There really isn’t much one can say about how dynamite TLC was or how great their single choices were. They may be the greatest contemporary example of a perfect marriage of commercial and creative impulses.
That said, Chilli never quite got enough credit, in my opinion, for her emotive skills. Her voice is a sweet, surprisingly powerful marvel that wraps itself around the emotion of every lyric. This was often used on the bridge of TLC’s best material. But Take Our Time is the first time she gets to be the sole lead voice on a TLC song and she runs with it. Her phrasing is flawless and she has never sounded as sexy, before or since. Though she went on to sing more solo lead stuff in the group, this song remains her finest lead vocal contribution to TLC and it should have been a single.
T-Boz of TLC was recently interviewed on AOL Black Voices. It’s an interesting interview because she seems to feel free to say what she really thinks.
The best part is when she drops the truth about Beyonce and Destiny’s Child:
They get mad when I say this, but I don’t give a damn. It was all about Beyonce anyway. She was my favorite, too, but come on. Her parents are over everything. Who do you think they were going for? It’s always Beyonce. It was supposed to be exactly the way it is now, Bey is on top…That would have been a hard group for me to be in, because I would have been like your mommy and daddy are running things and they’re gonna have you at heart the most. That’s just how I feel. (my emphasis added)
Bout damn time someone in the industry spoke true about DC.