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  • 1. Whatever
    2. Don't Let Go (Love)
    3. Right Direction
    4. Damn I Wanna Be Your Lover
    5. Too Gone, Too Long
    6. You're All I Need
    7. Let It Flow
    8. Sitting by Heaven's Door
    9. Love Makes You Do Thangs
    10. What a Diff'rence a Day Makes
    11. Eyes of a Child
    12. Does Anybody Hear Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 62057

  • Credits
    EngineerNeal Pogue; Manny Marroquin; Felipe Elgueta; Chris Furham; Ken Kessie; Steve Counter; Blake Eiseman

    En Vogue: Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones (vocals).
    Additional personnel: "JAH" (rap vocals); Marlon McClain (acoustic & electric guitars); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar); James Earley (electric guitar, bass); Mark Coleman, Tommy Martin, Martin Terry, Jason Eckl, Bernard Grobeman (guitar); Norbert Stachel (saxophone); Bill Ortiz (trumpet); Chanz (piano); Babyface (Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, programming); Dennis Bolden (organ); Giuliano Franco (synthesizer, programming); Thomas McElroy, Denzil Foster (keyboards, programming); David Foster (keyboards); Preston Crump, Kevin Wyatt, Gerry Barnes (bass); Lil' John (drums); Chris Bolden, James Gass, Simon Franglen, Ivan Matias, Pro-Jay, Adrion "Luke" Sinclair (programming).
    Producers: Organized Noize, Babyface, Ivan Matias, David Foster, Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy.
    Personnel: En Vogue (background vocals); Jah (rap vocals); Jason Eckl, Martin Terry, Mark Coleman, Bernard Grobman, Tommy Martin (guitar); Marlon McClain (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); James Earley, Michael Thompson (electric guitar); Norbert Stachel (saxophone); Bill Ortiz (trumpet); Marvin "Chanz" Parkman (piano); Babyface (Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, drum programming); Dennis Bolden (organ); Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy (keyboards, drum machine, keyboard programming, drum programming); Dean Gant, David Foster (keyboards); Randy Walker (synthesizer, programming); Giuliano Franco (synthesizer, drum programming); Kevin Wyatt (bass guitar); Lil' John Roberts (drums); James Gass, Adrian "Luke" Sinclair, Christopher Bolden, Ivan Matias, Pro-Jay, Simon Franglen (programming); Leonard Cetrangolo (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Neil Pogue; Manny Marroquin; Ken Kessie; Mick Guzauski.
    Recording information: Brandon's Way Recording, L.A., CA; Chartmaker Studios; Doppler Recording Studio, Atlanta, GA; FM Studios, Oakland, CA; Music Grinder, Hollywood, CA; REcord Plant, L.A., CA; Westlake studios.
    Photographer: Guzman/Rotterdam Conservatory Orquesta Tipica.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Cindy Herron Braggs; Maxine Jones; Terry Ellis .
    Arrangers: Denzil Foster; Thomas McElroy ; David Foster.
    With the departure of Dawn Robinson for a solo career, the female quartet that launched a thousand girl groups in the 90's is none the worse for wear. Terry Ellis, Maxine Jones and Cindy Herron Braggs carry on with the gorgeous harmonizing they've become known for while moving seamlessly through several different styles. The prominent use of acoustic and slide guitar lends a southern-fried soul feeling to "Right Direction," while a sample of Run DMC's "Sucka MC's" on "You're All I Need" provides the perfect hip-hop flavoring to go along the hypnotic groove of "Let It Flow."
    En Vogue's musical talent even transcends the often hyper-glossy production styles of Babyface ("Whatever") and David Foster ("Too Gone, Too Long"). The trio's greatest triumph by far is "Eyes Of A Child," a song crammed with hope, hooks, breath-taking singing and a message of racial tolerance.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (7/10-7/24/97, p.120) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Song titles like 'Love Makes You Do Thangs' and 'You're All I Need' sum up the gist of these gracefully produced pop-funk confections, which singers Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Maxine Jones render with their usual creamy elegance..."
    Spin (8/97, p.114) - 7 (out of 10) - "...En Vogue bring it all back to the basics of gorgeous harmonies and mind-boggling vocal riffs. If Ellis, Braggs, and Jones seem interchangeable (and Dawn Robinson, who went solo, expendable), that's simply further evidence of the group's incredible teamwork..."
    The Source (8/97, p.176) - "...the advantage these sisters have over the rest of the R&B girlie collectives is that they utilize that element foreign to today's music known as harmony..."
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