Title - 'Love Songs' (Columbia/Legacy)
Artist - Destiny's Child
Generally known for their dance floor pop and R&B anthems, Destiny's Child demonstrate their equally compelling command of contemporary torch songs and ballads throughout Love Songs.
Comprised mainly of romantic gems recorded between 1997 and 2004, Love Songs also features 'Nuclear,' the first new Destiny's Child recording since 2004.
The album kicks-off with some old cracklin' vinyl sounds before 'Cater 2 U' comes forth. That is followed by some gentle flamenco guitar strokes and the beautiful 'Killing Time,' which is itself backed by both 'Second Nature' and the sultry 'Heaven,' sung by Kelly Rowland.
The DC trend of perfection-within-sound continues with 'Now That She's Gone,' and continues on with the luscious storytelling of 'Brown Eyes' and then the cute 'If.' But the best song, for my money on this album is the simply-fantastic 'Emotion,' a song that just takes you to that old-school DC level of quality listening.
The upbeat, faster paced 'If You Leave' (featuring Next) is, well, next, and is followed by 'T-Shirt,' a sexy song that comes complete with whips! The soulful vibe of 'Temptation' is next, with the slow-funk of 'Say My Name (Timbaland Remix)' along next. The album of love songs then comes to a close with the run of the mill 'Love' and then the gentle bounce/flow of their first new recording as a group in nine years, 'Nuclear.'