FanMail

1999 studio album by TLC

FanMail is the third studio album by American girl group TLC. It was released on February 23, 1999. It was released by LaFace Records. It features a more electronic and hip hop influence to the album, along with the group's signature R&B sound.

FanMail
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 23, 1999
RecordedApril – December 1998
Genre
Length62:07
Label
Producer
TLC chronology
CrazySexyCool
(1994)
FanMail
(1999)
3D
(2002)
Singles from FanMail
  1. "No Scrubs"
    Released: January 23, 1999
  2. "Unpretty"
    Released: July 10, 1999
  3. "My Life"
    Released: August 21, 1999
  4. "Dear Lie"
    Released: October 30, 1999

Release and receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [1]
Entertainment Weekly(B-)[2]
Robert Christgau   [3]
Rolling Stone     [4]
Muzik     [5]
Q     [6]
Spin          [7]
NME          [8]

On the first day of release, the album sold 318,000 copies in the United States. It debuted at number one on the US Bollboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It also reached the top ten in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The album was given eight Grammy Awards nominations. It won the Grammy Award for "Album of the Year". According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 4,700,000 copies in the United States. It was certified 6x Platinum (6,000,000 copies shipped) by the RIAA.

Track listingEdit

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "FanMail"  Dallas AustinCyptron 4:00
2. "The Vic-E Interpretation - Interlude"  AustinCyptron 0:18
3. "Silly Ho"  AustinCyptron 4:15
4. "Whispering Playa - Interlude"  Austin, Marshall Lorenzo MartinDallas Austin 0:52
5. "No Scrubs"  Kevin "Shekspere" Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Tameka CottleKevin "She'kspere" Briggs 3:34
6. "I'm Good at Being Bad"  James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Tony Tolbert, Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes, Martin, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Belotte, Donna Summer, Morris Dickerson, Charles Miller, Sylvester Allen, Harold Brown, Howard Scott, Lee Oskar, Leroy JordanJimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 5:39 / 4:38
7. "If They Knew"  Austin, Ricciano Lumpkins, Lopes, Martin, WatkinsAustin, Lumpkins 4:04
8. "I Miss You So Much"  Babyface, Daryl SimmonsBabyface, Simmons 4:59
9. "Unpretty"  Austin, WatkinsAustin 4:39
10. "My Life"  Jermaine Dupri, Tamara Savage, Lopes, MartinDupri (Co-produced by Carl So Lowe) 4:01
11. "Shout"  Austin, Lopes, Martin, WatkinsAustin 3:59
12. "Come On Down"  Diane WarrenDebra Killings, Austin 4:18
13. "Dear Lie"  Babyface, WatkinsBabyface 5:10
14. "Communicate - Interlude"  AustinAustin 0:51
15. "Lovesick"  Austin, Rozonda ThomasAustin 3:53
16. "Automatic"  AustinAustin 4:31
17. "Don't Pull Out on Me Yet"  AustinAustin 4:33
Japanese bonus tracks
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
18. "U in Me"  AustinAustin 3:50
19. "My Getaway"  AustinAustin 3:50 My Getaway was also featured in the 2000 film Rugrats in Paris.

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. FanMail at AllMusic
  2. "Entertainment Weekly review". Archived from the original on 2013-12-30. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  3. Christgau, Robert. "TLC". Robert Christgau.
  4. Rolling Stone review
  5. "Muzik review". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  6. "Q review". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  7. "Spin review". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  8. NME review