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An *A* Class R'n'B album from one hell of a vocalist!,
This review is from: Butterfly (Audio CD)
This CD is where Mariah Carey lost a lot of her fans! The dreaded music faux pas; the transition from Pop/Mainstream to Hip-Hop/R'n'B! Most artists when attempting this will fall flat bang on their mainstream face, but, Mariah Carey has surpassed herself, presenting almost a cracking debut in itself, a new album in a new style from a happy and sexy, recently divorced woman!
Expecting a full blown heart touching ballad to begin the album would leave you shocked when a banging Hip-Hop tune thumps into play. "Honey" the first single taken from this album went straight to number one as most of hers had done in previous years. It's slick, with a classy array of artists, including P. Diddy, Bone Thug's and Harmony, Da Brat and Jermaine Dupri. Other guests who contributed to the album non-vocally include Prince and Missy Elliot. My own love of R'n'B came from this album because it showcases so many different musical influences that she had suppressed because of Sony Music and it's heavy hand.
For those who picked Mariah up at this stage in her career, will love the tracks on this album, aswell as those on the two following albums Rainbow and Glitter.
For those expecting the ballads, there are plenty here for them to feast on, and some special little surprises along the way including a certain diamond of a track called "The Beautiful One's". Those who love Mariah simply for the Ferrari of a voice she has boxed up in her throat will find her vocals impressively strong on many of the tracks, along with her angelic and heart felt empathy that go together with these beautiful songs just as Adam and Eve went together.
I could rave about this album for ever, because it simply is pure gold (or platinum, if you care to keep with the hip-hop times)! If you're on the market for a credible R'n'B album then you should snap this one up right away and forget the emotional troubles frenzy that have surrounded Mariah Carey of late and let this album that oozes a sumptuous quality I haven't been able to find since, sweep you away on a stream of "Honey"!