CrazySexyCool

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CrazySexyCool
Studio album by TLC
Released November 15, 1994 (1994-11-15)
(see Release history)
Recorded 1993 – September 1994[1]
Genre R&B, pop, hip hop soul, new jack swing
Length 56:10
Label LaFace, Arista
Producer Dallas Austin, Babyface, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Jon-John, Manuel Seal, Organized Noize, Chucky Thompson
TLC chronology
Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip
(1992)
CrazySexyCool
(1994)
FanMail
(1999)
Singles from CrazySexyCool
  1. "Creep"
    Released: October 31, 1994
  2. "Red Light Special"
    Released: February 21, 1995
  3. "Waterfalls"
    Released: May 29, 1995
  4. "Diggin' on You"
    Released: October 30, 1995

CrazySexyCool is the second studio album by American girl group TLC. Released by LaFace Records on November 15, 1994, the album peaked at three on the Billboard 200 and spent over two years on the Billboard album charts,[2] The album spawned two Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, including the worldwide smash hit, "Waterfalls", and earned them two Grammy Awards.

The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making TLC the first girl group in history to be awarded diamond status.

CrazySexyCool has sold over 23 million copies worldwide,[3] becoming the best-selling album by a girl group in the United States, and the second best-selling album worldwide by a girl group behind Spice Girls' Spice.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 377 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was ranked 379 in the updated 2012 edition. The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and was, in 2008, listed as a "New Classic" by Entertainment Weekly. [4]

Background information[edit]

During 1993, TLC re-entered the studio with Dallas Austin, Tim & Bob, Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, Organized Noize, and Sean "Puffy" Combs to record their second album into 1994.

The album moved away from the rap elements from their previous album, in favour of a smoother, seductive, R&B/soul sound. It relied heavily on the vocals from Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, and featured fewer rap vocals by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

The title refers to the personalities of the members that make up the group; "Left Eye" representing the "crazy", "Chilli" being the "sexy", and "T-Boz" being the "cool". Together, the three words make "CrazySexyCool".

Singles[edit]

All four singles from the album reached the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, two of them reaching number one.

Lead single, Creep, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, and was one of the biggest singles of 1995, coming it at number three in Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1995. It also reached number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

The second single, "Red Light Special" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Third single, "Waterfalls", became TLC's most successful song, spending seven weeks at number one. It was also the second-biggest single of 1995 according to Billboard, giving TLC two songs in the Top 3 of the 1995 Billboard Year-End chart. Internationally, the song reached the Top 5 of many countries.

"Diggin' on You" was released as the album's fourth and final single, and reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100.

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
Robert Christgau B+[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Uncut 3/5 stars[9]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[10]
Yahoo! Music (favorable)[11]

The album was met with critical acclaim. In his review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine stated that TLC recorded a "smooth, seductive collection of contemporary soul reminiscent of both Philly soul and Prince", and that the material was "consistently strong".[12] He also referred to "Waterfalls" as "one of the classic R&B songs of the '90s".[12]

Rolling Stone, in their review for The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, stated that TLC "emerged with the most effervescent and soulful girl-group R&B anyone had seen since the Supremes".[13]

In 2010, Rolling Stone listed the album at number 43 on their "100 Greatest Albums of the 90s". They stated: "Left Eye, Chilli and T-Boz looked like a one-shot when they first emerged from the nascent Atlanta with 1992's Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg. But CrazySexyCool was a real shocker, packed bumper to bumper with great songs, sassy vocals and voluptuous beats for burning down the house. "Creep" celebrates the kicks of illicit lust on the down low, "Waterfalls" digs deep into Memphis soul and "If I Was Your Girlfriend" does Prince better than The Artist has all decade. The showstopper: "Red Light Special", an impossibly steamy make-out ballad that undresses and caresses everyone with ears to hear it. CrazySexyCool established TLC as pop pros who could do it all, combining the body slam of hip-hop and the giddy uplift of a jump-rope rhyme without breaking a nail."[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and spent over two years on the chart. It was the fifth-best selling album in the United States in 1995, and was eventually certified diamond and 11× Platinum by the RIAA. Internationally, it reached the Top 5 of many countries. It has sold over 23 million copies worldwide,[3] becoming the best-selling album by a girl group in the United States, and the second best-selling album worldwide by a girl group behind Spice Girls' Spice.

