For the first few years of the 21st century, Destiny's Child ruled the roost in terms of pop music. Their touch was golden, and pretty much everything they released was extremely successful in the UK or the USA, or both.
Listening to this collection, it's not difficult to know why. Their competence in carrying off great pop hooks is considerable, and their vocals are way better than those of people in so-called 'credible' Indie bands. Vocals should actually count for something, and by God can Beyonce Knowles carry a note.
Great pop music is all over this album, from the memorable 'Bills, Bills, Bills', to the utterly anthemic 'Independent Woman' and the similarly anthemic 'Survivor'. This was where Destiny's Child were at their best, promoting the idea of friendship and female solidarity, actually quite a positive message for a pop band to be putting across. Even sludgier songs like 'Emotion', a Bee-Gees cover, are carried off by the sheer force of Beyonce's voice, and if there is anyone who can not want to dance to 'Bootylicious', they must be one severely miserable so and so. 'Lose Your Breath' has a similar effect, hinting all too tantalisingly at what Destiny's Child may have gone on to release had they not split up when they did.
Buy this and revel in the past glories of arguably one of the greatest pop acts of all time, from these purveyors of damn near perfect pop.