A few months ago, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of En Vogue’s smash 1992 album Funky Divas, which Albumism’s Quentin Harrison called “both an affirmation of the past and (then) present of R&B music,” adding that it “still captivates audiences inside and outside of the R&B genre, and stands as a truly classic girl group record that set the standard for others to follow in the years to come.”
Later this week, on Friday, June 9th, the Oakland-bred group’s superb sophomore album returns on vinyl for the first time since its original pressings surfaced two and a half decades ago. Featuring the hit singles “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It),” “Free Your Mind” and the Curtis Mayfield and Aretha Franklin indebted “Giving Him Something He Can Feel,” Funky Divas remains the group’s most critically and commercially acclaimed album of their career to date.
“That album, to me, was the album that really established us, finally, as a superstar group,” founding member Cindy Herron-Braggs confided during a recent interview with Harrison. “We got a lot of great reviews and album sales off of the Funky Divas album. A lot of people have a lot of positive things to say about it because of the way the music was written and produced, the subject matter. We never worked inside of the box. We always tried to set new standards and new musical trends. Even listening to it now, it still sounds great and feels great in today's world of music.”