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Destiny's Child ~ Writing's On The Wall
Not even Dionne Warwick and her mind-reading friends could have predicted that, over the course of two CDs, Destiny's Child would become one of the most successful girl groups on the planet. But successful this Houston trio is, and their sophomore CD shows why. Yes, the lineup changes as often as lead singer Beyoncé's hairstyle, but fun, disposable pop/R&B needn't be rooted in permanence, and DC is mad fun and mad catchy to boot. With the assistance of hitmakers Shek'spere and Kandi Burruss, Destiny's Child trade in effervescent, hip-shaking, finger-wagging, 'you-go-girl, kick-him-to-the-curb' anthems. The Writing's on the Wall is loaded with tracks like "Bills, Bills, Bills," which are suitable both for dancing and as topics on the Ricki Lake Show. The percolating "Bug A Boo" is irresistible, as is the sassy "So Good." To their credit, the girls can slow the pace down, and on the sultry "Temptation" they get to work their considerable chops to nice effect. But as sales and chart figures have shown, Destiny's Child are at their best when they are laying down the law to some trifling man, and/or working their own groove thang. Work it they do on this somewhat formulaic but ultimately irresistible effort. --Amy Linden
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I do like the cover of the album art though and especially the inside art where the ladies are sitting in the chairs in all different positions (I think they should have had a bigger booklet of multiple pictures of the girls, and all the writers of the songs instead of having to look it up online.)
Alright. I guess that's enough of me not talking about the songs.
I wanna first touch on the beats. They got dated fast. Most of the songs' production work do NOT hold up anymore. Or at least not that good. The fast tracks are good, but their production for the most part is dated. HEY LADIES, my favorite upbeat number is actually a good exception except for that pop-y "bubbling up" production that Kandi just LOVES to work with on some songs she's worked on (also see Mariah's X-GIRLFRIEND for more of this type of style if that's what you're into.) The slower numbers hold up a bit better in this department.
Some of my favorite songs on this album (besides HEY LADIES) are the ballad STAY, the AMAZING GRACE OUTRO, SO GOOD, the intro and my favorite by far, BUG A BOO (This song's too funny! And I love B's vocal runs towards the end of the track too). Some tracks are a bit indistinct and do sound alike, but sometimes you get that in an R&B album.
All in all, it's not a bad album and was great for its time. The production could be better now but at least the commandments were interesting.
"Bug A Boo"
"Outro (Amazing Grace)" &
This album was primarily based on the do's and don't of relationships. These women covered everything from cheating, to paying bills, bugging your mate to death, jumpin' off in the club, giving into temptation, confessions on infidelity, and so much more. There was so much substance to the album that it put Destiny's Child on the map, unfortunately we saw roster changes for 8 months straight (but that didn't stop their reign, it only made them stronger....hence "Survivor"..)
Standout tracks: Confessions, Temptation, So Good, If You Leave Her, Say My Name, and Hey Ladies. Phenomenal work!