Destiny’s Child: Nuclear

Posted January 14, 2013 by in



1/ 5


Genre: R&B, Urban Adult
Producer: Pharrell Williams
Writer: Pharrell Williams, Michelle Williams, James Fauntleroy II, Lonny Bereal
Label: Sony
Format: Digital download
Release Date: 29 January 2013


A Destiny's Child reunion, even if its just for four minutes


Too much of a sleeper to merit radio play

Beyoncé and the girls return with something to say “no, no, no” to

by J Matthew Cobb
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Beyoncé and the girls return with something to say “no, no, no” to

Babysitting isn’t the only thing preoccupying Beyoncé Knowles in the early rounds of 2013; she’s prepping for a big Super Bowl halftime show, a HBO documentary and even a brief reunion with Destiny’s Child. But don’t get too excited over the girl group return. It’s just another PR blitz added to the halftime show (hey, Beyonce’s solo shows aren’t near complete without “Independent Woman” and “Bug a Boo”).  But her label wants to add more sheen on the DC reunion by showering fans with a new album called Love Songs (cough, a compilation of previous tracks). “Nuclear,” the sole original, has been handpicked as the lead single. But trust me; it’s not worth jumpin’ jumpin’ for. Although the Pharrell Williams-produced track recycles a nice piece of ‘90’s hip-hop – something in the vein of Rob Baze or Lyn Collins’s “Think (About It), its lush laidback escapism seems lazy and hardly poppy. The girls take turns on the verses, while tossing out breathy harmonies that sound like a cool venture into acid jazz. But this is no Jamiroquai track and there’s nothing aboard here that outrivals their past catalog of hits. There simply isn’t enough aboard this affair to pay Kelly Rowland’s telephone bill or Michelle Williams’ automo bill. If I could take a hint from one of their old tunes: I don’t think this will do; so you and me are through.




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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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