Butterfly (Vinyl Picture Disc Reissue)

Mariah Carey

Legacy, 2017

http://www.mariahcarey.com

REVIEW BY: David Bowling

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 11/28/2017

During the 1990s, Mariah Carey ruled the pop music world. While her commercial appeal diminished during the 2000s, her sales of 200,000,000 plus albums make her the biggest selling female artist of all time.nbtc__dv_250

Her early albums were pop oriented, but in 1997, the release of Butterfly signaled a change of direction. It has a more urban feel, as her style moved toward hip-hop and rhythm & blues. Now, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release, Butterfly is being reissued as a limited-edition picture disc.

Picture discs have been around for decades. They are issued more as collectibles than records that are actually meant to be played. Early picture discs had audio issues, as the different colors of the vinyl affected the sound. Modern technology has mostly cured that problem.

Carey really came into her own on this album, and she co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks. The only exception was a cover of Prince's "The Beautiful Ones,” on which she shared vocals with Dru Hill.

The number one hit "Honey" fueled the album's new direction. "My All," "Babydoll," "Whenever You Call," and "Outside" solidified her new approach.

Today, the album may seem a little dated and mild, but it was a cohesive and visionary. At the time of its release, it pushed the envelope of popular music as it began the fusion of pop, rhythm & blues, and hip-hop.

This numbered edition of Butterfly is a visual collectible and basically for the hardcore Mariah Carey fan. If you want a copy of the album to actually play, there are cheaper versions available.

Rating: B

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