm not really a fan of pop music and hardly a fan of Mariah Carey. Still, this wasn't as agonizing as I expected it to be. Saved tracks: Honey, My All, The Roof (Back In Time)

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

Girl could sing, for sure.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
2

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

Kerran kuunteli läpi ilman tuskaa

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

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

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

basic 90s pop

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

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

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

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

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Oof. Might skip this one.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
2

pooop

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

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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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

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

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

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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Thu May 27 2021
2

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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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

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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Sun Jul 25 2021
2

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

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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

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

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Thu Aug 05 2021
2

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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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

Not for me.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
2

Not my jam.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

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

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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

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

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Sun Sep 19 2021
2

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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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

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

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

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

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Mon Oct 11 2021
2

2/5 way too cutie for me

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

2 1/2

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

This isn't really my cup of tea, but I'll give props where they're due: Mariah has a phenomenal voice, and it sounds like she worked with some of the best producers on this record. That being said, I don't think many of the songs stood out and it was very long.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

Not a fan of Mariah Carey. 2/5

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

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

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

I know its good, its just not for me

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Fri Dec 03 2021
2

Where was the oomph?

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Tja... 2,5

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Fri Dec 10 2021
2

Meh

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Tue Jan 04 2022
2

Too sweet...

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Thu Jan 06 2022
2

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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Sun Jan 09 2022
2

Mariah is showing off her vocal range in this atmospheric R&B album that is touched with Gospel and Rap. The most lasting thing about this album though is the fascination she has with butterflies. Otherwise, even the leading tracks don't reach the same heights as other singles of hers.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
2

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

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Sun Jan 23 2022
2

Not my thing.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

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

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

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

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

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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Thu Mar 03 2022
2

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

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

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

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

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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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

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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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

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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Mon Apr 11 2022
2

meh

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

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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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

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

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Sun May 22 2022
2

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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Thu May 26 2022
2

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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Mon Jun 06 2022
2

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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Thu Jun 09 2022
2

allright. some good tracks.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
2

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

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Sun Jun 26 2022
2

Some ok beats, warbling singing is not for me.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
2

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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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

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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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

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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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

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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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Really, *really* boring.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
2

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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Thu Aug 04 2022
2

Just goes on a bit really.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

Did not enjoy this. Mariah may well be an amazingly talented singer but this album felt like a real slog to get through. It's like really cheap diet popcorn. Horribly saccharine taste, but utterly unsatisfying. Fave track - Uh... the remix of "Honey" with the rappers, I guess? Or "The Beautiful Ones" seemed to have a bunch of other singers involved to somewhat dilute the Careyness of it all... 😒

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

Yeah, ok, not my cup of tea.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
2

R&b blanc amb petites notes de hip hop i house; és el suposat 'Lemonade' de Carey, després del seu marimoni frustrat amb el president de Sony. La màgia, però, aquí no hi és, i els temes van deixant-se passar l'un a l'altre sense que res interessant acabi passant

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Ah yes, the 90's... right back to my childhood. The album has that typical 90's r&b sound alot of similar artists had. My gf was really glad I 'had' to listen to this album lol.. I'm not really a fan of Mariah's breathy singing style. and almost find it annoying to listen to it. It's like everything she sings she does it in an hushed/whispery way. The album was a nice trip down memory lane because I grew up with this type of R&B.. but that's about it.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
2

It's an interesting piece given when she made it and introducing rap and R&B together, and she is obviously an amazing singer. For me, this is not very engaging and it is easy to lose focus with this on.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
2

She's a fantastic singer, even if her overly-commercial pop genre is not my cup of tea. Some good songs and fine performances here, but my god everybody involved should be mortified and embarrassed by including the godawful cover of the Prince song ("The Beautiful Ones," here played for seven excruciating god damn minutes at such a sluggish pace it's actually distracting and frankly upsetting).

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Sun Oct 02 2022
2

She really does like showing off her voice. It wasn't bad. 3 2

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Wed Oct 12 2022
2

Shes got a good voice but would a decent song writer go amiss? Practically zero tunes

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Mariah Carey's music is not my thing, but this record is mostly listenable at low volume. I don't find it compelling but the production and vocals are smooth. That said, in listening to this I've found that it's best if I turn it down to the level of background music. Furthermore, if given any kind of choice, even from the same genre, I'd choose something else.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
2

I won't deny that Carey has an amazing vocal range and performance, but it's completely wasted on soulless commercial pop like this. Too much vocal filler and seemingly computer-generated instrumentals just leave this LP feeling lifeless and flat - RIP to the session musicians responsible for playing the blandest backgrounds possible on this one.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
2

Pop comercial lamigoso. Rollo. Un 2.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
2

nicht meins. insgesamt hab ichs bissl fad gfunden, und irgendwie overproduced oderso

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Thu Nov 05 2020
1

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

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Wed Sep 09 2020
1

Definetly not my jam.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
1

Blah.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
1

Terrible

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Wed Feb 17 2021
1

Not possible - I hate her

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Wed Jun 09 2021
1

No never, straight up no

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Fri Apr 23 2021
1

Not my style

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Wed May 05 2021
1

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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Wed Jul 07 2021
1

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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Mon Jul 12 2021
1

Reaaally boring

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Sun Jul 25 2021
1

Just can’t ….

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Mon Aug 16 2021
1

Not my thing at all. Death by melisma.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
1

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

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Thu Sep 02 2021
1

A lot of whining and moaning not much else

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Sun Oct 31 2021
1

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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Fri Nov 05 2021
1

Nope

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Wed Nov 24 2021
1

Nah

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Fri Nov 26 2021
1

Nah, you're alright thanks.

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