on 15 June 2003
Fact. Any r'n'b fan should own this album. Why? Because, quite simply, it is the best r'n'b album of the last ten years, and there are four simple reasons for it: Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. So the line-up stood at the time.
The Writing's On The Wall is from the days when Destiny's Child were all-out r'n'b, no dabbling in pop tracks whatsoever, and when the girls were a quartet, minus Michelle Williams.
This is the album which got Destiny's Child the recognition they deserve, and that started them on the path to superstardom.
1) Intro: 5/10: well, it's an intro, not really a song, so how can you rate it highly?!?
2) So Good: 8/10: a light song but with attitude.
3) Bills, Bills, Bills: 10/10: first single from the album, made number one in the USA and top 10 in the UK. fantastic, and original.
4) Confessions (feat. Missy Elliott): 9/10: a stylish song with dark beats, the girls come clean about their secrets...
5) Bugaboo: 10/10: didn't get the recognition it deserved as a single. one of the stand-out tracks on the album. great 'spiky' beats, too.
6) Temptation: 9/10: ultra-slick and super-sexy, slow r'n'b songs are rarely done better.
7) Now That She's Gone: 7/10: A decent enough song, doesn't stand up well to the rest though.
8) Where'd You Go: 8/10: Fabulous, the most pop-orientated song on the album.
9) Hey Ladies: 5/10: The worst song on the album, but not a disaster. Sounds too cluttered and too in your face.
10) If You Leave (feat. Next): 10/10: Classy duet, with Next being more than a match for DC.
11) Jumpin Jumpin: 8/10: based on the quality of the album, this wasn't the best song to choose to be released, but a good r'n'b club anthem.
12) Say My Name: 10/10: first single after the line-up change. spectacular, deservedly became a massive hit for the girls. Anthemic chorus.
13) She Can't Love You: 6/10: a slow-burner, but not the best.
14) Stay: 10/10: The stand-out ballad on the album, the girls sound amazing. A really powerful track, holds its own against the r'n'b songs easily.
15) Sweet Sixteen: 9/10: All about growing up too fast, a real kind of anthemic song.
16) Outro: 5/10: Dedicated to friend of the group Andretta Tillman. Those who like gospel will love it, others won't.
17) Get On The Bus: 8/10: Another unusual choice of single, this is like something from the second Missy Elliott album.
Overall, this album is an r'n'b masterpiece, the critics loved it, I love it, and I have yet to listen to an r'n'b album that has bettered this, although some (Jill Scott and Kelis) have come close. Pure modern r'n'b has never sounded better.
on 9 December 1999
WOW! WHAT AN ALBUM. THESE GIRLS HAVE GOT TO BE ONE OF THE BEST R'N B GROUPS OUT THERE. PREVIOUSLY TO ME PURCHASING THIS ALBUM I HAD ONLY HEARD A COUPLE OF SONGS, BUT WAS PLEASENTLY SURPRISED TO FIND OUT THAT THE WHOLE ALBUM WAS FULL OF QUALITY. TRACKS LIKE 'SAY MY NAME' ARE BRILLIANT AND MY PERSONNAL FAVOURITE THE BONUS TRACK, 'GET ON THE BUS'. TAKE CARE YOU TEXAN BEAUTIES, KEEP IT REAL!
on 30 November 1999
This Album is the BOMB! Big up destiny's child. The best tracks are bug-a-boo,say my name, jumpin' jumpin'well actually they are all the Bomb! along with them selves. I'd get jiggy to this any day.
on 25 June 2010
I bought this album a few years ago and it still sounded as funky as it did in 1999. This is definitely Destiny's Child's best album to date. The lyrics on every track are so meaningful but at the same time fun. Beyonce, Letoya, Latavia & Kelly's vocals are so amazing and strong on every track especially on 'Say My Name'.
This album is definitely a feel good fun album even though it is quite sad because this was Latavia and Letoya's last album with the group.
The top tracks are;
1. Say My Name
2. Jumpin' Jumpin'
3. Bug A Boo
4. Bills, Bills, Bills
5. Get On The Bus
For devoted R&B lovers this is a must have!!