13 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Destiny’s Child’s debut was released in 1997, contemporary R&B was dominated by solo performers like Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey and Aaliyah. Aside from TLC, the slew of girl groups that had exploded in the early Nineties (En Vogue, SWV) had subsided, and there was a vacancy for the next female R&B superstars. Enter Destiny’s Child. Like much of the era’s R&B, the group’s debut album was deeply linked to hip-hop, and “No, No, No (Parts 1 and 2),” “Bridges,” and “With Me” fit easily alongside contemporaneous hits by Biggie and Jay-Z, while cameos from Wyclef Jean and Mater P strengthen the quartet’s ties to the rap world. No one in the group was older than 16 at the time of the recording, but the original lineup specialized in sultry jams. Songs like “Tell Me” and “Killing Time” give Toni Braxton a run for her money, but it is the beautiful “Second Nature”— built around a sample of “Make Me Say It Again Girl” by the Isley Brothers — that is the album’s most mesmerizing moment.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Destiny’s Child’s debut was released in 1997, contemporary R&B was dominated by solo performers like Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey and Aaliyah. Aside from TLC, the slew of girl groups that had exploded in the early Nineties (En Vogue, SWV) had subsided, and there was a vacancy for the next female R&B superstars. Enter Destiny’s Child. Like much of the era’s R&B, the group’s debut album was deeply linked to hip-hop, and “No, No, No (Parts 1 and 2),” “Bridges,” and “With Me” fit easily alongside contemporaneous hits by Biggie and Jay-Z, while cameos from Wyclef Jean and Mater P strengthen the quartet’s ties to the rap world. No one in the group was older than 16 at the time of the recording, but the original lineup specialized in sultry jams. Songs like “Tell Me” and “Killing Time” give Toni Braxton a run for her money, but it is the beautiful “Second Nature”— built around a sample of “Make Me Say It Again Girl” by the Isley Brothers — that is the album’s most mesmerizing moment.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
183 Ratings

183 Ratings

GoodGirl86 ,

The Memories

This brings back so many memories for me. I remember asking my mom for $20 because I was going on a school field trip. The money was supposed to be used for food, drinks. My plan was to use it to buy this CD and that I did when we stopped at Wal-Mart. Yes, we stopped at Wal-mart on a school field trip LOL. I remember when we got back on the bus everyone was so anxious to hear it. Those were the days of the portable compact disc player. Of course, my favorites were No, No, No Rmx, I also loved Bridges, Sail On, Killing Time. This brings back some of the best feelings ever. I bet Beyonce would bring the house down with these songs today, considering the growth & versatality in her voice over the years.

blue hobgoblin ,

Awesome

This album is beautiful. DC at its best. It's so sad that the original Destiny's Child broke up :(. Though it doesn't have so many party bangers like the following albums, the girls really show their vocal strength and flow together very well. Since this is only the partial album, I would recommend buying it in a store, because you definitely want all of the songs.

SoulsChild ,

Finally!

I loved their Debut! The Harmony is heavenly, but with two remixes included on only an 11 track CD... it was a little disappointing. However, it still made me a fan nearly 9 years ago!

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