With 'Butterfly,' Mariah Carey Became the Blueprint

It’s hard to fathom, but Mariah Carey is one of our last true pop stars.

Maybe the significance of her success is obscured by the fact that she’s consistently given us top-notch music 

throughout the last three decades (though she famously does not recognize the concept of time).

 It can be easy to take her for granted. 

 But it’s one thing for music to be good, or popular simply, and it’s another for its influence to span generations.

Twenty-five years ago this week, Mariah Carey was, in a way, reborn. 

Though she was already a global superstar riding high off the success of her previous five albums