Survivor - Destiny's Child
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. 90
    Survivor is relentlessly inventive in its recombinations. [Jul 2001, p.126]
  2. You can almost see the soul evaporating off this into nothing. But the good stuff struts through the sludge of the bad, and it's worth it.
  3. Destiny's Child vamps, stamps, and oozes its way through a set of sparely arranged showcases for its layered vocal weave...
  4. The only real weakness on Survivor is the self-righteous tone creeping into the songs.
  5. Clever rhythms, tricky harmonies and diverse musical reference points -- including the opening riff from Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" -- frequently distract from the lyrical shortcomings.
  6. 60
    Beyoncé's always been a capable singer, and she's grown even more so on Survivor. [June 2001, p.151]
  7. Even lineup changes and inter-group squabbling couldn't stop the trio's commercial winning streak, but a massive shot of independence just might. Brilliantly crafted songs from some of pop music's top songwriting ringers have played a key role in Destiny's Child's success, but Survivor finds frontwoman Beyoncé Knowles taking over the reins, co-writing and co-producing nearly every track.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. JamalB
    May 22, 2005
    10
    This is the best album ever!
  2. EricaJ.
    May 8, 2001
    10
    This album shows the maturity of the talented women of Destiny's Child. The album shows each members vocal abilities. Destiny's Child is surpassing the blond pop stage, and is giving there all with there records. They have fans literraly in awe on the new album. Make sure you pick up Survivor if you dont have it! Expand
  3. JYMYH
    May 18, 2001
    9
    Apart from the last 2 tracks (Gospel Medley & Outro), it's an outstanding album. Especially check out 'Happyface', a unique song that should put a big smile on everybody's face!!! Expand
  4. ZoeyV.
    Jul 16, 2002
    8
    U go girls keep rockin coz u all got the vocals 2 do whatever u want i adore all ya songs girlz so keep ~GROOVIN~
  5. Jan 9, 2013
    7
    Survivor delivered some smash hits like the title track and Bootylicious, but once again the rest of the album is just OK. The songs are more upbeat and catchy than those of their first two albums so it's probably their best. Expand
  6. EvanJ
    Jan 30, 2006
    7
    Survivor, Independant Women Pt. 1 and Bootylicious are the undeniable chart stopping hits that make this album. Overall though, this is not the type of album you would want to listen to in it's entirety. I am a fan, but Destiny Fulfilled (2004) despite all the criticism, and The Writing's On The Wall are much more accomplished albums. If only they the producers figured out the bad tracks and made the album more fluid, it could have been one of the best albums ever. But still lots of fun. Expand
  7. SethB.
    May 14, 2001
    4
    An O.K. offering. My problem is with their jump-on-whatever sounds-good themes: Bills, Bills, Bills or Independent Woman???? Pick an image, any image!! Expand

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