FanMail

FanMail

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by TLC
     
 

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Crazysexycool was one of those records that defined an era. Few records before it combined hip-hop and classic soul songwriting quite as intoxicatingly or gracefully -- the performances and productions were utterly seamless. It would have been difficult to top anyway, but TLC had it doubly bad, since a number of behind-the-scenes problems…  See more details below

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Crazysexycool was one of those records that defined an era. Few records before it combined hip-hop and classic soul songwriting quite as intoxicatingly or gracefully -- the performances and productions were utterly seamless. It would have been difficult to top anyway, 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, FanMail, arrived with too many expectations. And initially, it may be disappointing to realize TLC doesn't forge new ground with FanMail, 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 worked on the record, all trying to replicate the easy, appealing sound of Crazysexycool. And "replicate" is the right word, since there are no new innovations on FanMail, 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 FanMail 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, seductive ballads, and mid-tempo jams -- 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 FanMail, so be it -- they have one of the best track records in '90s urban soul.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/23/1999
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0730082605526
catalogNumber:
26055

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

TLC   Primary Artist
Babyface   Acoustic 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
Joi   Vocals
Melvin Jones   Trumpet
Debra Killings   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Lewis   Multi Instruments
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Mike Scott   Guitar
Stan Smith   Vocals
Kevin Wales   Vocals
Colin Wolfe   Bass
Michael Hart Thompson   Electric Guitar
Chilli   Vocals,Background Vocals
T-Boz   Vocals,Background Vocals
Papi   Vocals
Tomi Martin   Guitar
Kandi Burruss   Background Vocals
Necia Bray   Background Vocals
Tionne Watkins   Vocals
Tom Knight   Drums
Ty Hudson   Vocals
Peach   Vocals
Gregory Hudspeth   Saxophone
Jerry Lumpkins   Keyboards
Carolyn Paige   Vocals
Vic E   Vocals
Marde Johnson   Vocals
Anthony Roberson   Trombone
C.C. Thomas   Bass

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming,Executive Producer
TLC   Executive Producer
Dallas Austin   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Leslie Brathwaite   Engineer
Jermaine Dupri   Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Jeff Griffin   Engineer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer
Thom "TK" Kidd   Engineer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Producer
Kevin Lively   Engineer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Alexander Richbourg   Programming,drum programming
David Rideau   Engineer
Rick Sheppard   MIDI,Sound Design
Daryl Simmons   Producer
Claudine Pontier   Engineer
Carl-So-Lowe   Producer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Carlton Lynn   Engineer
D.L. Warfield   Artwork,Art Direction
Aman Junaid   Engineer
Ricco Lumpkins   Producer,Engineer
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Cherie O'Brien   Creative Coordinator
Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs   Producer,Sound Design
Mark "Exit" Goodchild   Engineering
Rozonda "Chili" Thomas   Composer
Tameka Cottle   Composer

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FanMail 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ive, and will always love TLC esp with their title, FANMAIL.Its a terrific release,I tell you, mostly because it contains both slows and hip-hop hits.ALL THE WAY GIRLS!!!.
Guest More than 1 year ago
too cool
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love TLC's FANMAIL this is a freat CD. I am glad they are still together.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The girls are back and incharge, There best ever, This new CD rocks
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say, this is one of the (if not the) best album of the year
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST CD THERE IS. I LISTEN TO IT WHENEVER I NEED A PICKER UPPER!
Guest More than 1 year ago
TLC has captured a little of everything that is them in this CD. They make a great trio and i hope that they are always together. i don't think that anything could top Fanmail though. Everyone who liked them for Crazy Sexy Cool should try this CD. You'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tlc has came into the twenty first century with a bang. A new album, and a new start. I have the cd,and I listen to it everyday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD! Especially 'Dear Lie' It is a must have CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fanmail is a great album. It's universal and unique. It's different from the first two album but just as good, also. I'm a huge fan of TLC and I will say I see why there are still the Best Selling Female Trio of today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TLC did a great job on this magnificent CD.The CD has variety styles of R&B and hip-hop soul music and the songs are engaging including No Scrubs and Unpretty. This Cd was the best in 1999, but to me it is one of my favorites. I will promote this CD forever!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago