It's hard to believe it, but a quarter century has passed since we first got acquainted with Butterfly, the fifth studio album from music legend Mariah Carey. Like her previous albums, the set proved to be instilled with her magic touch and yielded quite a few hits. Mariah has been on a kick of revisiting all the hallmarks of her career, and she's doing the same with Butterfly the release of an expanded edition of the set in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
The expanded anniversary edition features all the cuts that made the album a hit — including "Honey," "My All," "Breakdown," "Baby Doll" and "The Roof (Back In Time)." But the "expanded" part comes in with a few new additions to the tracklist. There are live versions of "My All" from VH1 Divas Live and "Butterfly" from The Late Show With David Letterman. There are also a cappella versions of "Fourth Of July" and "Outside" along with club mixes of "Butterfly" and "Honey" by the likes of Amorphous and David Morales, respectively.
But the songs that will probably intrigue fans the most are a reimagined version of "The Roof," which taps the talents of Brandy on backing vocals and ad-libs, and the Brian McKnight duet "Whenever You Call." Each track displays Mariah's ability to harmonize with other vocal powerhouses, which is especially true on "The Roof" as the vocal blends there are so seamless it's hard to tell which woman is singing at times.
In addition to the re-release of Butterfly, the elusive chanteuse is also giving fans a documentary about the seminal album and the many things that went into its creation. She gives us a preview of that with a clip titled "Another Taste Of Honey."
The clip delves into the concept, making and execution of the video for the lead single "Honey." The nearly six-minute clip offers exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and stories about the fashion, glamour and mishaps that happened during the Puerto Rico shoot way back in 1997. If the rest of the doc is as insightful as this snippet, then Mariah's lambs are in for a treat.
Take a look at Mariah Carey explaining it all in "Another Taste Of Honey" when you press play and then stick around to stream the Butterfly: 25th Anniversary Expanded Edition in full below.