Survivor - Destiny's Child

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. As contrived and calculated as a Mariah Carey record, only without the joy.
  2. The only real weakness on Survivor is the self-righteous tone creeping into the songs.
  3. 'Survivor' is brimful of staccato Timbaland skew-beats and a heroic disregard for the 'all-important' milkman whistleability factor. It is, quite frankly, nuts.
  4. 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.
  5. 90
    Survivor is relentlessly inventive in its recombinations. [Jul 2001, p.126]
  6. The divas' premature, but inevitable, growing-pains album.
  7. 80
    Aside from disposable ballads and the sappy "Perfect Man," Survivor blasts haters, child molesters, and "been-around-the-block-females," keeping the blood up as they whup ass. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.108]
  8. 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.
  9. It gets somewhat spotty when naughty numbers like "Bootylicious" and "Nasty Girl" swing against a praise-the-lord melody, and "DC-3" is little more than a self-referential pat on the back to friendship and success.
  10. 70
    On third album Survivor, the DC coming-out party, the song kind of remains the same: When the girls are on, this is the kind of surreally and subversively brilliant Top-40 music even the most jaded roll their windows up and blast; when they're not, it's a pretty bad day at the girl-band factory.
  11. Survivor is cute at best... The few good songs--the jittering, sing-along "Survivor," hypocritical "Nasty Girl," and a cappella "Gospel Medley"--leave 1997 Destiny's Child fans feeling cheated.
  12. 60
    Beyoncé's always been a capable singer, and she's grown even more so on Survivor. [June 2001, p.151]
  13. While Beyoncé is credited with co-writing and co-producing the entire album, merging the Destiny's Child camp with a stronger guiding hand (say, the Rodney Jerkins tribe) might've helped weed out the weaker material -- and kept the flame going throughout this uneven album.
  14. Destiny's Child vamps, stamps, and oozes its way through a set of sparely arranged showcases for its layered vocal weave...
  15. All fifteen tracks are one-dimensional disses and dismissals of scantily clad women, vengeful boyfriends, and the group's assorted doubters.
  16. 70
    Survivor is the type of record R&B and pop have been missing since the fade out of such modern predecessors En Vogue.
  17. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 9, 2013
    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. Full Review »
  2. EvanJ
    Jan 30, 2006
    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. Full Review »
  3. JamalB
    May 22, 2005
    This is the best album ever!