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by CLAUDIA ZEZATTI
Total album sales for the famous female R&B group Destiny’s Child increased in 328% following the Super Bowl halftime show, according to Billboard.com. Although they delivered a performance that astounded viewers and fans alike, their newest compilation, “Love Songs,” did not reflect such talent.
“Love Songs” consists of fourteen tracks, ranging from their first album in 1998, “Destiny’s Child,” to their well-received “Destiny Fulfilled” which was released in 2004.
“Cater 2 U” opens up the collection but did not set the tone for “Love Songs.” Since the first track basically functions as a radio hit due to its steady vibe and easy lyrics, this entices listeners who expect a similar tone from the upcoming selections.
“Second Nature” has a mellow strumming of electric guitar and carries a steady pace underneath the soft voices of the trio, and is worthy of the repeat button.
Nonetheless, constantly checking the duration of time left before the next song starts is a disappointing characteristic of “Love Songs.”
“Killing Time” and “Heaven” were tracks in particular that held this characteristic and leave one wondering where a catchy hook or unique lyrics would spice up these tracks.
There was the well-known ‘Emotion’ to go along with the theme of love, yet immediately invokes skipping.
Skip down to track number 12 where you will catch yourself becoming synchronous with the beat to “Say My Name Timbaland Remix).” With a downbeat recurring every two seconds and Beyonce’s powerful adlibs from beginning to end, this catchy song has the stamp of approval for women to rid any nervousness before perhaps, a date.
Since the majority of this compilation was produced during the late 90s and early 00s, the album definitely reflects the style of R&B that has passed.
However, in a current time period where the entire genre of R&B has evolved, along with our tolerance for what can be envisioned simply through the lyrics, ”Love Songs” fails to match up to the concept of what we know now as R&B, and is best left for those who have an appetite for a blast from the past.
With the Pharrell-produced “Nuclear,’” being the only new material on the album, nothing short of ingenious would be expected. Sadly “Love Songs” closed with an unmemorable end.