• Record Label: La Face
  • Release Date: Nov 12, 2002
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. features several career-defining turns by superstar producers such as the Neptunes ("In My Arms Tonight"), Babyface ("Hands Up"), Missy Elliott and Timbaland ("Dirty"), with all the group's playfulness and silky-smooth funk intact.
  2. Blender
    80
    3D's sheer creative vibrancy is itself a testament to Lopes's live-wire charisma. [#12, p.155]
  3. The album isn't the romp it might have been had Lopes survived, but 3D solidly embodies black pop in a year in which it has lacked a center.
  4. Perhaps 3D doesn't blaze trails like their other albums, but it never plays it safe and it always satisfies, and it's one of the best modern soul albums of 2002.
  5. Mojo
    80
    A sophisticated set of cutting edge R&B.... TLC's best, most consistent LP. [Dec 2002, p.106]
  6. 3D feels a little incomplete, like much of their work.
  7. Dozens of like-minded female acts have followed the trio into the R&B arena, yet 3D demonstrates how wide a gulf there is between the originals and their imitators.
  8. But in spite of a slim body of songs and an occasionally half-finished feel, the group stakes a solid claim to the riches of future-soul with 3D, leaving a distinct stamp on even its weakest material with gorgeous singing built around the understated grace of '60s girl groups.
  9. There are few absolute duffers here: '3D' makes for a perfectly pleasant 50 minutes of slick and homogenised R&B. It's just that, from such a reputable firm - and at such an emotional and auspicious point in their career - it's impossible not to expect more.
  10. Q Magazine
    60
    Though not what Lopes or TLC will be remembered for, it's a solid effort. [Jan 2003, p.124]
  11. Mixer
    60
    [A] slick, street-smart album of sassy party tracks and sensitive slow jams. [Jan 2003, p.73]
  12. Charitable fans and critics will probably seize on the few sparks generated by 3D to eulogize TLC as vanguards. The truth -- that their riskier impulses were often tamped down by a conservative industry -- is somewhat more depressing.
  13. Uncut
    40
    The four tracks involving [Lopes] are superb.... Elsewhere, they audibly struggle. [Jan 2003, p.119]
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. AshaA
    Oct 11, 2004
    10
    This album is the best TLC album ever
  2. MelissaL
    Jun 1, 2003
    10
    i give it a 10 ofcoarse cuz this is a great Cd. such a variation to the music. Exactlly what u need threw out the day. luv songs yet with the i give it a 10 ofcoarse cuz this is a great Cd. such a variation to the music. Exactlly what u need threw out the day. luv songs yet with the toss of an up beat r&b simply perfect to listen too. Full Review »
  3. NseE
    Nov 30, 2002
    10
    Yes,I am a big TLC fan,and yes,I miss Left eye, and yes, still this is brilliant. 'So so dumb', 'Good love', 'In Yes,I am a big TLC fan,and yes,I miss Left eye, and yes, still this is brilliant. 'So so dumb', 'Good love', 'In your arms tonight', 'Damaged'. Diverse songs, fantastic. Full Review »