Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Rolling Stone (3/18/99, pp.61-62) - 3 1/2 Stars (out of 5) - "...TLC's sexy moves are enhanced by the album's jittery rhythms....The effort to break away from illusions, especially the gender kind, powers the most exciting music on FAN MAIL..."
Spin (5/99, pp.146-147) - 6 (out of 10) - "...The day Left Eye torched her old man's mansion may be old flames under the bridge, but it's also the new record in a flash: a burning, physical message that looks like a spectacle but reads like sexual politics. This may be FAN MAIL, but it ain't no love letter..."
Q (1/00, p.87) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1999."
Q (5/99, p.116) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...FAN MAIL possesses a bite every bit as sharp as their collective visage is pretty....TLC know exactly how to please all the people all of the time..."
Muzik (1/00, p.69) - Ranked #2 in Muzik's "Albums Of The Year '99"
Muzik (4/9, p.84) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Slick as you like, the feel is high-tech....A real grower of an album in every respect....compared to what else is out there [TLC] remain in a class of their own."
The Source (4/99, p.212) - "...FANMAIL offers more of their trademarked cyberfunk rhythms ("Unpretty"), eclectic party jams ("My Life") and lullaby ballads ("Dear Lie")..."
TLC: T-Boz, Chilli, Left-Eye (vocals).
Additional personnel: Vic-E (spoken vocals); Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (various instruments); Babyface (acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, programming); Michael Thompson, Mike Scott, Tomi Martin (guitar); Gregory Hudspeth (saxophone); Melvin M. Jones (trumpet); Antnony Roberson (trombone); Greg Phillinganes (piano, Wurlitzer piano); Jerry Lumpkins (keyboards); Debra Killings (bass, background vocals); C.C. Thomas, Lamarquis Jefferson, Nathan East, Colin Wolfe (bass); Tim Knight (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Alex Richbourg (programming); Dallas Austin, Leslie Brathwaite, Ty-Hudson, Joi Gilliam, Carolyn Paige, Kevin Wales, "Big" Stan Smith, Kandi Burruss, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, Necia Bray, Koko Watkins (background vocals).
Producers: Cyptron, Kevin "Shekspere" Briggs, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin.
Engineers: Carlton Lynn, Leslie Brathwaite, Steve Hodge.
FANMAIL won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "No Scrubs" won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and for Best R&B Performance by A Duo Or Group With Vocal. FANMAIL was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year. "Unpretty" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Song Of The Year. "No Scrubs was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Record Of The Year.
The bad girls of R&B are back at it again and after a long layoff. Chili, Left Eye, and T-Boz, collectively known as TLC prove that nothing's gonna change their world. With classic TLC demeanor on tracks like "No Scrubs" (sure to get even the most motion-challenged dancer to bust a move), "I'm Good At Being Bad," (TLC at its best) "Silly Ho" and "If They Knew," TLC reminds us why being "bad" is sometimes so attractive. But with all the bad-girl image that TLC works so hard to project, they show their versatility on tracks like "I Miss You So Much" and "Dear Lie." These two cuts show some sentimentality, spotlighting a different side of the TLC their fans have come to know and love.