My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) (3/21/92) #1 US, #4 UK, #1 RB. Sales: ½ million
Giving Him Something He Can Feel (6/6/92) #4a US, #44 UK, #1 RB, #32 AC. Sales: ½ million
Yesterday (8/29/92) #73a US, #29a RB
Free Your Mind (9/12/92) #8 US, #16 UK, #23 RB. Sales: ½ million
Give It Up, Turn It Loose (11/28/92) #12 US, #22 UK, #16 RB
Love Don’t Love You (3/27/93) #28a US, #64 UK, #31 RB
“The 1990s was a time when hip-hop infused with R&B became pop music, and at the forefront of this movement was En Vogue. Their most commercially and critically successful album, Funky Divas, stands as one of the best pop/R&B albums to emerge from that time, incorporating soul, hip-hop, pop, dance, and rock to create one of the era’s most diverse, dazzling, and exciting pieces of work” (Promis).
“The album…scored no less than five hit singles, three of which became Top Ten pop hits…The unstoppable My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)…combined perfect harmonies, street sass, and 1990s female assertion to create one of the biggest hits of 1992, as well as a catch phrase which became ubiquitous in popular culture. Other hits include their sophisticated, shimmering Top Ten remake of Giving Him Something He Can Feel, a ghetto love fable initially popularized by Aretha Franklin, the doo wop good-feelin’ Give It Up Turn It Loose, the jazzy Love Don’t Love You, and the hard rock smash Free Your Mind. The last was a hit which, following the summer of the Los Angeles riots, struck a chord with national audiences by coaxing people to let down their guards about racism and prejudice” (Promis).
“Other highlights” (Promis) on this album, “which is basically free of filler” (Promis), “include the great opener This Is Your Life, the hip-hop tracks Hip Hop Lover and It Ain’t Over Till the Fat Lady Sings, the house track What Is Love, the sexy, Middle Eastern-influenced Desire, and their wonderful, should-have-been-a-hit version of Curtis Mayfield’s Hooked on Your Love” (Promis).
“Combining sass, elegance, and class with amazing vocals and perfect production, this delightful set stands as one of the 1990s definitive pop albums” (Promis).