Although TLC’s “20” was released to celebrate this pioneering female trio’s 20 year career, it’s obviously more than coincidental that it just barely preceded VH1’s original movie, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.” Commercial intentions aside, however, now is a good time as any to revisit this fantastic group’s music.
With the inclusion of a new single, the Ne-Yo written “Meant to be,” TLC serves notice that the two remaining group members, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins” and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, aren’t just in this thing for the nostalgia. Over a finger-snapping beat, these girls sing that they believe fate many times plays into romantic relationships.
Most listeners, however, will take in this album with a strong sense of nostalgia. Whether it’s with the 90s update of a 60s Motown sentiment, as on “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” or the words of wisdom found in “Waterfalls,” this album presents all of the very best TLC moments.
Whether you’re inspired to pick this one up because you enjoyed “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” or because TLC was a part of the soundtrack of your life, you will not be disappointed.