Born to Sing (En Vogue album)

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Born to Sing
Studio album by En Vogue
Released April 3, 1990
Recorded August—December 1989 at Starlight Sound
Genre R&B, hip hop soul, New jack swing, soul
Length 50:59
Label Atlantic
Producer Denzil Foster (exec.), David Lombard (exec.), Thomas McElroy
En Vogue chronology
Born to Sing
(1990)
Remix to Sing
(1991)
Singles from Born to Sing
  1. "Hold On"
    Released: February 23, 1990
  2. "Lies"
    Released: June 27, 1990
  3. "You Don't Have to Worry"
    Released: October 31, 1990
  4. "Don't Go"
    Released: March 21, 1991

Born to Sing is the debut studio album from American R&B group En Vogue, released in 1990 on Atlantic Records.

The album peaked at number twenty-one on the Billboard 200 chart. By October 1990, it was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA, after sales exceeding 1,000,000 copies in the United States.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (neither)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

The album peaked at twenty-one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached the third spot on the R&B Albums chart.[6] The album was certified gold in June 1990 and platinum by October that same year.[7]

Jose F. Promis of Allmusic gave the album a positive review, calling the work "a winner" though remarking that he felt tracks such as "Just Can't Stay Away" and "Part of Me" were duds.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Sample(s)[8] Length
1. "Party"   Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy   1:10
2. "Strange"   En Vogue, Foster, McElroy   4:39
3. "Lies" (feat. Debbie T.) En Vogue, Foster, McElroy, Shaheed
  • "If It Don't Turn You On (You Ought to Leave It Alone)" by B.T. Express
4:16
4. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"   Hughie Prince, Don Raye   0:54
5. "Hold On"   En Vogue, Foster, McElroy 5:03
6. "Part of Me"   En Vogue, Foster, McElroy   5:58
7. "You Don't Have to Worry"   Foster, McElroy   3:47
8. "Time Goes On"   Ellis, En Vogue, Foster, Herron, Jones, McElroy, Robinson 5:05
9. "Just Can't Stay Away"   Jackson, Yancy   5:10
10. "Don't Go"   Foster, McElroy   5:45
11. "Luv Lines"   Ellis, En Vogue, Foster, Jones, McElroy, Robinson   4:04
12. "Waitin' on You"   Foster, McElroy   5:08

Chart history[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1990)[6] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 21
U.S. R&B Albums 3

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions[9]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 U.S. Dance Music/Club Play Singles U.S. Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks UK Top 40
1990 "Hold On" 2 1 1 1 5
"Lies" 38 18 7 1
"You Don't Have to Worry" 1
1991 "Don't Go" 3

"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Personnel[edit]

Information taken from Allmusic.[10]

  • arranging – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
  • art direction – Bob Defrin
  • assistant engineering – Bob Fudjinski, John Jackson, Lynn Levy, James Williamson, Erik Wolf
  • composing – Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson
  • drum machine – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
  • engineering – Steve Counter, Dale Everingham, Brian Gardner, Ken Kessie, Jeff Poe
  • executive production – Denzil Foster, David Lombard
  • keyboards – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
  • mastering – Bernie Grundman
  • photography – David Roth
  • production – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
  • rapping – Debbie T.
  • saxophone – Grover Washington, Jr.
  • vocals – Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson
  • vocals (background) – Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Promis, Jose F. "allmusic ((( Born to Sing > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  2. ^ DeKnock, Jan. "Review: Born to Sing". Chicago Tribune (June 28, 1990): pg. 7
  3. ^ Hunt, Dennis (1990-06-17). "In Brief: : *** EN VOGUE, "Born to Sing," Atlantic.: Albums are rated from five stars (a classic) to one star (poor).". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: En Vogue". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  5. ^ The new Rolling Stone album guide - Google Books. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  6. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Born to Sing > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  7. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - August 30, 2010 : Search Results - En Vogue". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  8. ^ "Rap Sample FAQ - Quick FAQ Search: En Vogue". The-Breaks.com. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  9. ^ "allmusic ((( Born to Sing > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  10. ^ "allmusic ((( Born to Sing > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 

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