(1994) Crazysexycool

Tlc

... read moreOn their second album, TLC downplay their overt rap connections, recording a smooth, seductive collection of contemporary soul reminiscent of both Philly soul and Prince, powered by new jack and hip-hop beats. Lisa Lopes contributes the occasional rap, but the majority of CrazySexyCool belongs to...

56′:07″ 16 Songs

1
Intro-Iude
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1:01
2
Creep
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4:29
3
Kick Your Game
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4:13
4
Diggin' On You
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4:14
5
Case Of The Fake People
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4:03
6
Crazysexycool-Interlude
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1:42
7
Red Light Special
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5:02
8
Waterfalls
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4:36
9
Intermission-Lude
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0:42
10
Let's Do It Again
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4:17
11
If I Was Your Girlfriend
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4:43
12
Sexy-Interlude
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1:35
13
Take Our Time
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4:33
14
Can I Get A Witness-Interlude
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2:57
15
Switch
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3:30
16
Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes
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4:30
Released 02 December 1994, ℗ 1994 LaFace Records LLC

Review

On their second album, TLC downplay their overt rap connections, recording a smooth, seductive collection of contemporary soul reminiscent of both Philly soul and Prince, powered by new jack and hip-hop beats. Lisa Lopes contributes the occasional rap, but the majority of CrazySexyCool belongs to Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas. While they aren't the most accomplished vocalists -- they have a tendency to be just slightly off-key -- the material they sing is consistently strong. As the cover of Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend" indicates, TLC favor erotic, midtempo funk. Yet the group removes any of the psychosexual complexities of Prince's songs, leaving a batch of sexy material that just sounds good, especially the hit singles. Both "Creep" and "Red Light Special" have a deep groove that accentuates the slinky hooks, but it's "Waterfalls," with its gently insistent horns and guitar lines and instantly memorable chorus, that ranks as one of the classic R&B songs of the '90s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine