Destiny's Child

8 Days Of Christmas

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They won fans and influenced people with their dynamic, off-kilter vocal calisthenics, glam girl beauty, and bootylicious curves, but somewhere between their ever-present strong woman anthems, "Independent Women, Pt. 1" and "Survivor," Destiny's Child began to grate on the collective nerves of radio listeners everywhere. With four albums under their Gucci belts in just five years, a sign that DC's recently announced "break" is much needed is their inexplicably sub-par holiday disc, 8 Days of Christmas, which sounds as if it were halfheartedly thrown together over a long weekend. Over-singing, off-key over cookie-cutter tracks, Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle butcher holiday classics such as "White Christmas" and the stocking overstuffed "A DC Christmas Medley" of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/Jingle Bells/Frosty the Snowman/Have a Holly Jolly Christmas/Deck the Halls/Here Comes Santa Claus." And the girls don't shine any brighter on Beyonce-penned originals such as the insipid title track, on which Queen B brags, "On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me the keys to a CLK Mercedes." No wonder DC shortened their holiday season by four days -- their beaus would've been flat broke by the twelfth day. The disc's only saving grace is the catchy reworking of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas." If you must have DC under your 2001 Christmas tree, pick up the trio's Hasbro dolls instead. They're just as lifelike as 8 Days of Christmas, but way less irritating.

(December 11, 2001)

(Posted: Dec, 12 2001)




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