First Hit #1: February 19, 2000
There sure are a lot of people on this song. Mariah Carey, for one, who loves to do overdubs anyway but restrains herself this time around. Then you’ve got Joe, and an entire boyband. Truthfully, Butterfly had a lot of collaborators, which is a common trend in hip hop music as it is – it’s usually seen as remarkable when an artist has a limited number of guest verses or a small number of producers. The effect on Thank God I Found You kind of pushes Carey into the background on her own singles. There are just too many voices here, and there’s only four minutes of song to shove them all in there. It’s just kind of a mess, it’s difficult to have a coherent sound when you’re putting in so many different people, none of whom particularly want to be in the background, and all of whom want at least a small moment in the spotlight. A choir makes beautiful music, but in a choir it’s important that the majority of the voices don’t stand out, instead blending in to make a harmonious whole, one without ego. In pop music, ego is important, so having so many voices on the same song, and so many famous voices at that, can only make a bit of an incoherent mess. Everyone wants the spotlight, so it means nobody actually gets it.