Why is Destiny’s Child’s The Writing’s On The Wall on my best 1,000 albums ever list?
You’re all I think about and everywhere I look, I know it’s bad, but we could be so good.
Some stats & info about Destiny’s Child – The Writing’s On The Wall
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? R&B, Pop Music
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – #291
- All Music’s rating – 4 out 5 stars
- When was The Writing’s On The Wall released? 1999
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #645 out of 1,000
Destiny’s Child’s The Writing’s On The Wall on Spotify
What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?
Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.
But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.
What does Destiny’s Child’s The Writing’s On The Wall mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?
This is the perfect example of an album that I wouldn’t ordinarily describe as my “thing,” and yet I found it exciting and fun and compelling every time I listened to it that it absolutely demanded a place on the best 1,000 albums ever.
Exhibit A, your honor: On “Bills, Bills, Bills,” first of all, throw a harpsichord into almost anything and I’m in, okay? And then add into exceptional production, great song construction, and gorgeous harmonizing from the at-the-time lineup of LaTavia Roberson, LeToya Luckett, Kelly Rowland, and future mega-star Beyoncé.
“Jumpin’, Jumpin’” has that “big” club sound that I don’t think really exists* these days, with a hook that you could imagine 50 Cent rocking. Instead, Destiny’s Child makes it their own, again lavishing great vocals while bringing enough edge and energy to get the venue bouncing.
* Truth be told, I wasn’t really hitting the club scene during that era… or ever. In my day (read that with Old Man Voice And/Or Energy if you’d like), I was more of a dive bar guy, which while I’d like to think my musical tastes have become fairly eclectic over the years, the best 1,000 albums ever list can in some ways attest to.
“Where’d You Go” slows things down in a way that’s most pleasing, while still generating a beat that pulses throughout the album.