Great assessment, thanks! At the height of TLC dominance in the 90s, I heartily dismissed them as “Top 40 crap”.
About five years ago, on a totally random whim, I purchased a CD copy of CrazySexyCool in one of those massive discount/discard buckets at Best Buy. I finally got around to listening to it and thought it was fantastic.
Ironic that I now correctly see the album (and group as a whole) as way better than most of the “serious” indie rock and underground hip-hop that I was devoted to at the time.