TLC have sang their last note as a group now, after the tragic death of Lisa 'Lefteye' Lopes, that crazy girl in the group who left so many mourning across the world. Putting on Fanmail the other day, I think I must have forgotten how great this CD is, and it's amazing how modern it sounds now. It truly shows why, in their day, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, Lefteye and Rozonda 'Chili' Thomas were THE queens of the street...
International smash hit 'No Scrubs' is classic r'n'b, and from the mega man-bashing era of a few years ago! A great song. 'Unpretty', its follow-up, is a real feel-good song, saying that if you feel good inside, then that is what really counts. If you put it on when you're down, it lifts your spirits up. Then, there is 'Dear Lie', a ballad which shows that the girls can do soft, soft records.
'Shout' is a real stomper of a tune, with a great backing beat and the girls in ultra-feisty mode. 'I Miss You So Much' is a tear-jerking ballad, and the sultry 'Come On Down' is about as enticing and sexy as songs get!
I won't bore you with accounts of every song, but from beginning to end this is a real treat for any r'n'b lover, whether you own any TLC albums or not. It would be fair to say that this is widely regarded as one of the best r'n'b albums of the last decade, up there with 'Who Is Jill Scott', 'Kaleidoscope' (by Kelis), and 'The Writing's On The Wall' by Destiny's Child. TLC may not be continuing, but this is still a masterpiece, and shows why Lefteye is irreplaceable.