Monday, February 23, 2009

Cuz he doesn't know what I do

221. TLC - "Creep" (LaFace Records, 1994)

TLC's 1994 ode to infidelity (I feel like that's the kind of intro Rachel Perry would give) is one of the slinkiest, smoothest little jams this side of the ol' Mississip. "Oh-ah, Oh-ah, Oh-ah," however you choose to write it, is one of the great wordless vocal hooks ever heard by these ears. "The 22nd of loneliness" is fantastically bizarre opening line, but T-Boz somehow sings it as it were both perfectly natural and the opening line to one of the greatest English-language novels of the 20th century. Dallas Austin's production could not be better suited to the vocals/lyrics, the strings on the chorus adding a gentle touch of paranoia and shiftiness to the whole smooth-ass affair. Purrfect.

(link to the vid here, none of those are embeddable)

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