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Carey's first post-divorce effort makes passing allusions to her ex-hubby (and label honcho) Tommy Mottola, but it doesn't dwell on them the way many similar projects do. Instead, Carey is right back to her old tricks; cooing trademark melismatic spirals through sexy, beat-heavy hits. Fans will dig the bedroom slink of "Baby Doll," the dripping "Honey" and the infectious title track (reprised, along with a bit of Elton John's "Skyline Pigeon," in "Fly Away"). The highlight is a duet with Dru Hill on Prince's "The Beautiful Ones," which just might be her most pointed commentary on Mottola. --Michael Ruby

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  4. The RoofMariah Carey 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Fourth of JulyMariah Carey 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. BreakdownMariah Carey feat. Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. BabydollMariah Carey 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Close My EyesMariah Carey 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Whenever You CallMariah Carey 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)Mariah Carey 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. The Beautiful Ones (Featuring Dru Hill)Mariah Carey feat. Dru Hill 6:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. OutsideMariah Carey 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: September 16, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002BQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Crini River on June 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
For her fifth traditional, non-holiday studio album, Mariah Carey raises the bar and creates a beautiful R&B-laced album. But this album is much unlike most albums in this category. This is a true work of art, a beautiful concept album at its best!!

Everything about this album is perfect! From the lyrics to the music to the production to the sequencing, very, very little could ever be done to improve this record. It is hands-down Mariah's best work, and actually my favorite record of all time!

Following a difficult marriage and painful divorce, Mariah digs much deeper than ever before, uncovering personal layers of herself listeners never would have imagined. The album doesn't dwell on the bitterness of the divorce, but, rather, salvages the memories of the relationship. Songs like "My All," "The Roof," "Breakdown," and the title track reflect upon lost love, express the personal agony of ending a relationship, and recall bittersweet memories of past relationships.

Although some of the aftershocks of her break-up with Tommy Mattola are evident in 'Butterfly,' the record does not focus solely on the topic. The album also consists of catchy, ear-candy tunes ("Honey", "Babydoll"), well-crafted love ballads ("Fourth of July", "Whenever You Call"), and beautiful personal reflections on life (the closing number "Outside", and the exceptional "Close My Eyes").

The musicality of the album is top-notch. Each song is very distinct from the rest, leaving the listener with a different feel for each track. However, while diverse, the tracks work in unison to create a complete work of art.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason on August 8, 2000
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Even though this album is 3 years old, it still lingers on! This is the album that turned me into a Mariah Fanatic! All songs are soulful, hip, and great! If you're sick of the blonde singers (Britney Spears, etc..) Then this is the singer to turn too! Here is a review of her songs.
1.Honey- Very hip, great choice for the first song on this album, makes you wanna listen to the whole album. 10/10
2.Butterfly- Great song again, the albums name. Very refreshing and soft. The lyrics are great and Mariah's voice is perfect. 10/10
3.My All- Now this is another good song, but not Great in my opinion, the background drowns out Mariahs wonderful voice. But its very 'European'. Still a good song though, it gets a 9/10
4.The Roof-Hip, Edgy, modern, and sort of rap style for Mariah, another good song. 9.5/10
5.Fourth of July-Definately an awesome song! I think they shouldof made a video of this one. I love the background music and jungle like noises and stuff. This is one of the best songs on the album. 10/10
6.Breakdown- Very catchy and good tune. I really like this song. Glad they made a video off of it. 10/10
7.Babydoll- Rap-like, kinda neat with the vocalist in the background. 9.5/10
8.Close My Eyes-A Masterpiece! Very emotional like, i LOVE this song, it almost puts a tear in your eye. 10/10
9.Whenever You Call-a good song, good tune. 9/10
10.Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)- Very cool reprise, so it would have 12 songs.
11. The Beautiful Ones- Hip, kinda strange vocals and background music. I think a little too many 'baby,baby,baby's 8.5/10
12. Outside-A good ending song, slow and peaceful 10/10
Hope this review helped! I think any Mariah fans should definately add this album to there collection! Its also good for people who just heard of Mariah Carey!
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By bgflynn on July 23, 2001
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This is by far Mariah's best album and the album that made me a fan! it's so beautiful and heartfelt.
1. Honey - Great up-tempo song ya all know it, It became her 12th #1 song.
2. Butterfly - A beautiful ballad...I really can't descibe in words how wonderful it is.
3. My All - This is my favorite song on the album, it's classic Mariah.
4. The Roof - Another great song, It has greatl lyrics, soem of the best Mariah has ever written.
5. Fourth of July - This is the only song that I'm not that into, it's kinda like "Underneathe the Stars".
6. Breakdown - Mariah's best song after "Vision Of Love" Mariah and Bone Thugs = The best stuff you ever heard.
7. Babydoll - This song is a really great R&B song.
8. Close My Eyes - A very personal ballad, beautiful melody and great lyrics. This song sometimes brings a tear to my eye.
9. Whenever You Call - Old School Mariah type ballad.
10. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) - Nice dance mix
11. The Beautiful Ones - One of Mariah's best remakes...and Dru Hill sounds great on it!
12. Outside - Great ballad for anyone who feels..."On the outside".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zhang-A on June 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Attention: Mariah Carey has changed. No more parent-accepted humble clothing; no more sweet-natured adult-contemporary sound. Instead, she starts to put on sexier outfits (or in other words, she wears considerably less clothes than usual), and she steers her music into hip-hop influenced sound. The result: SURPRISINGLY AWESOME!

After listening to Mariah singing one ballad after another for more than half a decade, you'd think she would remain such a sweet girl forever and ever. Yet on this album, she shows the naughty and seductive side of herself. And it works out really well; you'd wish she has done this earlier. The songs are arguably among her best works. "Honey" is simply outstanding, possibly one of her best up-tempos. The music is hip and sensual, the lyrics seductive, and Mariah sounds sexier than ever. "When you love someone so deeply/ They become your life/ Its easy to succumb to overwhelming fears inside/ Blindly I imagined I could/ Keep you under glass..." are the first verses of the beautifully written title track, which she sings so flawlessly, holding back her voice until it explodes into climax on the bridge. "The Roof" also stands out with its sexy lyrics and Mariah's breathy-yet-soulful delivery, while "Fourth Of July" offers one of Mariah most romantic lyrics yet: "...Then you put your hand in mine/ And we floated away/ Delicately lay entwined/ In an intimate daze/ A crescent moon began to shine/ And I wanted to stay/ Tangled up with you among the fireflies/ On that Fourth of July...". On another track, "Breakdown", she offers perhaps the funkiest break-up songs ever; it is actually one of my favorite tracks. Her voice really shines on this yet another really well written track.
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