- Audio Cassette (March 24 1992)
- Format: Import
- Label: Atlantic / Wea
- ASIN: B000002JP7
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record | Mini-Disc
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
|1. This Is Your Life|
|2. My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)|
|3. Hip Hop Lover|
|4. Free Your Mind|
|6. Giving Him Something He Can Feel|
|7. It Ain't over Till the Fat Lady Sings|
|8. Give It up, Turn It Loose|
|10. Hooked on Your Love|
|11. Love Don't Love You|
|12. What Is Love|
|13. Thanks (Prayer)|
En Vogue shows their amazing vocal range, and their impressive harmonizing. The album is very R&B. It includes 1970's remakes "Hooked on Your Love", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", and "Yesterday", which they did a great job covering.
I liked the ad libs these ladies included on the album which include preparing to go onstage and talking to each other about relationships.
The songs that were released from the album were some of the best. "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", "Free Your Mind", " "Yesderday" and "Never Gonna Get It" were all releases and are all songs that help make Funky Divas a must have for R&B lovers.
THE BEST ON THE CD
Hooked On Your Love
Giving Him Something He Can Feel
Give it Up, Turn It Loose
This is Your Life
THE WORST ON THE CD
It Ain't Over Til the Fat Lady Sings
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.
Particularly annoying is the ad lib that starts off "Give It Up, Turn It Loose." The song is my favorite by the group, but each time that I listen to it on the CD, I'm subjected to a lame improvization among the women about dating issues. If you're going to do a spoken word intro at least have it on a separate track, so that the listener has the option to skip over it.
Ad libs aside there is some good material here. Stand out tracks include two compositions from the late Curtis Mayfield that were written for the 1976 film, "Sparkle." These are "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" and "Hooked On Your Love." Both of these songs were covered by Aretha Franklin in the wake of the film's release.
I've always felt that the women of En Vogue were talented singers, but were largely over produced on record. Just because they have big voices, doesn't mean that every track has to be filled with their vocal gymnastics. The sound can be overwhelming sometimes. The Beatles cover of "Yesterday" is a prime example. They take a great song with exceptional lyric content and turn it into a vocal exercise.
"Give It Up, Turn It Loose" works as a track because it is able to balance between showcasing the vocals and serving the needs of the song.
Now, if they would just cut out those ad libs, I'd give the CD at least four stars!
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