First Listen: TLC finds their "Way Back"

Bobbed socks and Mary Jane flats, Rick James and hair beads, your momma's cornbread and your daddy's brisket....you get the hint: some things always occur as a pair and you can't imagine one without the other, which is the feel-good sentiment that TLC returns with in their synth-laden summer-ready jam, "Way Back."

Bobbed socks and Mary Jane flats, Rick James and hair beads, your momma's cornbread and your daddy's brisket....you get the hint: some things always occur as a pair and you can't imagine one without the other, which is the feel-good sentiment that TLC returns with in their synth-laden summer-ready jam, "Way Back."

It's admittedly been a rough 15 years for the TLC brand: marriages, reality shows, breakups, babies and the abrupt passing of their mercurial and mesmerizing 'wild card,' Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, made fans believe that T-Boz and Chilly would stay keepers of the legacy without performing again, but the two make a compelling duo; Tionne  kicks off the verses in her cool, conversational rasp and Chilly's tangy vocals join hers in the alternate verses and the chorus: "Don't you ever think back on all that other [expletive], we went through, you know I remember yeah/Don't you ever wish, one day we could reminisce, it feels like we were just together." Some may enjoy the cameo featuring Snoop Dogg and some may yearn for a long-ago Left Eye verse to resurrect, but his signature Cali drawl gets the job done, flipping phrases like "twenty sack," "one-hour-photo," "tenderoni" that hearken back to that late 90s vibe and feel.

On its own merits, "Way Back" is a tight jam tailor-made for spring cook-outs, summertime lounging and even a new go-to groove for family reunions (if Auntie Peaches and Uncle Elroy can overlook the early dropping b-word and s-word). Necks will bob, shoulders will rock, and feet will shuffle, all while Left Eye sends her kudos from up above.

TLC feat. Snoop Dogg – “Way Back”

 
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