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Destiny's Child

  • The Writing's on the Wall [Columbia, 1999] B+
  • Survivor [Columbia, 2001] **

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The Writing's on the Wall [Columbia, 1999]
I like teenpop fine, but please, one song at a time. And since teenpop likes this glamorous femme quartet, individual songs are all a reasonable grownup would expect. Uh-uh. Lyrics are the usual problem--if there's a quotable quote here, I haven't noticed it. But that may just be because the multivalent harmonies, suavely irregular beats, and, not incidentally, deep-seated self-respect have been keeping me busy ever since I heard through the visuals. B+

Survivor [Columbia, 2001]
smiling bravely through their tribulations ("Independent Women Part I," "Happy Face") **