Title - 'Danity Kane' (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
Artist - Danity Kane
Despite being better than your "average TV gimmick", DANITY KANE doesn't quite have the Destiny's Child vibe, but they do have enough sexiness to deliver a nice debut, which should easily compete with newfound platinum Pussycat Dolls. The album opens up strong enough with "One Shot" though it isn't a number that knocks you dead; you might even hope that one of the mega hits from the album was placed there instead. The uptempo "Heartbreaker" isn't the "saviour" to the ok "One Shot" ,but it is a nice uptempo track that would do well in the clubs if nothing else. "Want It" also isn't stellar, but it isn't bad and is only average at the very least. Again, "Right Now", the fourth track is in the same boat; it doesn't truly inspire, but it is a fine enough track.
The true hits of the album start with first single and the inescpable "Show Stopper", which should be a bigger radio hit than what it is. Sure, it entered the Billboard Hot 100 at 17 and peaked a week later at #8, but that was based upon downloads as opposed to a huge amount of airplay. It is a great choice for a first single and the cameo by Young Joc suits this track well too. A series of more "filler tracks" bombards the middle half of the track which includes two interludes, and the mediocre "Ooh Ahh" and "Press Pause". Steam picks up with the brilliant Bryan-Michael Cox produced "Ride For You", among my favorites on the show. A pleasant surprise follows through the well produced, fun "Touching My Body", one of the ultimate guilty pleasures on the album. Sure the last two "official" tracks "Back Up" and "Stay With Me" are fine, but not great. The true "showstopper" here is the exceptional Scott Storch helmed "Sleep On It", an instant classic that makes you keep hitting the back track button to play it over and over.
Overall, production here is fine, though it doesn't necessarily standout compared to some better production jobs in some instances such as the virtuostic work on Cassie's CASSIE or more recently the exceptional work on Beyonce's lauded B'DAY. However, stands out like "Ride For You", "Showstopper", and the great "Sleep On It" are production masterpieces and strong, strong tracks. I can't say that I was overly impressed by DANITY KANE, but I do think that if these girls are promoted right, they could stay in the business for a while competing right against the great Pussycat Dolls.