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CrazySexyCool
     

CrazySexyCool

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by TLC
 

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While En Vogue set the standard for '90s girl groups with powerhouse voices, TLC did the same for girls who got by on musical savvy and attitude. Their second recording, Crazysexycool marks their maturity from the sorority house loopiness that characterized their debut Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip. Each of the major singles from

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While En Vogue set the standard for '90s girl groups with powerhouse voices, TLC did the same for girls who got by on musical savvy and attitude. Their second recording, Crazysexycool marks their maturity from the sorority house loopiness that characterized their debut Ooooooohhh...On the TLC Tip. Each of the major singles from this 1994 release: "Creep," "Waterfalls," "Red Light Special," and "Diggin on You," was a landmark. The latter pair dug back into soul and blues conventions; "Creep," was their funkiest track to date, and "Waterfalls," was one of the most graceful efforts at social commentary in mid '90s pop (hey! Where'd the bombast go?). In addition--and sadly, this is a rarity for the genre--the other tracks are substantial adding and commenting on great R&B tracks of the past. Although many took this trio lightly at first, Crazysexycool is TLC's demand to be taken seriously; they see themselves are part of the great black music continuum.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On their second album, TLC downplay their overt rap connections, recording a smooth, seductive collection of contemporary soul reminiscent of both Philly soul and Prince, powered by new jack and hip-hop beats. Lisa Lopes contributes the occasional rap, but the majority of CrazySexyCool belongs to Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas. While they aren't the most accomplished vocalists -- they have a tendency to be just slightly off-key -- the material they sing is consistently strong. As the cover of Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend" indicates, TLC favor erotic, mid-tempo funk. Yet the group removes any of the psychosexual complexities of Prince's songs, leaving a batch of sexy material that just sounds good, especially the hit singles. Both "Creep" and "Red Light Special" have a deep groove that accentuates the slinky hooks, but it's "Waterfalls," with its gently insistent horns and guitar lines and instantly memorable chorus, that ranks as one of the classic R&B songs of the '90s.

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Release Date:
11/15/1994
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0730082600927
catalogNumber:
1146190

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