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The Best You Never Heard: Destiny’s Child Special (Part 1)

Published: Friday 25th Jan 2013 by Sam

With the release of new Destiny’s Child compilation ‘Love Songs’ drawing nearer, this week’s The Best You Never Heard celebrates the legacy of the iconic chart-toppers.

Featuring picks from the TGJ editorial team, part 1 of this two-tier special sees us spotlight an array of gems from DC’s various solo offerings. Remember, as ever, we want to know who YOU felt chose the best song! Let us know below…

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Beyonce – ‘Be With You’

A calculated continuation from King B’s work with Destiny’s Child, sensual groove ‘Be With You’ serves as a stand-out offering from her 2003 solo debut ‘Dangerously In Love’. Breezy cool and chill in nature, the cut sits comfortably in the underrated slower section of the LP.

With its verses based around The Brother Johnson‘s ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ and its chorus an interpolation of Bootsy Collins’ ‘I’d Rather Be With You’, the gem was written by Ms. Knowles and produced by none other than Rich Harrison, also renown as the man who gifted her her first solo classic ‘Crazy In Love’.

The mellow number is complemented by the then-21 year old’s gorgeous vocal performance. Starting off seductively, she almost coos for the first half of the track before blossoming into Sasha midway through; concluding with what can only be described as an ad-lib festival.

Although Bey has seen her status soar over the years, reaching heights even artists twice her age never could, one thing has remained concurrent. She has never turned her back on the very band, experience, and most importantly sound that had put her on the map in the first place. Destiny’s Child. {JOE}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”wsvxMVKnlY4″]

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Kelly Rowland – Better Without You

Criminally underrated, Kelly Rowland’s sophomore album ‘Ms. Kelly’ is the home of many a “coulda, woulda, shoulda” hit. Indeed, the 2007 set boasted a number of solid songs beyond sole smash ‘Like This’.

Case, point ‘Better Without You’.

The stirring ballad blends influences from the likes of Brandy and Sade, while showcasing the richness embedded in Rowland’s middle and lower registers.

More than anything, it’s the song’s uplifting and universally accessible message that resonates most. Stellar track. {SAM}

LISTEN:  [audiotube id=”Euok11aLWPs”]

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Michelle Williams – Change The World

After the first announcement that Destiny’s Child was breaking up to pursue solo interests, the Pop/R&B trio took three very different paths into the “music-sphere”.  While Kelly Rowland boarded the Pop train, Beyonce looked to cruise R&B waters.  The most unexpected transition, however, came in the form of a full gospel album from Michelle Williams – 2002’s ‘Heart To Yours’.
Showcasing her criminally overlooked range, most of the tunes featured a refreshing take on Gospel music and delivered a fusion of Williams’ loves – R&B and Gospel.  However, the most radio friendly tune on the album, which went on to be the year’s top Gospel seller, was the bass heavy ‘Change the World’.
A slow-groove featuring slick harmonies and a mellow vocal performance, ‘Change’ makes it hard to decide whether to bob your head or break into a chilled praise session.  Easily posing potential to spin side-by-side with R&B cuts of the year, this gem is one of many oft-missed by the underrated songstress.  Press ‘Play’ to see what we mean. {RASHAD}
LISTEN: [audiotube id=”xwbt3m8JleA”]
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LeToya Luckett – Obvious

Following the “drama” which saw original member LeToya Luckett depart the group in 2000, few could have predicted the Platinum colored success that she’d achieve solo six years later.

An underdog if there was ever one, the Houston native hit #1 with debut ‘LeToya’ in 2006. And while much of that feat is attributable to her DC following as well as break-out hit ‘Torn’, the album itself packed many a gem – one of brightest shining being ‘Obvious’.

Produced by piano-ballad maestro Brian Michael Cox, the song packs with it much vocal conviction, really driving home of the narrative of love gone wrong. Soaked in pain and heartache, Lady Love’s delivery on the bridge and final chorus are sublime.

Bring on album number 3…please! {DAVID}

LISTEN: [audiotube id=”ADA25qZH8uI”]
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Whose Pick Was Best This Week?!

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Destiny’s Child’s ‘Love Songs’ hits stores on January 29th and includes the newly recorded ‘Nuclear’.

Click here to pre-order!

 

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  1. Monstarebel (F** BOY) January 25, 2013

    I love Letoya Luckett i think she’s super underrated her lady love album is one of the best R&B albums out there IMO

    • The Scammer’s Child January 25, 2013

      Beyonce so last decade..like your toilet old seat!!!!

      😛 😛 😛

      • Haters Gon Hate… January 25, 2013

        lol.shutup no she isnt

    • One Of The Scammer’s Child Caught LipSynching January 25, 2013

      They are so last decade..like their stans overused tampons!

      ***Throw it…flush it***

      🙂

      • Buy Her A Gold Coffin January 25, 2013

        Worldwide embarrassment named Beyonce!

      • Flopppp January 25, 2013

        Page Six revealed earlier this week that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem to a version of the song she recorded with the US Marine Band at President Obama’s second inauguration in DC.

        The performer skipped town immediately to New Orleans where she’s rehearsing for the Super Bowl.

        Following the intense backlash, spies saw her shopping on Claiborne Street in the French Quarter looking unhappy.

        Hhahahahahahahahahahahahaahahaa…

      • Push These B****** To The Public Toilet January 25, 2013

        H*** THAT FLOP TOGETHER… DESPERATE TO MAKE A COME BACK TOGETHER

        SIT DOWN MAMMAS….YOUR TIME IS UP !!!!!

        🙂

    • Monstarebel (F** BOY) January 25, 2013

      ^^ WOW YALL DOING THE MOST ^^

      • FLOPPPPPPP LIKE YOUR LIPSYNCHING TRAGEDY January 25, 2013

        THE NEW SINGLE IS CALLED….. ‘FLOP LIPSYNCHING JANUARY’ FEAT. JAY-Z & OBAMA

        😉

  2. Alex January 25, 2013

    I’ve heard Kelly Rowland’s ‘Better Without You’ before and I absolutely love it. I like Michelle’s ‘Change The World’ too! I’m not feeling LeToya’s song, and what on earth is that monstrosity from Beyonce :S

  3. THE HIVE January 25, 2013

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
    THEM (BEYONCE, KELLY & MICHELLE)
    I HAVE TO GO WITH “SAM’S” PICK THOUGH LOVE THAT SONG KELLY..

    NEXT ROUND NEEDS TO BE:

    BEYONCE: THAT’S WHY YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL
    KELLY ROWLAND: FLASHBACK
    MICHELLE: AMAZING LOVE OR DIDN’T KNOW OR UNEXPECTED
    LATOYA: I NEED A U

  4. ERIN January 25, 2013

    BEYONCE WAS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO THOSE OTHER CHICKS IN THE GROUP.

    • One Of The Scammer’s Child Caught LipSynching January 25, 2013

      Beyonce so last decade..like your overused tampon !!!!

      😀 😀 😀

      • HATERS LOVE BEY January 25, 2013

        Your comment is so last decade.

      • Sip That Truth Tea B**** January 25, 2013

        your nickname is such a scam just like Beyonce !!!

  5. ERIN January 25, 2013

    LOOK AT THIS VIDEO! BABY LOVES THE QUEEN!

  6. The Scammer’s Child Is Back January 25, 2013

    So last decade..maybe they should marry with Apes…………. like Bey does !!!!

    😛

    • KELLY January 25, 2013

      Queen Beyonce is getting all the controversial headlines Rihanna desperately craves.

      Remixes and Collaborations, nude pics and weed pics like its #NoBodysBusiness but its actually #NoOneCares

  7. KELLY January 25, 2013

    Queen Beyonce is getting all the controversial headlines Rihanna desperately craves.

    Remixes and Collaborations, nude pics and weed pics like its #NoBodysBusiness but its actually #NoOneCares

    YoFaveExpired

  8. Buy Her A Gold Coffin January 25, 2013

    Worldwide embarrassment named Beyonce

    🙁

  9. JJFan1990 January 25, 2013

    Include Beyonce’s national anthem on part 2. #oop #triedit #yasssss #lipsynch

    • Push These B****** To The Public Toilet January 25, 2013

      😛 😛 😛

    • Now Thats Funny January 25, 2013

      Worldwide embarrassment named Beyonce will go Bubbling Under Hot 100

      LOL

  10. MC FAN January 25, 2013

    change the world be michelle got me through so many hard times, love that girl..change the world, dont let the world change you.

  11. FLOPPPPPPP LIKE YOUR LIPSYNCHING TRAGEDY January 25, 2013

    Papa Knowles Lipsynching Team……… is back, yaaaassssssss !!!!!

  12. H** Sit Down!! _/ _/ January 25, 2013

    i love toya that is all

  13. JuanR January 25, 2013

    Michelle Williams talks DESTINY CHILD rumors and Superbowl

  14. EdwardPonton January 25, 2013

    Man Better without you a great ass song.

    • SnatchYoMan08 January 25, 2013

  15. MUSICHEAD January 25, 2013

    Gotta go with Joe on this one. Be With You is still my favorite song from that album. Kelly’s Better Without You is a close 2nd.

    Michelle’s Hungover or Til The End Of The World would have been better songs to include here. Both are bangers for real!

    While we’re at it, let’s throw Solonge in there. Valentine’s Day is my favorite song by her.

  16. Truth January 25, 2013

    Majority rule-

    Better Without You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Kat Deluna *Pop Princess* January 25, 2013

    I KNOW BEYFAKE & KELLY FLOPLAND BUT WHO ARE THE OTHER TWO B******??

    • Sharon January 25, 2013

      Please tell me something first…
      Who is Kat Deluna?

  18. Kat Deluna *Pop Princess* January 25, 2013

    R.I.P. S*** HIVE

  19. Petra January 25, 2013

    Y’all said dc is old and bey is fake fine but why are yall first to comment stating your hatred for people who probably doesnt know tgj exist. If u dont like bey or anyone why do u stay in line for their post on a blog its just so pathetic

  20. King B>Rihanna January 25, 2013

    Definitely gonna pick Be Without You be Beyonce I mean I groove to that track maybe the most of any album track than anything else but I love LeToya first two albums especially “Lady Love”*goes on play She Ain’t Got S*** on Me*
    I think that Beyonce and LeToya made the best work as solo artist.Kelly and Michelle and however else are just alright solo but definitely made better artist in the groups.

  21. TM January 25, 2013

    I feel that all four are successful in their own way! And they love each other alot! So all you so call fans need to show support to all four of them! They are sisters and I’m sure they don’t appericate the negative comments!!!

    • Sharon January 25, 2013

      you go girl!

  22. SlayDeleAdkins January 25, 2013

    Kelly Rowland – Love from Ms Kelly!! That is a f****** tunnneeee!!!!! <3

  23. soulmusiclover January 25, 2013

    be with you is my jam since 2004!

  24. Jonathan Gardner January 25, 2013

    Great picks!

    Heart to Yours has much more interesting listens like the title track itself, the duet with Mary Mary “So Glad”, the thumping “Rock with Me” and Michelle’s amazing vocaql on “You Care for Me”

  25. stan January 25, 2013

    michelle’s “you care for me” or “purpose in your storm” would’ve been a better song to include here.

  26. cocobutta January 25, 2013

    LeToya my pick out of these lot.
    Almost went for Kelly but NO ONE can do BRANDY voice styles like Bran herself

  27. antertain January 26, 2013

    Obvious definitely should have been a single. From that album.
    All Eyes on Me was a hot song also

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