Destiny's Child - Survivor
In the late eighties, after soul music had gone up the dead end (butt end) of a dreary, dull, repetitive, mindless genre known as disco, it tried to rediscover its roots. It looked back to the original gospel music, but, deliberately or otherwise, retained the silly lyrical themes ("Move Your Body", "Groove Your Thang", "Shake Your Funky Booty" and so on). Though, with time, some moved on from those silly themes, some of the time, this new genre became dreary, dull, repetitive, mindless, and an exercise in vocal gymnastics inspired by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston who could spread a single syllable over a dozen or more notes. This meant that excessive vocalising became the principal instrumentation - the rest was just sparse, often with an erratic sounding, but still essentially 4/4 drum beat, however much the drum machines attempted to hide it. Guitars were gone - whatever music there was came from machines and any rawness in the sound was ironed out by gross over-production.
What do they call this new genre? Well, as they lacked the originality to come up with a new set of lyrics; they lacked the originality to break away from the 4/4 of dance tracks, so they lacked the originality to call it by a new name. They hi-jacked the term rhythm and blues.
R&B this ain't. This is crap. Sheer, utter, unadulterated horseshit, of no value to anyone. I don't call this garbage R&B. I call it what it is. SLS. Soul-less Soul.
Why am I writing this? Well Destiny's Child have been among the principal exponents of it and it is sooooooooooooooooooooooo damn dull!!
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on 2012-08-24 Carlita Said:
I did like Destiny's Child back in the 90's but in the pop arena. Pop is supposed to be light and danceable, appealing to the masses so that's where I put them. Disagree on disco (several songs still hold up today as fun party songs) and think there's a wealth of great R&B and soul out there.
on 2012-08-24 hstisgod Said:
ug, Chaz!! that is all.
on 2011-03-13 CharlesMartel Said:
Beyonce may have a good voice but it is seriously wasted on this garbage.