Monday, December 28, 2009

En Vogue - Funky Divas (1992) (320)

En Vogue are only one on a long list of great R & B girl groups from the nineties. Their second album, Funky Divas, is a throwback to a time when pop R&B had instrumentation and harmonies, not rap beats and guest verses. Not that I mind some of today's popular R&B hits, but the music of En Vogue and their peers, such as SWV, Zhane, TLC, and a slew of others was empowering, sex-positive, funky, and light. They also wield sludge hammers. Highlights of this album are the singles, "My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It)" and "Free Your Mind", as well as two Aretha Franklin covers, which make up for a pretty disappointing rendition of "Yesterday".

1. This Is Your Life
2. My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
3. Hip Hop Lover
4. Free Your Mind
5. Desire
6. Giving Him Something He Can Feel
7. It Ain't Over Till The Fat Lady Sings
8. Give It Up, Turn It Loose
9. Yesterday
10. Hooked on Your Love
11. Love Don't Love You
12. What Is Love?
13. Thanks/Prayer


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