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    Default Destiny's Child - Love Songs

    online listen
    usually pass on the compilations
    this one says only 1 track was a single, the rest album tracks
    I wouldn't even know the singles anyway, so I'll give it a shot
    love Survivor and we get underwear dancing in the clip
    like one other track
    1.4 from me and a converted 2.1 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Survivor

    released Jan 29th, 2013

    Bio - from allmusic

    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 ever before.

    Destiny's Child were formed in Houston, Texas, in 1990, when original members Beyoncé Knowles and LaTavia Roberson were just nine years old; the two met at an audition and became friends, and Knowles' father Mathew set about developing an act based on their singing and rapping, taking their name from a passage in the Book of Isaiah. Beyoncé's cousin Kelendria "Kelly" Rowland joined the group in 1992, and shortly thereafter they landed an appearance on Star Search, where they performed a rap song. The quartet's lineup was finalized (for the time being) when LeToya Luckett joined in 1993, and they spent the next few years working their way up from the Houston club scene, eventually opening for artists like SWV, Dru Hill, and Immature. Finally, in 1997, Destiny's Child were offered a recording contract by Columbia.

    The group made its recorded debut on 1997's "Killing Time," a song included on the soundtrack of the blockbuster Men in Black. Their self-titled debut album was released in early 1998, featuring production by Wyclef Jean and Jermaine Dupri, among others. Its lead single, the Jean-produced "No No No," was a smash hit, selling over a million copies and topping the R&B charts. The follow-up singles -- "With Me" and "Get on the Bus," the latter of which was taken from the soundtrack of Why Do Fools Fall in Love? -- didn't quite duplicate the success of "No No No," although Destiny's Child would eventually go platinum (after the group's later success). Destiny's Child reentered the studio quickly, bringing in producer Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs to handle the majority of their next record. Lead single "Bills, Bills, Bills" became the group's first number one pop hit (and second R&B number one) in the summer of 1999 and, paced by its success, the accompanying album, The Writing's on the Wall, entered the charts at number six upon its release.

    That was just the beginning of the group's breakout success. The second single, "Bug a Boo," didn't perform as well, but the third single, "Say My Name," was another massive hit, their biggest so far; it hit number one on both the pop and R&B charts for three weeks apiece in early 2000, and made Destiny's Child a pop-cultural phenomenon. However, at the peak of "Say My Name"'s popularity, the group splintered. In December 1999, Roberson and Luckett attempted to split with manager Mathew Knowles, charging that he kept a disproportionate share of the band's profits, attempted to exert too much control, and unfairly favored his daughter and niece. While they never intended to leave the group, relations naturally grew strained, and when the video for "Say My Name" premiered in February 2000, many fans (not to mention Roberson and Luckett) were surprised to find two new members -- Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin -- joining Knowles and Rowland. Infuriated, Roberson and Luckett took legal action in March, suing both Knowles and their former bandmates for breach of partnership and fiduciary duties. A war of words followed in the press; meanwhile, the next Destiny's Child single, "Jumpin' Jumpin'," hit the Top Ten, and The Writing's on the Wall went on to sell a whopping eight million copies.

    The personnel-turnover drama still wasn't over; in July 2000, just five months after joining, Farrah Franklin split with the group. The official reason was that Franklin missed several promotional appearances and concert gigs, although in later interviews she spoke of too much negativity and too little control in the group environment. Now reduced to a trio, Destiny's Child was tapped to record the theme song for the film version of Charlie's Angels; released as a single in October, "Independent Women, Pt. 1" raced up the charts and spent an astounding 11 weeks at number one. Destiny's Child were now indisputable superstars, the biggest female R&B group on the scene, and they quickly began work on a new album to capitalize. In the meantime, toward the end of 2000, Roberson and Luckett dropped the portion of their lawsuit aimed at Rowland and Knowles in exchange for a settlement, though they continued to pursue action against Knowles' father; as part of the agreement, both sides were prohibited from ripping each other publicly.

    Beyoncé had long since emerged as the group's focal point, and on the third Destiny's Child album, she assumed more control than ever before, taking a greater hand in writing the material and even producing some of the record herself. While recording sessions were going on, Rowland released the first Destiny's Child solo track; "Angel" appeared on the soundtrack of Chris Rock's Down to Earth. Former members Roberson and Luckett also announced the formation of a trio called, coincidentally, Angel, and Farrah Franklin set about starting a solo career.

