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Destiny’s Child’s second and final album to feature the original lineup turned them into the leading group of contemporary R&B. The women sound more sassy and self-assured in their vocals than they did on the group’s debut. “So Good,” “Bills, Bills, Bills,” and “Bug a Boo” were the first of the group’s female empowerment anthems, which would become their signature in the years to come. Although Beyonce was already beginning to be seen as the group’s standout star, the quartet’s vocal chemistry elevates “If You Leave.” The album’s two big hits represent exactly what the group was trying to accomplish at the time. “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” is a Beyonce original that aligns itself with the dizzying club jams of Missy Elliott and Aaliyah. Still, the album’s centerpiece is “Say My Name,” a passionate and urgent performance that still stands as one of the most memorable R&B songs of the ‘90s.

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R&B at its finest

DC's the Writings on the wall truly embodies what R&B music has grown to be. It encompasses the velvety smooth sound of Anita Baker the Hip-Hop Soul of Mary J. Blige and the blues of the Motown days. However it stays true their fanbase and as broad as that scope is they do it an elegant ease. Standout tracks are: Now That She's Gone She Can't Love You Bills, Bills, Bills Say My Name If You Leave Temptation

This is why they are the best selling girl group of all times!!

Omg they were young.. but age ain't nothing but a number.. THIS CD is INCREDIBLE!!!! The harmonies are soo well put together.. Beyonce's solos and adlibs carry the group extremely well in this entire album!!!

The album that made DC superstars!!!!

Even though this album was made before the Michelle Williams-Bootylicious glory days, it is a great album made by the then quartet. The singles "Bills Bills Bills," "Bug A Boo," "Say My Name," and "Jumpin Jumpin" were all great contributions to R&B and pop music when they charted. However, do not let those singles define the greatness of this album. The strongest song in this set is by far "So Good." Why that song was never turned into a single-I do not know. Another upliftting song is the ballad "Now That She's Gone." The song shows strength in the melody through harmonies as well as Kelly Rowland's notable contribution to the group (as she sings the first verse). If it's the power-pop song you're looking for then look no further than "Hey Ladies" and "Where'd You Go." This album responds to all the musical senses and defines the era that Destiny's Child dominated.


Formed: 1990 in Houston, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Destiny's Child rose to become one of the most popular female R&B groups of the late '90s, eventually rivaling even TLC in terms of blockbuster commercial success. Their accomplishments came in spite of several abrupt personnel changes, which were accompanied by heated, well-publicized feuds in the media and the courts. In fact, for a time, Destiny's Child were known for that drama just as much as their music. Once the group stabilized again, though, they emerged with even more hitmaking power than...
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