Every artist has thier essential album. You know, the LP that set them apart from the others and (in some cases) made them international superstars and hot property in the music world. For TLC, "CrazySexyCool" was this LP. The album gave them hit after hit with the still-incredible "Creep" and "Wateralls" amongst them. A more mature and smoothed-down sound to thier first release, this album showed the group had grown up - and so had thier lyrics. The vocals were stronger, the lyrics more important and the production had a more classic sound to it. Truth be told, this album is probably one of the most important from 1990 and without doubt in R&B history.
The album plays like a dream, and you'll rarely want to skip a track. That said, there are some key stand out tracks. Aside from the singles, the haunting and meaningful "Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes" is thought provoking in all the right ways. A cover of the Prince classic "If I Was Your Girlfriend" is, suprisingly, excellent even though god knows it could have fallen flat on it's face it hasn't. Stunning vocals and production here. "Switch" is rough and ready and is delivered as only as the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes knew how (R.I.P). But, truly, this album has no weak tracks for me, personally. Even the interludes add something (The Interlude Titled "Sexy" is truly hillarious). A stunning album that was desserving of the million-sales and total praise that it achieved.