With the first two singles cut from the album, the soulful and chill Way Back featuring Snoop Dog, and the electro-pop inflected Haters, the duo signal that TLC is an exercise in fan service. Nostalgia dominates Way Back, acting as a warm hug to the faithful fans, while Haters acts as a pre-emptive dismissal of critics while also reaffirming the message of self-confidence and positive body image previously espoused on songs such as Unpretty. The former track feels overlong – making the addition of an extended version at the album’s end redundant – and the fade-out denies the song the definitive ending it deserves, but Haters is remarkably pithy at two-and-a-half minutes, masking that song’s heavy lyrical repetition with a strong hook.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 21st July 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.