FanMail

FanMail

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by TLC
     
 

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Since their emergence in 1992, TLC have become more firmly established as the anti-En Vogue. While most girl groups of the day -- Xscape, Allure, SWV -- choose the glitzier, and more clichéd, path of designer dresses and soaring harmonies, T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chili have distanced themselves not only from the limitations of such posturing but also from the

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Since their emergence in 1992, TLC have become more firmly established as the anti-En Vogue. While most girl groups of the day -- Xscape, Allure, SWV -- choose the glitzier, and more clichéd, path of designer dresses and soaring harmonies, T-Boz, Left Eye, and Chili have distanced themselves not only from the limitations of such posturing but also from the novelty-act stance of their own early personae. Although men -- particularly Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, and Babyface -- still handle much of the group's writing and producing, the sentiments in TLC's songs feel resolutely like their own. On FANMAIL, the long-awaited follow-up to 1994's ten-times platinum CRAZYSEXYCOOL, the ladies show that they have grown up a bit since we last heard from them (perhaps most notably Left Eye, who went from being a hotheaded tomboy who burned down her boyfriend's house to the stylish diva who upstaged Lil' Kim and Missy Elliott on Kim's "Not Tonight"). The trio is now old enough to critique youthful trends in black culture -- this is done via dispassionate voiceover interludes, a nod to A Tribe Called Quest's classic MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS -- but they're also young enough to have a bit of irreverent fun. "No Scrubs" playfully sets the bar for the kind of men they'll spend some time with, but "Unpretty" deals straightforwardly with the self-image problems common among young women. Sassy, savvy, and sometimes serious, TLC deliver a strong message with FANMAIL.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. [Fanmail was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/28/2009
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886974793229
catalogNumber:
747932
Rank:
14740

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

TLC   Primary Artist
Dallas Austin   Vocals
Leslie Brathwaite   Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson   Bass
Joi   Vocals
Melvin Jones   Trumpet
Debra Killings   Bass,Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Mike Scott   Guitar
Stan Smith   Vocals
Kevin Wales   Vocals
Colin Wolfe   Bass
Tomi Martin   Guitar
Kandi Burruss   Background Vocals
Necia Bray   Background Vocals
Tionne Watkins   Vocals
Tom Knight   Drums
Ty Hudson   Vocals
Gregory Hudspeth   Saxophone
Jerry Lumpkins   Keyboards
Carolyn Paige   Vocals
Marde Johnson   Vocals
Anthony Roberson   Trombone
Koko Watkins   Vocals
Tameka Cottle   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Giorgio Moroder   Composer
Dallas Austin   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
Leslie Brathwaite   Engineering
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer
Brian Frye   Engineering
Jeff Griffin   Engineering
Steve Hodge   Engineering
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer
Thom "TK" Kidd   Engineering
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kevin Lively   Engineering
Alexander Richbourg   Programming
David Rideau   Engineering
Rick Sheppard   Sound Design
Daryl Simmons   Composer,Producer
Tony Tolbert   Composer
Diane Warren   Composer
Claudine Pontier   Engineering
Babyface   Executive Producer
Paul Boutin   Engineering
Carlton Lynn   Engineering
D.L. Warfield   Art Direction
Kandi Burruss   Composer
Aman Junaid   Engineering
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineering
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes   Composer
Tionne Watkins   Composer
Cherie O'Brien   Creative Coordinator
John Horesco   Engineering
Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs   Composer,Producer,Sound Design
Tamara Savage   Composer
Antonio M. Reid   Executive Producer
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
I love TLC's FANMAIL this is a freat CD. I am glad they are still together.
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
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
too cool
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
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
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
What can I say, this is one of the (if not the) best album of the year
Anonymous More than 1 year ago