Dru Hill, Enchantment Passing Through
Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Slow Jam Saturday: Dru Hill, Enchantment Passing Through

R&B quartet Dru Hill was basking in the success of their sophomore album Enter the Dru and preparing to embark on its supporting tour when they appeared on the concept album Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Arriving in stores on March 23rd, 1999, the album was a concept project that contained songs from but predates the musical Aida, which hit Broadway in 2000. 

Dru Hill’s collaboration to the project was “Enchantment Passing Through,” which featured music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. An adult contemporary ballad, the song features in the Broadway play in Act 1 when the male lead Radames and his love interest Aida share their dreams and regrets. In Act 2 of the play, the song receives a reprisal when the storyline gets a resolution. However, Dru Hill’s take on the song gives Sisqo & Jazz a chance to show off their vocals. Sisqo handles the first verse, while Jazz handles the second verse. 

In reading the lyrics, it’s clear that Dru Hill had the type of vocal talent that they could sing anything. If Aida’s planned animated film adaptation hadn’t gotten stuck in development hell with his pending celebrity that would arrive a year later, Sisqo could have easily voiced the lead character.

“A few more days and we’ll be home in glory 

Already they’ll be getting out the flags 

With Memphis high motive dormitory 

Still, I only see a lot of snags 

For just because I’ve triumphed as a slaver 

Brought beauty back to Egypt by the ton 

Of this and every month, now I’m the flavor 

And scheduled to do things I’ve never done 

And why should I tell you this, a stranger 

I just met A woman who in hours from now 

I’ll certainly forget Anonymous and undemanding, 

Enchantment passing through 

My secrets and my confidence are safe enough with you. “

I don’t recall any promotional push for the song by Dru Hill when the song was initially released. However, when Sisqo’s massively successful solo debut Unleash the Dragon hit stores in November of 1999, many R&B fans heard it for the first time.

Final Grade: A-

“Enchantment Passing Through” is available on Unleash The Dragon & Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, both on streaming platforms.

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