Masterpiece Theatre (En Vogue album)

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Masterpiece Theatre
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Studio album by En Vogue
Released May 23, 2000
Recorded September 1999 - March 2000
Genre R&B
Label Elektra
Producer Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
En Vogue chronology
EV3
(1997)
Masterpiece Theatre
(2000)
The Gift of Christmas
(2002)
Singles from Masterpiece Theatre
  1. "Riddle"
    Released: March 22, 2000
  2. "Love U Crazay (Cancelled)"
    Released: 2000

Masterpiece Theatre is the fourth studio album by American recording R&B/pop group En Vogue, released in 2000 on Elektra Records.

Development[edit]

The group took famous classical music ("masterpieces") and put their own R&B flavor on it. The album's title was originally set to be Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Cool.

Singles[edit]

The first single release was "Riddle", in a remixed form for radio by Stargate. "Riddle" was set to be followed by a mini-film containing the En Vogue Love Suite ("Love U Crazay", "Sad But True", "Love Won't Take Me Out", "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será. Será)" but plans fell through.

Plans for the second single "Love U Crazay" were cancelled after the weak commercial performance of the project. Masterpiece Theatre album sales stand at over 300,000 copies sold in the US to date.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (C)[2]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars [3]
NME (7/10)[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (neither)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Spin (6/10)[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Denzil Foster, Thomas Elroy, Terry Ellis, Cynthia Herron and Maxine Jones, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Riddle"
5:09
2. "No, No, No (Can't Come Back)"
  • Raymond Ransom
  • Foster & McElroy
3:09
3. "Falling in Love"
  • Foster & McElroy
4:08
4. "Suite (Intro)" (featuring Russell Gatewood)
  • Russell Gatewood
  • Foster & McElroy
0:26
5. "Love U Crazay" (featuring Kamil Marzette)
  • Michael Mani
  • Foster & McElroy
4:19
6. "Sad But True"
  • Foster & McElroy
4:08
7. "Love Won't Take Me Out"
  • Michael Mani
  • Foster & McElroy
4:59
8. "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)"
  • Jacob Levison
  • Raymond Evans
  • Foster & McElroy
4:43
9. "Suite (Outro)" (featuring Russell Gatewood)
  • Russell Gatewood
  • Foster & McElroy
0:05
10. "Beat of Love"
  • Foster & McElroy
4:13
11. "Latin Soul"
  • Foster & McElroy
4:32
12. "Work It Out"
  • Foster & McElroy
4:27
13. "Those Dogs" (featuring Bobby McFerrin & Eklypse)
  • Foster & McElroy
4:09
14. "Number One Man"
  • Foster & McElroy
4:39

Samples[edit]

The group added famous classical music ("masterpieces") and put their own R&B flavor on it, the album features several samples. The 'En Vogue Love Suite' ("Love U Crazay", "Sad But True", "Love Won't Take Me Out", "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será. Será))", presented by Russell Gatewood's most featured classical samples.

Excluded tracks[edit]

The album was originally set to include a track called "I Love You More", also a remix version, which was released on the initial advance sampler of the album.[9][10] "I Love You More" was intended as the next track following the "Suite (Intro)".[11] However, due to uncleared sampling of "The Godfather Theme", both versions of the song were replaced by the track "Love U Crazay". Another song, "It's On", was also on the advance album sampler, but was excluded from the final revised album release.[12]

  • "It's On" - 3:55
  • "I Love You More" - 5:39
  • "I Love You More (Remix)" - 3:54

"It's On" and "I Love You More" written by Denzil Foster, Thomas Elroy, Terry Ellis, Cynthia Herron, Maxine Jones, Nino Rota

Personnel[edit]

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra Entertainment Group Inc., Phonographic Copyright (p)
WEA International Inc. Copyright (c) – Elektra Entertainment Group Inc., Copyright (c) – WEA International Inc.
2000 Elektra Entertainment Group Inc., United States – WEA International Inc., Worldwide

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 49
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[14] 56
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 56
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 22
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 28
US Billboard 200[18] 67
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 33

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