Q - 11/01, p.1373 out of 5 stars
- "...The signs of future world domination were in place: proper songs, star guests...and the best harmonies since, well, En Vogue..."
Vibe - 2/98, p.124
"More earnest than Allure, but less inspiring than 702, Destiny's Child are yet another urban-chic girl group out to entice listeners with sultry vocals and apple-pie innocence..."
DESTINY'S CHILD is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program as well as multimedia computer files.
Personnel: Kelly, La Tavia, Le Toya, Beyonce (vocals); Carl Washington, Dwayne Wiggins (various instruments); Anthony Papa Michael (acoustic guitar); John "Jubu" Smith, Kenny Demery (guitar); Vincent Lars (saxophone); Bill Ortiz (trumpet); David Frank (piano); Jay Lincoln, Carl Wheeler, Jamie Hawkins (keyboards); Raymond McKinley, Preston Crump (bass); Lee Neal (drums, percussion); Steve Foreman (percussion); Corey Rooney (programming); Jermaine Dupri (background vocals).
Producers include: Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri, Vincent Herbert, Dwayne Wiggins, Tim Kelley.
Engineers include: Joey Swails, Charles Brackins, Warren Riker.
Recording information: Castle Oak Studios, Calabasas, CA; Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Digital Services Recording Studios, TX; Digital Studios, Houston, TX; House of Music; House of Music, Oakland, CA; KrossWire Studios, College Park, GA; Like Oak Studios, Berkeley, CA; Manhattan Ave. Studios, Topanga, CA; Pajama Studios, Oakland, CA; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Studio La Coco, Atlanta, GA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
Photographer: Paul Empson .
Kick back and get smooth with the sensuous vocal talents of Kelly, La Tavia, Le Toya, and Beyonce. With the help of Wyclef Jean and others, the Houston quartet has assembled an impressive range of grooves, loaded with scintillating harmonies. While each member has come to develop a distinct voice, they flow naturally together into a distinct group sound, a new force on the scene. Whether the focus is on synthesizer or classical guitar, the instrumentation is diverse and smartly arranged, complementing the soulful quality of the songs.
There's a genuine sense of R&B history here--the floating Fender-Rhodes piano and a rendition of the Commodores' "Sail On" nod to the groovy past, while the group's tight harmonies and a booming bass pave the way to the future. Witness a musical climb to the top of the mountain on tracks like "Second Nature" and "Show Me The Way." If these ladies don't get your butt moving, something ain't right.