One of the definitive groups of 90s R&B return with their fifth LP – their first as a duo
After 13 years away, R&B group TLC have now announced plans to record their fifth and final album. It follows 3D in 2002 and the death of founding member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes shortly after its release, this will be the first TLC album recorded as a duo.
T-Boz and Chilli plan to fund their new album via a campaign on Kickstarter, and have announced potentially brilliant fan offers for any prospective contributors. Pledges start at $5 for an exclusive remix, and go up to $7,500, including a PDF list of their favourite songs, a voicemail from the pair, a date at the cinema and a “TLC slumber party” with T-Boz.
The group say that crowdfunding the album will let them “have complete creative control” over their music . “The only people we’ll be talking to and asking their opinion is the fans.”
“Our final album will stay true to the TLC sound, always confronting the real issues and life experiences that we all must face every single day, everywhere,” reads a message on Kickstarter. “We write music that people relate to … timeless music. No matter the trends, we feel like our music is always relevant.”
TLC were one of the definitive R&B groups of the 90s, working with and inspiring a host of music’s biggest producers, such as Missy Elliott, the Neptunes and Timbaland, who helped to produce a string of commercially and critically successful albums: Ooooooohhh … On the TLC Tip (1992), CrazySexyCool (1994), FanMail (1999) and 3D. The group have been relatively out of action since the death of Lopes, who died in a car crash at the age of 30.
After Lopes’ funeral, the remaining members of TLC decided they would complete their unfinished fourth album. In an interview with Billboard, the pair suggested that there could be a possibility Lopes’s vocals would be used on this new release. When asked if they would sample her voice, Chilli replied: “Probably not, but I’m not going to say no, because we’re open to it.”
This article was written by Guardian music, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 20th January 2015 08.18 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010