EV3

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EV3
Studio album by En Vogue
Released June 17, 1997
Recorded October 1996—May 1997
Genre R&B, pop, hip hop
Length 59:00
Label eastwest
Producer Babyface, En Vogue, Andrea Martin, Organized Noize
En Vogue chronology
Funky Divas
(1992)
EV3
(1997)
Masterpiece Theatre
(2000)
Singles from EV3
  1. "Don't Let Go (Love)"
    Released: October 22, 1996
  2. "Whatever"
    Released: July 1, 1997
  3. "Too Gone, Too Long"
    Released: September 23, 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B-)[2]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars 6/97, p.7[3]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[5]
Newsweek (favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Spin (7/10)[8]
The State 3.5/4 stars[9]

EV3 is the third studio album by En Vogue. Originally called "Friendship" It was their first project that was not fully produced by Thomas McElroy & Denzil Foster, the then quartet called on hitmakers Babyface, David Foster, Diane Warren, and Ivan Matias among others to provide the group with a new modern sound.

EV3 was the last album recorded with Dawn Robinson who decided to leave the group for a solo career. Her abrupt departure from En Vogue forced the remaining trio to re-record several of Dawn's original lead vocals; however, not every track was re-recorded, with Dawn's leads remaining intact on several tracks and her background vocals still appearing on every song with the exception of Does Anybody Hear Me.

EV3 spawned two hit singles. The first one, "Whatever", reached gold status in the US. The second one, the ballad "Too Gone, Too Long" was less successful. The giant hit "Don't Let Go (Love)" was also included as a key track on EV3. "Let It Flow" was a contender to be a final single. Plans for a single release never materialized, but it did appear the following year on the Greatest Hits compilation Best of En Vogue.

Track 07 "Let It Flow" reuses the main riff of the 1977 hit single "Slide" by funk band Slave.[3]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Lead (**Original Lead by Dawn Robinson) Length
1. "Whatever" BabyFace, Keith Andes, Giuliano Franco Cindy, Maxine, Terry, (Cindy) 4:20
2. "Don't Let Go (Love)" Marqueeze Etheridge, Organized Noize, Andrea Martin, Ivan Matias Dawn, Maxine, Cindy, Terry 4:52
3. "Right Direction" Christopher Bolden, J.B. Eckl Terry, Maxine, Cindy, (Maxine) 5:07
4. "Damn I Wanna Be Your Lover" Pro-Jay, Martin, Matias Terry 5:24
5. "Too Gone, Too Long" Diane Warren Cindy, Terry, Maxine, (Terry) 4:42
6. "You're All I Need" Matias (Cindy) 3:36
7. "Let It Flow" Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy Terry, Cindy, Maxine, Dawn 5:38
8. "Sitting by Heaven's Door" Foster, McElroy Maxine, Dawn, Cindy, Terry 4:34
9. "Love Makes You Do Thangs" Foster, McElroy Cindy, Dawn, Maxine, Terry 4:27
10. "What a Difference a Day Makes" Foster, McElroy Cindy, Terry, Maxine, (Cindy) 4:12
11. "Eyes of a Child" Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones Cindy 4:32
12. "Does Anybody Hear Me" Matias, Ellis, Herron, Jones Terry, Maxine 3:09
13. "I've Got Your Gun" (International Bonus Track) Cindy, Maxine, Dawn, Terry
14. "It's About Love" (Japan Bonus Track) Cindy, Dawn, Terry, Maxine
15. "Keep Your Money" (Japan Bonus Track) Cindy, Maxine

The Impact of Dawn's Departure[edit]

Dawn Robinson's lead vocals still appear on all of the Thomas McElroy & Denzil Foster produced songs, with the only exceptions being Eyes of a Child (her background Vocals still remain) & Does Anybody Hear Me on which none of her vocals appear.

Chart success[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Billboard 200 8
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 8
Dutch Album Top 100 14
UK Album Chart 9
Swedish Albums Chart 12
  • The album was certified platinum by the RIAA. It sold over four million copies worldwide.
  • Recording Studios: Brandon's Way Recording Studio, Doppler Recording Studio, The Record Plant, Music Grinder, FM Studios, Chartmaker Studios & Westlake Studios.

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