    Survivor -- whose title was reportedly inspired by a DJ's crack about Destiny's Child members voting one another off the island, much like the popular CBS reality series -- hit stores in the spring of 2001, and entered the charts at number one. The first two singles, "Survivor" and "Bootylicious," were predictably huge hits, with the latter becoming the group's fourth number one pop single. A cover of Andy Gibb's "Emotion" was also successful, albeit less so, and Survivor sold well -- over four million copies -- but not as well as its predecessor. Toward the end of the year, the group released a holiday album, 8 Days of Christmas, and announced plans for a series of side projects, including solo albums from all three members (to be staggered over the next year and a half, so as to avoid competition). In early 2002, shortly after This Is the Remix was released to tide fans over, Roberson and Luckett sued the group again, claiming that some of the lyrics in "Survivor" made reference to them (in violation of the earlier lawsuit settlement).

    The first Destiny's Child solo album, Michelle Williams' all-gospel project Heart to Yours, was released in April and featured a duet with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. Meanwhile, Beyoncé won a leading role opposite Mike Myers in the third Austin Powers film, Goldmember, playing blaxploitation-style heroine Foxy Cleopatra; her first solo single, the Neptunes-produced "Work It Out," appeared on the soundtrack, and her full solo album, Dangerously in Love, became a huge hit upon release in mid-2003. Despite much critical speculation, the trio reunited the following year and released Destiny Fulfilled in November 2004. In October 2005, the #1's compilation was issued, followed by the Live in Atlanta DVD and CD sets in 2006 and 2007. The members continued solo careers. Rowland had considerable success with Ms. Kelly and Here I Am, both of which reached the Top Ten. Meanwhile, Beyoncé, who married Jay-Z in 2008, solidified her status as the planet's biggest pop star with the platinum albums B'day, I Am...Sasha Fierce, and 4. The group reunited in 2012 to record a new song, the Pharrell-produced "Nuclear," for the Love Songs compilation, which was released in January 2013 -- just prior to their halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII.

    Album Review - from ny daily news

    Tina Turner isn’t the only star who “nevah evah does nothin’ nice and easy.”

    In their day, Destiny’s Child didn’t either.

    At least not in the songs you most wanted to hear — or in the ones that gave them their hits. The group that served as Beyoncé’s launching pad became the biggest female act of the ’90s by adopting a simple strategy: Smack everyone in the face with one girl-power anthem after another. Their thrillingly strident anthems left no room for vulnerability or need, and, therefore, never felt the need to slacken into a ballad’s measured grace.

    So where does that leave a brand-new, all-ballad compilation of vintage Destiny recordings? As its title telegraphs, “Love Songs” contains 14 of the gooiest compositions the group ever cut, including many you may have forgotten ever existed. Even in these songs, the women tend to sing about eros and power rather than any more dark or yearning emotions.

    “Love Songs” cherry-picks the slowest, sexiest jams from the four studio albums Destiny released between 1998 and 2004. It’s telling that only one of these pieces made the cut of their recent “Best Of” set. Just one other song made it onto an earlier “No. 1’s” collection from 2005.

    That isn’t only because ballads didn’t flatter Destiny’s core persona. It’s also because the songs had the bad luck to be written during the single worst period for melody in R&B history: the ’90s. At the time, the commercial ascent of hip hop forced R&B writers to slash their tunes in half, if not in quarters, to mimic the rhythm-driven focus of the day’s pop radio. That accounts for why most of the pieces included here amount to extended runs rather than fully honed tunes.

    The two songs that escape this are a cover (a show-stopping take on the Bee Gees’ “Emotion”) and a new piece, “Nuclear,” whose lovely tune exudes a sumptuous cool.

    Luckily, the rich performances in the other songs goes a long way toward forgiving their narrow construction. Though Beyoncé may dominate the vocal leads, there’s a rapport between all three (and sometimes four) singers in Destiny that marks them as a true group.

    The way the voices of Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams wrap around Beyoncé’s — encouraging ever higher flights, while jazzing up each other’s runs — proves this wasn’t just a one-woman show. There’s a real frisson between the singers that lives on in the creamy harmonies of the set’s one new song. Even the most leaden numbers here, like “Cater 2 U,” thrive on the erotic writhing in the voices.

    Given this, it’s nice to know that Destiny will reunite for a cameo at the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. There, we can once again savor the rich twine of their voices. Just don’t expect them to perform any “Love Songs” there.

    Track Listings

    1. Bootylicious
    2. Bug a Boo
    3. Emotion (The Neptunes Remix)
    4. Jumpin Jumpin
    5. Independent Women Pt. 1
    6. Say My Name
    7. No, No, No Pt 2. Feat. Wyclef Jean
    8. Survivor
    9. Lose My Breath
    10. So Good
    11. Girl
    12. Bills, Bills, Bills
    13. Soldier Feat. T.I. and Lil Wayne
    14. Illusion Feat. Wyclef Jean
    “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”
    Will Rogers

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    How about Brown Eyes?

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