TLC
FanMail


4.0
excellent

Review

by JTmusic1995 USER (10 Reviews)
July 8th, 2012 | 7 replies | 2,221 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While not as groundbreaking as CrazySexyCool, "FanMail" shows just how important TLC were.

1 of 2 thought this review was well written

Like Beyonce and Britney now, TLC were a soundtrack of the times in the 90's. Their 1992 debut, "Ooooo...On the TLC Tip," was a feminine take on New Jack Swing, with hip-hop, new R&B, and some dance club beats. 1994's "CrazySexyCool" defined mid-90's R&B/Pop with a sultry, smoothed-out sound polished by Babyface. With 1999's "FanMail," however, TLC both continue to inspire; this time, with Timbaland's help, they move way past typical Hip-Hop Soul. Tim's work with Missy Elliott and Aaliyah proved urban music can be both cutting edge and popular, and TLC had proved this also. The record's electronic dance background makes the girls sound more firstly and dangerous than ever before. The bells, drums, and sampling are only a support to the best writing on any TLC album. The songs have three major subject matter of hip-hop/R&B culture during the 90's. First is the media...and lashing back at it. With the title and opening title track, the girls reach out to their fans for sticking by them through thick and thin (filing for bankruptcy despite a 10-million selling album.) "My Life," one of the albums best songs, goes deep to the girls dealing with pressures as pop stars, from papparazzi to rumors of breaking up. Second is society and breaking down what makes certain men- and women- act the way they do. The #1 smash "No Scrubs" keeps TLC's independent woman reputation in tact, turning down a guy with no respect for women or himself. "Silly Ho," the one song that truly demonstrates the group's new sound, slams a girl who hooks up constantly, and the kind of person she should be. Another #1, "Unpretty," is an alternative Pop tune of self-beauty later done by the likes of Christina Aguilera, except not as much music to hold up the lyrics. It's softer, subtler counterpart, "Come On Down," is a fantasy song where the girls invite them to a world where they can be loved. Unfortunately, the third subject matter, relationships, is where FanMail clearly does not measure up to CrazySexyCool. While that album came off as a constant night of passion, FanMail is received as its disheartening morning after, with only two songs on loneliness at best. "If They Knew," a tale of infidelity from both sides, would better be handled on the Jerry Springer show than the dance floor. "Lovesick" and "Automatic" bring the album to a disappointing end with sloppy electro beats, and angry lyrics that go nowhere. However, two beautiful ballads ("I Miss You So Much" and "Dear Lie"), despite their opposite messages prove that TLC does have a soft side. The sexy yet romantic closer "Don't Pul Out On Me Yet" restored hope that TLC will give it to you good, as long as you are good to them. The girls may have went too far on trying to crack the CrazySexyCool code, but the great thing about FanMail is that it became THE female urban album of our generation to evoke integrity in women, and companionship with their special someone. TLC should definitely be in the history books for that accomplishment.



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BirthRite
July 8th 2012



1318 Comments


haha




LifeAsAChipmunk
July 8th 2012



4854 Comments


The Learning Channel?

HalfManHalfAmazing
July 10th 2012



565 Comments


break it down into paragraphs no?

HalfManHalfAmazing
July 10th 2012



565 Comments


yeah, the learning channel came together for a soundtrack album

fromtheinside
February 27th 2013



17714 Comments


it's all right here. this fucking album ughhh

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bach
February 27th 2013



11945 Comments


I don't want no scrubs

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fromtheinside
February 27th 2013



17714 Comments


helped put trl on the map



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