Most of what can be said about Destiny’s Child’s sophomore effort can be summed up in a few simple words—independent, strong, and deeply expressive.
Songs like “Bills, Bills, Bills” strongly declare a women’s right to what is hers asserting that any man who comes along to wreck that is in trouble. Musically, there is not much difference between The Writing’s on the Wall and many other R&B records out there. There seems to be a formula which is being strictly followed by many artists today. Destiny’s Child is no exception. While the beats and basslines are tightly composed and the lyrics flow well with the music, there seems to be little variation between this record and likes of groups such as 702.
That said, the album possesses a nice blend of ballads and club/dancehall tracks that prevent the boredom factor from setting in. In fact, listening to it gives a girl a nice feeling of empowerment and independence. However, when compared to many acts of today, it is a little difficult to differentiate. Of course, one should follow the maxim “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but, it would be nice to see something radical come out of the R&B world once in a while.
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