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The death of a founding member would derail most bands. Yet, despite the tragic loss of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes -- the rapping third of the best-selling female trio TLC -- in a 2002 car crash, surviving members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chili" Thomas stay on track with the surprisingly polished 3D. A portion of the disc, the group's fourth and


The death of a founding member would derail most bands. Yet, despite the tragic loss of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes -- the rapping third of the best-selling female trio TLC -- in a 2002 car crash, surviving members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chili" Thomas stay on track with the surprisingly polished 3D. A portion of the disc, the group's fourth and possibly last, was recorded prior to Lopes's death and features the quick-witted rhymes we'll all miss. On "Girl Talk," Left Eye quips, "You got to lick it/ before you stick it," while T-Boz and Chili sing in hushed tones, revealing what women really talk about during those covert ladies-room sessions. That same finger-snapping, man-checking attitude -- a TLC signature that drove such hits as "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" and "No Scrubs" -- is prevalent throughout the disc, and with beats coming from Dallas Austin, Timbaland, and Rodney Jerkins, the trio shapes another batch of slinky, dance-oriented R&B grooves based on their tried-and-true formula. Top-notch examples include the Timbaland-produced "Dirty Dirty," with its tumbling drums, electro-kazoo sound effects, and chanted hook, and the womping bass line and handclaps of the Austin-twiddled "Quickie." But these crazy-sexy ladies have never been afraid to slow the tempo and show their cool, more vulnerable side. In the tradition of heartstring-tuggers "Waterfalls" and "Unpretty," TLC don't shy away from introspection here. Admitting to their inner demons on the stellar, folksy-pop "Damaged," T-Boz sings: "I'm falling in love/ There's one disadvantage/ I want you to know that I've been damaged." Though they've experienced both the joys and pains of love, and the sudden loss of a dear friend, adversity has apparently made T-Boz and Chili stronger, and those bittersweet memories add new dimension to 3D.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
How good is TLC? So good that they survive the tragic, early death of a key member -- Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who was killed in a car accident during the recording of 3D -- with grace and style, turning out a record that sits comfortably next to their modern classics, Crazysexycool and FanMail. Perhaps surviving members Chilli and T-Boz spend a little too much time in the lyrics paying tribute to their colleague, but it's easy to glide past that and just concentrate on the strong songwriting and stylish production. Like their previous albums, the particulars don't matter as much as the overall impression. No member of TLC has an astounding voice, but their skills are exploited to the hilt, since the material not only suits them; it's melodic, memorable, and grows in stature with each play. Best of all, the production plays to the strength of the song, balancing the group's character and abilities with the hooks and character of the song. Perhaps 3D doesn't blaze trails like their other albums, but it never plays it safe, it always satisfies, and it's one of the best modern soul albums of 2002. A bittersweet triumph, perhaps; but it's better to go out on a positive note. [The album is also available as a 13-song clean edition.]
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
The album isn't the romp it might have been had Lopes survived, but 3D solidly embodies black pop in a year in which it has lacked a center.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
Thanks to such hired guns as the Neptunes and Rodney Jerkins, TLC have made a better post-tragedy album than expected. (B)
Vibe - Dimitri Ehrlich
There are plenty of lovely moments -- from the clean, sharp vocal arrangements of "Good Love" to the gorgeous guitar lines Raphael Saadiq plays on "So So Dumb." 1/2

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

TLC   Primary Artist
Babyface   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Debra Killings   Bass,Background Vocals
Shorty B.   Bass
Colin Wolfe   Bass
Rodney Jerkins   Vocals,drum overdubs,Musician
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar
Chilli   Background Vocals
Missy Elliott   Background Vocals
Tony Reyes   Guitar
Mark Pitts   Background Vocals
Tomi Martin   Guitar
Sharliss Ashbury   Vocals
Kelvin Wooten   Keyboards
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes   Rap
Alexander Greggs   drum overdubs
Tom Knight   Drums
Sigurdur "Siggy" Birkis   Drums
Tavia Ivey   Background Vocals
Danny ODonough   Guitar
Marde Johnson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jasper Cameron   Vocals
Sharliss Asbury   Vocals
DJ Ruckus   scratching

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming
TLC   Executive Producer
Dallas Austin   Arranger,Producer
Leslie Brathwaite   Engineer
John Frye   Engineer
Organized Noize   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Rick Sheppard   Engineer,MIDI,Sound Design
Daryl Simmons   Producer
Rodney Jerkins   Producer,Vocal Producer,Introduction
Raphael Saadiq   Producer
Chilli   Producer
Missy Elliott   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Jeffrey Schulz   Art Direction
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
Josh Butler   Engineer
Seb Janiak   Cover Photo
Pharrell Williams   Instrumentation
Sean Davis   Engineer
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes   Producer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Neptunes   Producer
Chad Hugo   Instrumentation
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Alex G.   Digital Programming
Fabian Marasciullo   Engineer
Rob Skipworth   Assistant Tracking Engineer
Morgan Garcia   Engineer
Carlos "El Loco" Bedoya   Engineer
Eddie Hustle   Producer,Instrumentation
Steve Fisher   Engineer
Adam Lowenberg   Marketing

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3D 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
T-BOZ and CHILLI have showen us how much they have acomplished over the past 11 years, and how strong they where to put this album out with the pasing of their member and sister Lisa lefteye Lopes. T-BOZ has shown us through her writing on the songs how much see has struggled,and grown throught the years. TLC souns better than ever on this new album, scence FAN MAIL and CRAZY SEXY COOL. 3D is not a sad album infact Tlc have also shown us a new side and a new sound. TLC has spiced up their lyrics, sounds , and beats that we have never heard from them befor. TLC still to this day is the biggest, and the best sell group in the world and in the music world. T-BOZ and CHILLI have stated on several interview that TLC is going to go on with out LEFTEYE, and they plan to keep puting out albums. So keep a watch out for more TLC albums over the years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
tlc is the best female group in history and this album shows it. it has CrazySexyCool all in it. it also has a senitve side to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this title is one of the paragraohs that appears in 3d , the new TLC´s album , that´s amiazing¡¡ lisa (rest in piece) appears in a so little time, but the cd is so addictive, like one of her producters,missy elliot, may say. "Quickie" is a great song and Dirty Dirty" enjoys to "Left eye gets a moment of silence
Guest More than 1 year ago
TLC did great with this CD, it was certified platinum. But the death of Lefteye struck the fans and this CD was not promoted well enough so they have to end their career!!!! The Best of 2002!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Re: Stephen Thomas Erlewine article. I quite apalled with statement made in reference to the tribute to Left Eye from Chilli and T-Boz, those of us that loved her understand the words of tribute and more than likeley, feel just as sad. So NO, can't glide over the tremendous loss that we must now all endure. Also, to make such a bold statement as, "No member of TLC has an astounding voice...", is showing the writers true ignorance or lack of knowledge about these three amazing, strong women. Chili has an exceptional voice, she can most definitely let it go, but for TLC, she maintains her part. T-Boz can sing as well, but for her part in the group the raspy voice was made her thing. And of course, Left Eye, who played the piano, classical & more, in a most exceptional manner. These are three women that remind me through many of their lyrics as well as by the women that they are that we can be crazy, intelligent, and ambitious women. We must take care of ourselves and so much more, that have said so eloquently with each of their songs. I hope all of the real, true appreciators of TLC, do go out & buy the new CD, 3D. For it is going to be just like every other time a new TLC, hella jammin'!!! The only difference now is we will appreciate it so much more, know that it is the last of something unbelievably amazing that so many of us were let in to share by the spectacular women of TLC.