12/15: TLC – CrazySexyCool

A few years ago on a Black Friday, I repurchased CrazySexyCool for 5 bucks from Target. Since it was one of the few CDs that played in my late Dodge Stratus, it got a lot of run in 2013/14 when I was sick of my iPod.

This album continues to be a masterpiece. It had all the sensibilities of their debut album all while putting a more mature stamp on the proceedings. Lead single “Creep” sets the tone for the LP and there’s no let up until “Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes” fades out (which features an in-between Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik and ATLiens Andre 3000). There’s a perfect blend of skits, interludes, and music, a feat that a lot of albums would try to mimic for years to come (I’m looking at you College Dropout).

While TLC’s output would fade in the years after due to financial and personal squabbles (plus Left Eye’s death in 2002), CrazySexyCool wasn’t just one of the best albums by a female group in the 90s, it was one of the best releases of the decade period. I could listen to it every single day and be content.

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