So we finally lose another number from the 90s - the era list that went without an elimination since Xscape
left at #60! The decade did a great job holding on but the second casualty, although may seem obvious to some is actually one of the most commercially successful here! SWV
(Sisters With Voices)
have, as of 2015, sold 25 million records! Let that sink in! We hardly discuss them here on PopJustice within most of our Girl Band talks or rates but out there, within their niche – superstars
broke into the scene in the early 90s but actually started out as a Gospel group when they formed in 1986. Their then manager (Maureen Singleton) sent out demo tapes of the girls with bottles of Perrier (as they couldn’t afford champagne) to record execs to get them signed, and it was after singing live in front of RCA
executives that they were signed to an eight-album record deal (showing promise for a long term career)!
Their first single Right Here
was released and reached the top 20 of the R&B sub chart but not the main one (although a reissue sampling Human Nature
by Michael Jackson
was released as the fourth single, which did do well and gave me a mini heart attack when I thought I picked the wrong ‘breakthrough’ song). Their first mainstream hit, charting on the Billboard
Hot 100 at #6 was this one we are rating, I’m So Into You
I have to say, I gave this track a 7.7, an 8 may have been in order! Although it isn’t the most standout track of even the R&B genre from our full list, it gives a great introduction into the sound of the genre at the time, and started promoting more mainstream appeal, which is fantastic and paved the way for more greats to come along and run with it! The track is a slow burn jam actually, and becomes more pleasant with each listen. The sisters’ vocals have a nice grit and identity to them and they harmonise very well. They also do what these debuts are supposed to do – build interest in discovering more from the act! And more from SWV
you must investigate – they certainly have some jams in their repertoire (ask @londonrain
had a bit of a hiatus (around a decade) as a band (some members tried solo careers) and around the time of their band comeback featured on Chris Brown
’s official remix to She Ain’t You
(I know, yikes – but still check it out if you prefer more modern sounding R&B) and brought out a few more songs in the 2010s, including Co-Sign
. Legacy wise VH1
ranked them #88 on their 100 Greatest Women In Music List, BILLBOARD
has them at #7 R&B acts and the #2 Top Selling/Airplay R&B Female Group of the 1990s! Decorated to the max!!
What did you think of SWV through this track, PopJustice?
(5) doesn’t think much (not too surprisingly)
- The main "I'm so into you" when the break the words down, that's about the only moment that's remotely interesting to me. Unnameable
(3) thinks less than that
– not my bag. Iheartpoptarts
(9) is at the opposite end of that spectrum
- 90s crush anthem! DominoDancing
(5) doesn’t have high hopes for his memory, nor will he be contacting londonrain for pointers
- Didn't know this before the rate, and I suspect I will have forgotten about it by the time it's over.
(3) has some technical difficulties
- I CAN BARELY BREATHE. There's something off about the mix here. The vocals are far too quiet. It's not like the backing track has anything interesting going on that we need to hear. I really don't like it. It sounds really basic to me, but not unpleasant. Just forgettable. Trouble In Paradise
(7) can see the positives, but the negatives don’t let the love go all the way
- This song has a solid groove to it and the hook is nice but it feels like its 6 minutes long cause it repeats so much. Would be much improved with a shorter edit.
(4) is making mortal enemies out of @londonrain, @KingBruno & @Robsolete
- Enough R&B. It’s not bad but I don’t really like it. Saviodxl
(7.2) plays favourites
- I really like Taj! Kermit_The_Frog
(9) shares with us, Lester!
- I’m such a fan that I even bought KoKo’s terrible solo album (though it did have a couple of bops, so not a complete waste). Love this song. Further Listening: Can We? Zar-Unity
(7) ends us on a positive note
- They sure do groove, and I'm feeling that late night romantic vibe here. Tech: 4 Taste: 3 = 7 points