Welcome to another edition of MMF Flashback. In this series I pay review albums that have been released already from various artist. These albums have reached some type of milestone and are very instrumental in the artists particular growth or debut. Be sure to check out my first two installments:
In this edition I’ll be reviewing Destiny’s Child, The Writings on the Wall. It was July 28, 1999 when Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett, and LaTavia Roberson released their sophomore album and follow-up to their self-titled debut. The album spawned hits: ‘Bills, Bills, Bills’, ‘Bug a Boo’, ‘Say My Name’, and ‘Jumpin’, Jumpin”. It debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200 in August of 1999 with 132,000 copies sold in its first week. By the end of the year, less than six months after its release, the album had sold 1.6 million copies. 2000 was a huge year for the album as it went on to sell an additional 3.6 million copies and became the tenth best-selling album of the year. The album went on to spend 99 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 from its 1999 release to Spring 2001 and was certified 8x Platinum by the RIAA in November of 2001. To date it has sold over 11 million copies.
The success from the album didn’t stop there as the group went on to win two Grammys, Best R&B Vocal Performance by Duo or Group and Best R&B song, both for ‘Say My Name’. They also won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Band/Duo. Although the drama amongst the change in members still lies with the name Destiny’s Child there’s no denying that with an album like this it helped to cement their popularity, gain airplay and chart presence, plus emphasize the vocal ability of Beyoncé.
I wasn’t even a teenager (almost 9) when this album was released, but with my older sister six years older than me this was the music that she listened to in rotation. I remember the ‘commandments’ that was after each track. Listening to it as a young adult the album blends Hip-Hop and R&B very well and is more urban than the direction that the ladies took once they became a trio. The sound of music changes with time and Destiny’s Child has been able to modify their sound to the current sound. In the late 90s, R&B was still relevant and Hip-Hop always found it’s way to the forefront. In fusing those two sounds plus lyrics of wanting no dead beat guy, love, no love, cheating, having fun, etc. each of the 14 songs (excludes into and outro) was great at adding a different element.
If I had to choose JUST one I would have to say my favorite is between ‘Bills, Bills, Bills’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jumpin”. I know, the radio smashes. The album overall is interesting to listen to 15 years later when I have a different sound of music.
Reminisce and listen to the album below: