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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Crazysexycool was one of those records that defined an era and set standards. Few records before it combined hip-hop and classic soul songwriting quite as intoxicatingly or gracefully -- the performances and productions were utterly seamless, especially on the series of hit singles. It would have been difficult to top an album as strong and successful as Crazysexycool, but TLC had it doubly bad, since a number of behind-the-scenes problems delayed a sequel for nearly five years. As with any eagerly anticipated record, that follow-up, titled Fan Mail, arrived with too many expectations. And initially, it may be disappointing to realize TLC doesn't forge new ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Crazysexycool was one of those records that defined an era and set standards. Few records before it combined hip-hop and classic soul songwriting quite as intoxicatingly or gracefully -- the performances and productions were utterly seamless, especially on the series of hit singles. It would have been difficult to top an album as strong and successful as Crazysexycool, but TLC had it doubly bad, since a number of behind-the-scenes problems delayed a sequel for nearly five years. As with any eagerly anticipated record, that follow-up, titled Fan Mail, arrived with too many expectations. And initially, it may be disappointing to realize TLC doesn't forge new ground with Fan Mail, but after a few spins, it settles in that nobody else makes urban soul quite as engaging as this. Not that it was easy to make this record, as the head-spinning list of collaborators indicates. Almost ten producers -- including L.A. Reid & Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jermaine Dupri, Daryl Simmons and Dallas Austin -- worked on the record, all trying to replicate the easy, appealing sound of Crazy.... And "replicate" is the right word, since there are no new innovations on Fan Mail apart from a few lifts from the Timbaland book of tricks. Nevertheless, that may be for the best, since TLC and their army of producers have spent time crafting the songs and productions, turning Fan Mail into a record that almost reaches the peaks of its predecessor. By the end of the record, it appears that they can do it all -- funky, hip-hop-fueled dance-pop "Silly Ho," "I'm Good at Being Bad", seductive ballads "I Miss You So Much," "Don't Pull Out on Me Yet," "Come on Down" and mid-tempo jams "No Scrubs," "My Life," "Unpretty," "Fanmail" -- and they can do it all well. Other groups try to reach these heights, but they don't have the skills or the material to pull it off quite so well. True, the five-year wait felt interminable and they're now standard-bearers instead of pioneers, but if takes TLC as long to make a sequel to Fan Mail, so be it -- they have one of the best track records in '90s urban soul. [Fanmail is also available in an import release.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/1999
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017082508
  • Catalog Number: 708120

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fanmail (4:00)
  2. 2 The Vic-E Interpretation (Interlude) (0:18)
  3. 3 Silly Ho (4:15)
  4. 4 Whispering Playa (0:52)
  5. 5 No Scrubs (3:34)
  6. 6 I'm Good at Being Bad (4:37)
  7. 7 If They Knew (4:04)
  8. 8 I Miss You So Much (4:56)
  9. 9 Unpretty (4:38)
  10. 10 My Life (4:01)
  11. 11 Shout (3:57)
  12. 12 Come on Down (4:17)
  13. 13 Dear Lie (5:10)
  14. 14 Communicate (Interlude) (0:51)
  15. 15 Love Sick (3:52)
  16. 16 Automatic (4:31)
  17. 17 Don't Pull Out on Me Yet (4:34)
  18. 18 U in Me (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
TLC Primary Artist
Babyface Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar
Dallas Austin Vocals
Leslie Brathwaite Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Nathan East Bass
Jimmy Jam Multi Instruments
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson Bass
Melvin Jones Trumpet
Debra Killings Bass, Background Vocals
Terry Lewis Multi Instruments
Greg Phillinganes Piano, Wurlitzer
Mike Scott Guitar
Kevin Wales Vocals
Colin Wolfe Bass
Michael Hart Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chilli Background Vocals
T-Boz Vocals, Background Vocals
Tomi Martin Guitar
Kandi Burruss Background Vocals
Joi Gilliam Vocals
Necia Bray Background Vocals
Tom Knight Drums
Ty Hudson Vocals
Soloman Jackson Vocals
Sonji Mickey Vocals
Peach Vocals
Tameka "Tiny" Cottle Background Vocals
Gregory Hudspeth Saxophone
Jerry Lumpkins Keyboards
Carolyn Paige Vocals
Big Stan Smith Vocals
Vic E Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Rap
Marde Johnson Vocals
Anthony Roberson Trombone
Koko Watkins Vocals
Technical Credits
Babyface Composer, Producer, drum programming, Executive Producer
TLC Executive Producer, Creative Concept
Dallas Austin Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Leslie Brathwaite Engineer
Jermaine Dupri Composer, Producer
Brian Frye Engineer
Steve Hodge Engineer
Jimmy Jam Arranger, Producer
Thom "TK" Kidd Engineer
Debra Killings Producer
Terry Lewis Arranger, Composer, Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
L.A. Reid Executive Producer
Alexander Richbourg drum programming
David Rideau Engineer
Rick Sheppard MIDI, Sound Design
Daryl Simmons Composer, Producer
Tony Tolbert Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Carl-So-Lowe Producer
James Harris Composer
Papi Contributor
Paul Boutin Engineer
Carlton Lynn Engineer
D.L. Warfield Art Direction
Kandi Burruss Composer
Aman Junaid Engineer
Ricco Lumpkins Producer, Engineer
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes Composer
Rozonda Thomas Composer
Tionne Watkins Composer
Cherie O'Brien Creative Coordinator
John Horesco IV Digital Editing
Tameka "Tiny" Cottle Composer
Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs Composer, Producer, MIDI, Sound Design
Tamara Savage Composer
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