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Genre: R&B & Soul - Pop R&B / Artist: En Vogue / Extra tracks / Audio CD released 1997-06-16 at East West

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      12.11.2008 12:30
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      No other all girl group has the soul and sound of En Vogue.

      It was always going to be hard to imagine En Vogue continuing as a trio after the departure of Dawn Robinson.
      But somehow they still managed to come up with the goods, and it definately shows that Terri, Cindy and Maxine have still got it with this fab album EV3.

      1 Whatever
      This is a great album opener and a fantastic slice of pop.

      2 Don't Let Go (Love)
      This is the only song on the album that features Dawn Robinson and it shows, it's definately the best track, with a great peice of guitar.

      3 Right Direction
      A cool mellow pop song that has you singing along.

      4 Damn I Wanna Be Your Lover
      One of my fave tracks, a bit of a deep track, but love the vocals.

      5 Too Gone, Too Long
      Not the best love song, but still got good harmony.

      6 You're All I Need
      Old school En Vogue here, reminds me of the'r last album.

      7 Let It Flow
      A bit like the last track, reminiscent of the early days.

      8 Sitting By Heaven's Door
      A very cool and dusky track, i love the vocal in this.

      9 Love Makes You Do Thangs
      A bit more pop sounding than usual, but still a good track.

      10 What A Difference A Day Makes
      Not the best, but still a nice song.

      11 Eyes Of A Child
      A beautiful track, i love the lyrics.

      12 Does Anybody Hear Me
      This is En Vogue showing that they have the harmony that no other girl groups can quite get, a beautiful acoustic track.

      13 I've Got Your Gun
      I love the groove in this song, definately a good ending to a brilliant album.

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        10.08.2005 12:28
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        Nice easy listening CD

        I bought this CD at my local library for 50p but you can buy this on various places on the net. For example, at http://www.thehut.com for £4.89 or at http://www.blahdvd.com for £4.99. As this CD is from 1997, I doubt you will still find it in all music shops like Virgin, HMV etc unless they still had some in stock. I saw En Vogue at Night of the Proms in Belgium. They are fantastic. The harmony of their voices just beautiful. Well, moving on to the album.

        EV3 is En Vogue’s 5th album. They were formed in 1988 by the production team of Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy. After holding auditions, they chose Cindy Herron, Maxine Jones, Dawn Robinson and Terry Ellis to be the members of En Vogue. Originally, the group was called Only You but changed the name to En Vogue, which they thought sounded more elegant. Their debut album was called Born to Sing and was released in 1990. The album sold three million copies. Then in 1992, they released their second album called Funky Divas, which was a mix of RnB and Pop. On the album was the unforgettable hit, Free your Mind. In 1993, they did a duet with the group salt ‘n pepper “Whatta Man”. In 1997, Dawn left the group to pursue a solo career and in the may, the band released their new album EV3. The 3 standing for now three members.

        The Cover shows Maxine (Left), Terry (Middle) and Cindy (right) sat on a blue couch with a green background. All of them just staring into the camera. The inlay has thanks you from all the members but there’s no lyrics, which is quite annoying. Only a list of the songs with the producers and writers included. The back of the album has a list of the songs around a circle. The CD is just a plain white/cream colour with the EV3 just in small at the top in lilac circles.

        ‘Whatever’ is the first track on the album. The intro is funky and you just want to bob up and down to it. There’s a background beat to the song. There’s always one of them sing, other two are just providing the backing sound. They harmonise so wonderful on this song and I especially like where they go tam tum tum, just make this song stand out. The lyrics are about whatever do, don’t break my heart. It’s from them to their boyfriends. I think it’s quite sweet.

        ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’ is the next track. The intro starts with a dramatic piano and one of the girls singing some vocal ranges. The bass and piano is the background for the remainder of the song. It’s one of those song that makes you listen to word for word. It’s about the woman wanting to be more than friends but he’s hestitating. On certain parts of the song, they’ve added a slight echo to the last word of a line. It’s very effective and makes it sound more powerful.

