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That being said, En Vogue really should get credit for, much like Salt-N-Pepa and Mary J. Blige, blending elements of hip hop, girl power and overwhelming sassy-sexy-soulful femininity into urban music where it hadn't been before.
If Mary bridged hip hop to R&B, En Vogue pretty much did the same to that 1950s doo-wop style that was masterfully resurrected and appreciated circa 1991.
"(My Lovin')You're Never Gonna Get It," "Free Your Mind" and the remake of "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" are all classic En Vogue flava.
I guess groups -- and girl groups in particular -- are doomed to split up when they go on tour and have to hear fans critique everything about them (who's the prettiest? who's the best singer? blah, blah, blah).
But unlike so many imitators to come along and try to pimp the En Vogue hip hop/R&B sound, En Vogue really was the real deal.
TLC, Destiny's Child and the Supremes are probably the super groups of the 20th Century, but En Vogue blazed a trail that laid the groundwork for two of the aforementioned to follow.
The most outstanding songs worth mentioning include:
Track #6 "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
This is one of the slow, sexy tracks that they sing so well. This is actually an old r&b song that was featured in the cult film, SPARKLE, about an all girls group (similar to Diana Ross and the Supremes).
Track #8 "Give It Up, Turn It Lose"
This is more upbeat, and greatly utilizes their wonderful vocals and expression in a song about getting over a man who is no good.
This is timeless music that stands the test of time, more than ten years later. I don't think they have another album that quite measured up to this one.......
En Vogue definitely debuted at a time when there were no girl groups of note in r&b and their stunning 4 part harmonies upped the ante in the game and caused other record labels to scramble to try to find the right combination of young women to rival this group. This is a solid follow-up to their promising debut album and I'd highly recommend it.
Their covers of YESTERDAY, GIVIN HIM SOMETHING HE CAN FEEL & HOOKED ON YOUR LOVE are georgeous solely due to their ability to harmonize so well. My other favorites are the tracks that helped push this album into multi-platinum status:
MY LOVIN - YOU'RE NEVER GONNA GET IT - timeless classic that sounded like nothing on the radio at that time
GIVE IT UP, TURN IT LOOSE - another well constructed mid-tempo track
LOVE DON'T LOVE YOU
FREE YOUR MIND
THIS IS YOUR LIFE
1) This is Your Life- New Jack Swing meets modern soul. A song of living by the advice of “this is your life, live it your own way.” It’s not easy following your dreams, especially with critics and naysayers. However, we have to realize that there will always be critics and naysayers, so do your thing.
2) My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get it)- This is an En Vogue classic. Built on James Brown’s Payback, lyrics are a play on the lesson “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” If you have a good love in your life, don’t mess it up.
3) Hip Hop Lover-a very smooth track by En Vogue. Nice!
4) Free Your Mind-Coming on the heels of the Rodney King beating, this song came right on time in 1992. A powerful message about social injustices in America. The lyrics encourage us to let down our guards based on prejudice and stereotypes. My favorite lyric “Before you can read me, you gotta learn how to see me.” Powerful message that still rings true to this day.
5) Desire- En Vogue does reggae. One of En Vogue’s sexiest songs. Great track.
6) Giving Him Something He Can Feel & Hooked on Your Love- covering Aretha Franklin’s hits from the 1976 classic movie Sparkle, En Vogue’s versions almost rival the originals. Excellent covers.
7) It Ain’t Over Until the Fat Lady Sings- En Vogue does hip-hop.Read more ›
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Even after all these years this album is still incredible from top to bottom. Outside of Prince no one has done funk this well!Published 17 days ago by Bob Johnson
I live in the United States, this album came all the way from Greece. It was in excellent condition. I was nervous as hell, I've never paid this much for a used album before. Read morePublished 9 months ago by NeeNee
superstars. this music still holds up 20+ years later. My kids and I were dancing in the kitchenPublished 18 months ago by beth
'hip-hop infused with R&B became pop music', this is why 95 percent of the music loving people think the 1990's sucked so bad and I agree. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Stephen Cramer
These girls are awesome. Went to see them last year...they opened for Frankie Beverly and Maze and they tore it up...still!!!! Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by crazar
Although they went through members kinda often, they still never failed to draw a dance crowd because this was wonderful music.Published on March 1, 2014 by Journeygurl
These ladies were hot in the '90's then they disappeared. The sound they made together was priceless! This album was a repurchase, since I lost the first one.Published on January 3, 2014 by Nancy Price-Hobday
wHEN I WAS A KID IT WAS THE BEST OF MUSIC THEN JUST LIKE IT IS NOW. OL'SKOOL IS TRULY MISSED AND LOVEDPublished on November 8, 2013 by D