Music Review: TLC, “TLC”

Music Review: TLC, “TLC”

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Fifteen years after Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was involved in a fatal car crash while filming a documentary in Honduras, the remaining members of the iconic 90’s R&B trio – TLC – “Chilli” Thomas and “T-Boz” Watkins, have released their fifth and final TLC album with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. In early 2015, they asked fans to help finance the project by donating at least $5 to reach their goal of $150,000. In less than 48 hours, they surpassed their goal and become the “fastest most funded pop project in Kickstarter history,” raising a total of $400,000. Clearly, the group that fostered feminist anthems like “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty,” are still relevant today. TLC delivers as a perfect farewell album: from opener “No Introduction” (“We don’t need no scrubs chasing waterfalls”), to empowering tracks like “Haters” and “Perfect Girls,” the album is a celebration of their history (“Way Back ft. Snoop Dogg”), their legacy (“It’s Sunny,”) their work as champions of social justice (“American Gold”), and, most heartfeltly, their fans (“Joy Ride.”) Chilli and T-Boz may be saying goodbye to new TLC music, but they’re not splitting up – they’ve promised their devoted fans that they will continue to perform together for as long as they can.

 

 

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