        The intro of ‘Right Direction’ sounds like a country song. With just a guitar and cymbals. It’s like you’re riding on a dust track in the back of a truck. It’s all about that they hope they are heading in the right direction because they don’t have time to make mistake. The background becomes slightly less country in parts of the song but seem to revert back to the country sound. This is not really a favourite of mine.

        The background song for ‘Damn I Wanna Be Your Lover’ has a electric twang to it but in the foreground, there’s a beautiful acoustic guitar. Sounds like some glitter sounds in it. Like a shooting star falling to the earth for a second. I think the title speaks for itself on what the song is about.

        ‘Too Gone, Too Long’ is a much calmer song than the others. The background sound is just piano, bass and electric guitar. The voices sounds very harmonised. It’s an easy listening. It’s about that he’s been gone too long and that he’s too late to come back in her arms again. It’s like a broken heart song but she’s more on now. The end of the song fades into the nothingness.

        ‘You're All I Need’ is very happy song. The intro starts with just a bass and a bit of electric guitar with the girls just not singing but just harmonising. It has a steady beat. It’s bit like one of the part of Sister Act, where the Sister makes them just sing notes. It’s a nice song but the beat starts to get on my nerves after awhile.

        The intro of ‘Let It Flow’ is very funky and uses clapping to make the beat. A nice reference to one of their old songs, where one of the member’s shout Free Your Mind. It’s about just let it flow in your heart and mind. I don’t know what’s meant to flow but just let it flow. In parts of the song, they sounds a bit like cats when they sing yea yea yea. It’s quite comical. There’s some rapping by JAH and after that, it’s a bit where’s there’s no singing just En Vogue going oooh oooh until the end of the song.

        ‘Sitting By Heaven's Door’ is a slow ballad song. The intro has a sweet piano but I find the music is overpowering the voices of the girls not with the chorus but just the lyrics for the first part of the song and then it’s like someone turned down the background music and you can hear them properly again. Then there’s a weird bit where the music stops for a second and she says “With the key in my hand” and then the music starts again. I don’t like this song. I don’t like anything religious as I’m atheist and as I don’t believe much in heaven. It’s pretty pointless for anyone to sing about it for me.

        Love Makes You Do Thangs. Another upbeat and happy song with some nice acoustic guitar and piano. It’s about love making you do things and think about things. The girls harmonised lovely on this, just the right tempo but I must admit the songs are starting to sound a bit samey and not much originality now.

        The intro of ‘What A Difference A Day Makes’ has a nice bells and bass sound to it. It’s another upbeat song. The title of the song says it all on what the song is about. Ok, it’s slightly different to the other songs with the middle having just sound and no singing and a rapper in the background but the pooy dooy do just annoyed the hell out of me.

        ‘Eyes Of A Child’ is a jazzy song. It has a nice guitar and bass mix. You can just bob along to the tune. The backing sounds like En Vogue imitating children but to the end of the song it’s just starting to sound like all the other songs on the album.

        All the song ‘Does Anybody Hear Me’ has no background sound, just harmonising of the En Vogue’s voice. It’s like you’re listening to a church choir but they just keep repeating the same lyrics over and over again and you can tired of the song after a minute.

        ‘I've Got Your Gun’ The intro has more electric sounds than the other songs have had. It’s got a nice beat to it. I like the line. I’ve got your gun and it’s loaded with my love. I mean a gun is a horrible weapon and associating it with love, well it’s quite clever.

        Overall Comment
        For 50p, it was a good buy but I think that the album sounds too similar throughout to make it one of those must have albums. The songs are lovely but need more variation to it. There’s at least 5 songs on there that don’t sound too samey so 10p a song it’s too bad really.

        For more information on this album or any other album En Vogue has made check out their website. http://www.atlanticrecords.com/envogue

        Tracklisting
        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 Difference A Day Makes
        11 Eyes Of A Child
        12 Does Anybody Hear Me
        13 I've Got Your Gun

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          11.05.2001 06:17

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          Too Gone, Too Long is my favourite. - Advantages: Funky, groovy tracks - Disadvantages: Samey

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Whatever
        2 Don't Let Go (Love)
        3 Right Direction
        4 Damn I Want To 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 Difference A Day Makes
        11 Eyes Of A Child
        12 Does Anybody Hear Me

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