Electric Café

Electric Café

by En VogueEn Vogue

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Overview

Despite multiple lawsuits and fluctuating lineups during a 14-year between-albums gap -- a period during which the original quartet was temporarily intact -- En Vogue recorded Electric Café as the same trio that made Soul Flower. The creative rapport shared by Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis, and Rhona Bennett remains unchanged here on the sixth En Vogue full-length, a whimsical yet surprisingly steady collection of material that continuously switches eras and styles with positive energy beaming all the way through it. The six songs the singers co-wrote with their architects and career-long collaborators, Thomas McElroy and Denzil Foster, are the most adventurous. These include "Electric Café" itself, a strutting, coolly detached new wave-styled number that rhythmically resembles the Romantics more than the Kraftwerk song of the same title. The galloping "Life" incorporates some dubstep trickery, and "Love the Way" is high-gloss dance-pop only tenuously connected to disco, but they're both full songs at the core, with the second one highlighted by the women at their Emotions-like harmonizing best. They recall the Hutchinson sisters again on the Kid Monroe-produced soul-funk throwback "Have a Seat," featuring a compatible if inessential verse from Snoop Dogg. The other big-name collaborators are Ne-Yo, who co-writes the coasting bliss-out "Rocket," and Raphael Saadiq, who teamed with Taura Stinson to write "I'm Good," a loosely funky backdrop for primping before a celebratory night out. Going strictly by the unfussy ease with which this enjoyable album seems to have been knocked out, one wouldn't know that the group's status was ever in doubt.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2018
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923894421
catalogNumber: 8944
Rank: 86105

Album Credits

Performance Credits

En Vogue   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Terry Ellis   Composer,Executive Producer
Denzil Foster   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Thomas McElroy   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Paul Grosso   Art Direction
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Cindy Herron   Composer,Executive Producer
Curtis "Sauce" Wilson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rhona Bennett   Composer
Shaffer Smith   Composer
Dem Jointz   Producer,Engineer
Taura Stinson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Steve Rusch   Engineer
Candice Pillay   Composer
Diallobe Johnson   Producer
Dwayne Abernathy   Composer
Hotae Alexander Jang   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Jake Nochimow   Composer,Producer
Modern Future   Producer,Engineer
Kid Monroe   Composer,Producer
Isabella Peschardt   Composer
Zachary Rubin-Rattet   Composer,Producer

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