Destiny's Child
#1’s


3.5
great

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson STAFF
July 4th, 2007 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Feel like a woman for 55 minutes!

Everyone knows that for the most part, pop albums suck. They have 3 or 4 good singles then a bunch of songs that are used to make it an “album” while in the process making it a “piece of ***.” Sure, there are exclusions to the rule, but I wont be deterred from that main sentiment.

But then again, those singles are often really awesome. Thus, I may be one of the few people who really do love Greatest Hits collections. Even being a lover of Greatest Hits, I was skeptical at downloading Destiny’s Child’s Greatest Hits album, #1’s. I’ll admit that I’m the last person who had any real like for them while they were still “together” and I often ridiculed them in the company of my friends.

Obviously, I’m a lot gayer than I (and everyone else) thought I was, because #1’s is just great.

Destiny’s Child rely n a wonderful mix of new age Soul/R&B and liberal doses of pop goodness. Think of the gap between Aaliyah and Britney Spears, and that’s a good indication of where they reside as a pop group. Everyone knows that, for better or worse, the group quickly became the vehicle for Beyonce to jump-start a nearly-as-successful solo career, and it makes the other girls of Destiny’s Child an afterthought. While normally I’d find it a fault, the fact that there aren’t three dominating vocalists but rather one dominating figure and two nice-sounding backups is a lot more endearing in practice.

What’s more important is that they released it at the perfect time. Its been long enough since most of these were big hits that they’ve lost the overplayedness, but its soon enough that they still have some sort of relevance and “Hey that was cool song” factor. The album hits you with recognizable hit after recognizable hit, and they are all pretty much as perfect as contemporary R&B-pop gets.

“Say My Name” is still the best song your local hits station played in 2000. A simple song abut about the realization of a disintegrating relationship, the Timbaland-esque production and hook (quite simply “say my name, say my name“) wouldn’t be matched by a radio hit until six years later (“SexyBack” still rules). Mostly the songs follow a similar pattern; Soul inspired grooves and rhythms with incredibly catchy hooks and choruses. “Survivor” is probably the most “emotional” song (oh god pop being emotional) and also the most-upbeat, a strong roar of self-empowering womanhood. So the lyrics might be a little ridiculous, but damn do they sing em well anyways.

To be quite honest if you don’t know who Destiny’s Child are at this point, there’s a very very large chance you’d hate this. They’re the prototypical women’s pop group for the 21st Century, and they’re not for music elitists who think the radio is the worst invention since the government (down with the fascist regime!!!!). However, if you ever found yourself grooving to “Independent Woman” while on your way to the gym to um you know bulk up and stuff, then I’d recommend checking out #1’s. It’s filled with bubblegum R&B pop, but what the hell is wrong with that anyways?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There was a lotta stuff I coulda talked about like how most a these weren't #1's in the US etc and talked more about the songs, but lets be honest anyone actually interested in this knows most of the songs anyways.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2007


17945 Comments


im a survivah im not gon' give up

Intransit
July 4th 2007


2797 Comments


I'm nawh gun give uh

chimera908
July 4th 2007


713 Comments


^Lawls at the two comments above.

blackmilk
July 4th 2007


584 Comments


i dun think ya ready for dis jelly

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I are serious cat.
This is serious review guys.

chimera908
July 4th 2007


713 Comments


Yeah I mean, hearing one of these on the radio from time the time is one thing, they make a fun listen. But this definitly wouldnt be somthing I'd buy or anything.This Message Edited On 07.04.07

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2007


17945 Comments


plus theyre black

711
July 4th 2007


1341 Comments


They may have good voices and everything, but this is just something that I'd never be able to get into as a whole.

astrel
July 5th 2007


2614 Comments


Let's not be hatin' on chocolate bitches Chan.

blackmilk
July 5th 2007


584 Comments


I don't think it was necessary to refer to them in a derogatory manner, astrel.

MeowMeow
July 5th 2007


662 Comments


What little I've heard of this (4 songs) is actually not bad. I might check it out, but probably not.

pixiesfanyo
July 5th 2007


1223 Comments


Jumpin' Jumpin' is probably the only good single Destiny's Child ever had.

astrel
July 5th 2007


2614 Comments


I am sorry if I offended anybody with my earlier statement. Destiny's Child is a pop offering I never could fully enjoy.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 5th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jumpin' Jumpin' was a good tune but middle of the road for their singles I think.

RandyfromPennywise
July 5th 2007


752 Comments


"Obviously, I’m a lot gayer than I (and everyone else) thought I was" made me laugh. Fair short review, but you're right, there's not really a need to go in to lots of detail for this one.

iarescientists
July 5th 2007


5863 Comments


You are becoming a caricature of yourself.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
July 5th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really how!?!?!?!?

MrKite
July 6th 2007


5020 Comments


What little I've heard of this (4 songs) is actually not bad. I might check it out, but probably not.

We all know you won't.

plane
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2007


6100 Comments


It doesn't even seem like you try anymore and yet they still work.



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