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Southern Gal
Terry Ellis
Southern Gal
Genres: Pop, R&B
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1

As a member of En Vogue, Terry Ellis was one of the few bright spots on an R&B landscape hopelessly glutted with formulaic, syrupy schmaltz. A creation of songwriter/producers Thomas McElroy and Denzil Foster, En Vogue wer...  more »


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All Artists: Terry Ellis
Title: Southern Gal
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 5
Label: EastWest Records America
Original Release Date: 11/14/1995
Release Date: 11/14/1995
Genres: Pop, R&B
Styles: Funk, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075596185721

As a member of En Vogue, Terry Ellis was one of the few bright spots on an R&B landscape hopelessly glutted with formulaic, syrupy schmaltz. A creation of songwriter/producers Thomas McElroy and Denzil Foster, En Vogue were as prefabricated as the next guys and gals, but once the package came together, boy did they kick ass. Alive with the spirit of hip-hop, and informed by the classic soul and funk of Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and George Clinton--as opposed to the elevator music most current R&B aspires to--the female quartet easily stood out as one of the sassiest and most soulful crossovers since Labelle. Looking to quadruple the singers' output (as well as their profits), McElroy and Foster separated En Vogue into four solo acts--a liquidation that can only be cause for celebration given the prospect of four different follow-ups to En Vogue's 1992 classic, Funky Divas. Unfortunately, Ellis's Southern Gal--the first of the quartet's lone shots--doesn't quite live up to En Vogue's legacy. Though it starts promisingly enough with "She's a Lady," a Southern-fried, violin-streaked, bouncing bass-lined sisterhood anthem, Southern Gal quickly descends into slow-tempo slush and sappy cliches ("It Ain't Over," "Where Ever You Are") that make the songs indistinguishable from each other and from the countless other R&B ballads littering urban radio. The second half offers a bunch of fine moments, however: "Slow Dance"'s flute hook, "You Make Me High"'s gospel-funk chorus, and Ellis's cover of Enchantment's soul-soaked "It's You That I Need." But despite these high points, Southern Gal never recaptures Ellis's Texas homegirl vibe, much less her funky divahood. --Roni Sarig

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Wow, this album is beautiful
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Southern Gal by Terry Ellis is a very nice album. I owned two copies of it and gave the other copy to a friend who's never heard of the singer and after he listened to it he said he was pleased and enjoyed it very much from beginning to end. there's
no need to skip or forward any tracks on southern gal. Terry's voice is very soothing and the music is relaxing. Best songs include: "Wherever You Are," "I Don't Wanna Wait Till Tomorrow," "It's You That I Need," and "It Ain't Over (Till It's Over)." And there's even more great songs to be discovered on this CD as well. She can hold her own and sing just great alone without her fellow En Vogue singers: Cindy, Dawn and Maxine. Terry's solo album is far better than Dawn's. It's the kind of album you can listen to over and over and never get tired of. Get this cd today if you don't already have it!"
The Sexy Southern Gal they call Terry
Mikeisha Best | Mitchellville, Maryland United States | 11/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most people are familiar with Terry Ellis' group, En Vogue. However, many people aren't familiar with her solo album entitled "Southern Gal". This is unfortunate because this is a remarkable album. This is definitely one of the most relaxed, laid back albums I have ever heard, and I have listened to a lot of albums.
Terry has a beautiful voice. Many know that because of her work with En Vogue. But potential buyers, please don't think that just because Terry isn't accompanied by her band members that she isn't capable of making a quality album by herself. That's the furthest thing from the truth. The album's only single is "Wherever You Are". Many people who heard it liked it. It is a song about going wherever possible to find a long lost love. This is a truly lovely song. "Slow Dance" is another album highlight. Terry gives her listener a bit more sensuality in this song. What fascinates me about Terry is that she has this sexy side to her, but she never loses her class. The track entitled "She's A Lady" pays homage to classy women. Terry lets her listener that this lady is sophisticated, but she doesn't take any mess. It's a really nice tribute. "It Ain't Over" is a good track as well. It's about a couple being able to hold on to their relationship and not breaking up over petty things. As the lyrics say, "Can't keep giving up on love every time."
I love this CD. It's one of my favorites. Terry did her thing and she did it well. There are no fillers, everything is great. I love it. 5 STARS. I will buy anything else Terry releases. She's EN VOGUE by her damn self!

Mikeisha's Top 5
1. Wherever You Are
2. Slow Dance
3. It Ain't Over
4. I Don't Wanna Wait Until Tomorrow
5. I Don't Mind
A Wonderful Solo Project
The Reader | Houston, TX United States | 06/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD really displays the beautiful vocal talent of Terry. The songs are laid back with an old school twist to them. It is one of those Cds that put you in a happy mood."