Awards and nominations[edit]

CrazySexyCool was nominated for six Grammy Awards at the 1996 Grammy Awards. Waterfalls was nominated for the Record Of The Year. Two of the album's nominations were for its songwriters: Dallas Austin for Creep, and Babyface for Diggin' On You. TLC ended up winning two awards, Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Creep".

Year Recipient Award Result
1996 CrazySexyCool Best R&B Album Won
"Waterfalls" Record Of The Year Nominated
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
"Creep" Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Won
Best Best R&B Song - nomination for Dallas Austin Nominated
"Diggin' On You" Best Best R&B Song - nomination for Babyface Nominated

TLC also received multiple wins and nominations at at the Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards and Soul Train Awards, including the "Artist of the Year" at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards. At the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, TLC won four awards for the video to "Waterfalls", including Video of the Year and the Viewer's Choice Award.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro-Lude" (feat. Phife Dawg) J. Mauldin, M. Taylor Jermaine Dupri 1:01
2. "Creep"   D. Austin Dallas Austin 4:29
3. "Kick Your Game"   J. Mauldin, M. Seal, L. Lopes Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal^ 4:13
4. "Diggin' on You"   K. Edmonds Babyface 4:14
5. "Case of the Fake People"   D. Austin Dallas Austin 4:03
6. "CrazySexyCool (Interlude)"   T. Watkins, S. Combs, C. Thompson Chucky Thompson, Sean "Puffy" Combs^ 1:42
7. "Red Light Special"   K. Edmonds Babyface 5:02
8. "Waterfalls"   M. Etheridge, L. Lopes, R. Wade, R. Murray, P. Brown Organized Noize 4:39
9. "Intermission-Lude"   J. Mauldin Jermaine Dupri 0:42
10. "Let's Do It Again"   K. Edmonds, J. Robinson Babyface, Jon-John 4:17
11. "If I Was Your Girlfriend"   P. Nelson Sean "Puffy" Combs, Chucky Thompson, Dallas Austin^ 4:36
12. "Sexy (Interlude)"   R. Thomas Chucky Thompson, Sean "Puffy" Combs^ 1:35
13. "Take Our Time"   A. Hennings, D. Killings Dallas Austin, Arnold Hennings 4:33
14. "Can I Get a Witness (Interlude)" (feat. Busta Rhymes) T. Smith, S. Combs, C. Thompson Chucky Thompson, Sean "Puffy" Combs^ 2:57
15. "Switch"   J. Mauldin, M. Seal, L. Lopes, J. Broussard, C. Washington, R. Williams Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal 3:30
16. "Sumthin' Wicked This Way Comes" (featuring Dré of OutKast) A. Benjamin, R. Wade, R. Murray, P. Brown, M. Etheridge, L. Lopes Organized Noize 4:28
  • (^) denotes additional producer.
Notes

B-sides[edit]

  • "My Secret Enemy" (B-side on the "Red Light Special" single) - 5:34

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=Hl1HBl892g4C&pg=PA20&lpg=PA20&dq=dallas+austin+1993+tlc&source=bl&ots=rGcPohr1J_&sig=wLBcyV-CmnebHL6AhZvfCM2-GmA&hl=en&sa=X&e
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  3. ^ a b Battersby, Matilda (2012-11-05). "TLC plan first album since Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes' death". The Independent. 
  4. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20207337,00.html
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  7. ^ Robert Christgau review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Uncut review
  10. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/2610/TLC-CrazySexyCool/
  11. ^ Yahoo! Music review[dead link]
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  13. ^ [3]
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  22. ^ http://www.rockonthenet.com/archive/1995/bbyearend.htm
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  24. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 

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