TLC‘s forthcoming album is a “deeper, better version” of their hugely successful ‘FAN MAIL’ album, according to LISA ‘LEFT EYE’ LOPES’ US publicist.
The record is set to feature vocal parts from ‘Left-Eye’, who was killed in a car crash while on holiday in Honduras. The trio had almost completed work on the record prior to her death (April 25).
Speaking about the new album, their producer Dallas Austin told MTV news that he has worked on “six or seven” new songs with a smaller number to be completed.
He said: “The girls were pretty much more involved in pulling in producers and writers. Where it was usually moulded by me saying, ‘This is the sound’, this one was being pieced together a little different, which was cool. We were doing this album, then the greatest hits.”
Lopes’ personal publicist Jay Marose added: “(It’s) not unlike the hits from ‘Fan Mail’. It’s connected even more. ‘Fan Mail’, that’s who they were at that time. There was so much in there that was really personal. This was the next step in that. The Lisa, Chilli and T-Boz that we got to know in ‘Fan Mail’, this record was a deeper, better version of that. The first track I heard blew me away. It had a bit of controversy.”
Surviving members Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas are planning to complete the album, although the title, currently unannounced, was chosen by Lopes.