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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/23/1999
Label: Imports
UPC: 0730082615525
catalogNumber: 8261552
Rank: 81678


  1. Fanmail
  2. The Vic-E Interpretation (Interlude)
  3. Silly Ho
  4. Whispering Playa (Interlude)
  5. No Scrubs
  6. I'm Good at Being Bad
  7. If They Knew
  8. I Miss You So Much
  9. Unpretty
  10. My Life
  11. Shout
  12. Come on Down
  13. Dear Lie
  14. Communicate (Interlude)
  15. Lovesick
  16. Automatic
  17. Don't Pull Out on Me Yet

Album Credits

Performance Credits

TLC   Primary Artist
Dallas Austin   Vocals
Leslie Brathwaite   Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
LaMarquis 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
Sejoon Kahng   Engineer
Antonio Reid   Executive Producer
Rozonda "Chili" Thomas   Composer
Tameka Cottle   Composer

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