Survivor

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: May 1, 2001
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. 'Survivor' is brimful of staccato Timbaland skew-beats and a heroic disregard for the 'all-important' milkman whistleability factor. It is, quite frankly, nuts.
  3. Destiny's Child vamps, stamps, and oozes its way through a set of sparely arranged showcases for its layered vocal weave...
  4. 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.
  5. 70
    Survivor is the type of record R&B and pop have been missing since the fade out of such modern predecessors En Vogue.
  6. The only real weakness on Survivor is the self-righteous tone creeping into the songs.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Blender
    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]
  10. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    The divas' premature, but inevitable, growing-pains album.
  11. Spin
    90
    Survivor is relentlessly inventive in its recombinations. [Jul 2001, p.126]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Nov 8, 2016
    8
    1. Independent Women Part I 5/5
    2. Survivor 4/5
    3. Bootylicious 4/5 4. Nasty Girl 3/5 5. Fancy 3/5 6. Apple Pie A La Mode 3/5 7.
    1. Independent Women Part I 5/5
    2. Survivor 4/5
    3. Bootylicious 4/5
    4. Nasty Girl 3/5
    5. Fancy 3/5
    6. Apple Pie A La Mode 3/5
    7. Sexy Daddy 4/5
    8. Independent Women Part II 3/5
    9. Happy Face 3/5
    10. Emotion 4/5
    11. Dangerously In Love 5/5
    12. Brown Eyes 4/5
    13. The Story Of Beauty 3/5
    14. Gospel Medley 3/5
    15. Outro (DC-3) Thank You 2/5
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  2. 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 moreSurvivor 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 »
  3. 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 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 »