When we first heard En Vogue in 1990, they were on a mission to revive the all-important girl group. This, coinciding with pop's gradual acceptance for new jack swing, ushered in their brilliant debut. They did this by combining sass, beauty, class, and vocal ability into their appearance and music. Almost two years later, the Oakland quartet combined these elements again on their sophomore effort. This time, they received much more favorable pop acceptance and in the process, generated one of the best pop/R&B albums of 1992.
Funky Divas reeled off no more than FIVE huge hits ("My Lovin", "Free Your Mind", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", "Give It Up, Turn It Loose", "Love Don't Love You"), with a couple album tracks being dance specialities. Additionally, there is not one filler track, as from beginning to end, this set is simply stellar. Noteworthy tracks include the great opener "This Is Your Life", the Marley Marl-produced "It Aint Over Til the Fat Lady Sings", and the sultry-driven "Desire".
Overall, this album stands as one of the 1990's definitive albums. It combined rock, jazz, hip-hop, soul, and new jack swing into a flawless masterpiece. It would also be the quartet's most successful set, and is the last full album where the original members are present. That was unfortunate, as En Vogue's popularity started to wane quickly after the first group member left. Nevertheless, for its commercial attention and array of sounds, it is one of the best Pop/R&B albums of all-time, and should be in any music lover's collection.