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Survivor

Destiny's Child

2001

Survivor

Album Summary

Survivor is the third studio album by American girl group Destiny's Child. It was released on May 1st, 2001, by Columbia Records. The album features production by lead singer Beyoncé Knowles and J.R. Rotem, with additional production from Poke & Tone, Cory Rooney and Mark J. Feist. Four singles were released from the album: "Survivor", "Bootylicious", a cover of Samantha Sang's "Emotion", and "Nasty Girl". The album was a massive commercial success, debuting at number one in over fifteen countries across Europe, North America and other continents. In the United States, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 663,000 copies, the highest first-week sales figures of any female group in the SoundScan era, and stayed at number one for two consecutive weeks. It earned Destiny's Child two Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best R&B Album. Survivor was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 7, 2002. Billboard ranked Survivor at number 70 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade. The album has sold over 4.7 million copies in the United States[*] and over 10 million copies worldwide.

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Rating

2.88

Votes

470

Genres

  • Pop
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Like the missy elliott album I got, survivor is very emblematic of it’s time but it’s definitely much less dated than that album. Survivor still makes me feel like a bad bitch even though I’m a straight white man

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I know Beyonce is a big deal but I never actually heard her music. I guess it's the generation gap or maybe the younger generation has been dumbed down by technology, but there is not a lot of depth here. Apparently many people feel encouraged by the song Survivor, cancer survivors, etc. I am glad they have found some comfort with this. But the video is appalling, using sex to sell music. I wish that would go away!

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5

i'm survivor too

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5

Pretty good.

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4

Great and enjoyable pop/r&b album. Couple of big hits, couple of other higher tempo songs, albeit a bit too long

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4

The entire album is produced to perfection, the best sounding R&B with infectious rhythms and top class vocal performances by Beyonce and the entire group’s harmonies. The quality of the songs significantly dips in the second half, but overall, great album!

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4

Now here are the kind of albums I’m wanting to see on this list! Three bangers right out the gate and then a bunch of R/B greatness. Awesome album.

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4

Iconic.

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4

Bangers off the top. The later songs get a bit much but still a great listen

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4

First 3 songs are all A* pop songs. Expected the rest of the album to drop off a cliff but surprisingly it didn't and had some actually good tunes. It's a collection of individual songs rather than an album but on the other hand I feel this is where Beyonce's superstardom started and it does have a star is born feeling. I'm waffling as i'm hesitant to give this a 4 but on the power of the first 3 songs I'm gonna do it.

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3

Ehh it's pretty generic pop RnB. You get the gist pretty much halfway through. Probably about 20 minutes too long. 2.5/5

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3

Turn of the century pop classic this has one of the best three song starts of any pop album. Obviously the trio of ladies are fantastic singers belting out iconic track after iconic track.

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3

This was everywhere when it came out, I guess it was the beginning of the Cult of Beyonce. But it's just rnb pop music. It's not bad, not really that good either. Goes too long. 3/5.

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3

I was excited for this one. Then Nasty Girl came on and I was like woah. No. Not ok Bey. The singles were a bop though.

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3

No point after the first 3 songs

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3

There are a fair few undisputed bangers on here. The opening 15 mins is relentless pop gold. The warbling gets a bit much after that, but they keep it interesting with actual melodies. All goes a bit "Disney Movie Credits" at the end. Like a lot of these, could have done with being 15 mins shorter.

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3

3.25

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3.2

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Whoa, can't say I was expecting to see Destiny's Child on the list! Where it all started for Beyonce, her trio with Kelly Rowland and....that other girl (Michelle Williams, but I had to look it up). This is very definitely early '00s R&B/pop music, a style that's obviously dated, but there are some classic gems on here that still hit. And the rendition of the "Tarzan Boy" whooping on "Nasty Girl" was a pleasant surprise! Album started strong, but fizzled out for me. I had no idea, all these years, that Beyonce herself is involved in production on pretty much everything she does, including this album. Considering she's also a credited writer on every song, while Kelly and Michelle do not appear in many of the credits, it's no surprise she would eventually fly solo and become the superstar that she is today. Consider Destiny's Child to be her incubator. Favorite tracks: Independent Women Pt. 1, Survivor, Nasty Girl, Sexy Daddy (hilarious two titles there). Album art: Damn, this is also so dated to that era. The type of shot you'd see in a Backstreet Boys video or something. Undeniably goofy, but you can't be too surprised for what it is. 3/5

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3

Was ok

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3

Opens with some bangers but really the later half of this album doesn't offer much to me. 3.5

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3

First few tracks are great, but a lot of the rest of the album feels flat.

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3

Some absolute icons in here

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"Yes! I'm George, George McFly. You're my density..." Did you know this group's name came from the Lorraine and George (Leah Thompson and Crispin Glover) characters from in Back to the Future? The group, and Beyonce in particular, were big fans of the original Back to the Future film. The three original members (Beyoncé, Gina and Kelly) had intended to call themselves "Density's Child" but management decided against it. Infighting and disagreements with management eventually led to the group's breakup to get out of their contract. Efforts for the three to reform under the name 'The Flux Capacitors' faltered when it was discovered the name was already taken by a band in Sheboygan. This album was fine, best song by far is Beyonce's 'My Heard Still Beats' the thinly veiled ode the brief, but passionate love affair she had with Thomas F. Wilson, better known to some as Biff Tannen in the BTF trilogy.

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3

i also survived

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2

Oh please. Can't I listen to pop after I die? Not before. I can't bear this . It's music for simpletons.

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2

Three great singles, followed by 50 minutes of filler, including four minutes of a "thank you" track that ends up coming across as self-congratulatory. The filler wasn't terrible, but I was glad when it was over. I can understand why this album was eventually taken off the list. While it might have been successful at the time, there's nothing influential past track 3.

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2

2000-luvun naisten voimaannuttamisanthem, ihan hyvä, mut en saanu välttämättä yhtä paljon ku muut

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2

Joskus 20v sitten osa biiseistä "kosketti" jollain tavalla, mutta syy lienee ollut musavideoissa? Tällä kuuntelulla tuli kohtuullissen hämmentynyt olo, vaikka osassa biisesistä oli kyllä ihan menevät biitit. Ei ihan paskaa mutta ei kyllä jatkoonkaan mennä.

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Boring R&B for people whose only personality trait is saying "I'm not like the other girls" and then failing chemistry class. Did they sample Toad from Mario Kart 64 hitting a banana peel at around 3:50 in the song "Happy Face"?

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2

The opening trio of songs are nothing short of iconic. "Question" in the style of Independent Women has entered our everyday parlance. The first half is bold, confident, and uncompromising. This is great for a time, but grates quite quickly. Too loud, too verbose, too aggressive and too much wailing to be enjoyable. The mellower second half is much more listenable and provides a welcome break from the aural assault of the first half, but by that stage you're already defeated. A more varied track listing may have vastly improved this record. As individual tracks the main singles are classics and a lot of the other songs are reasonably good, but as an album it's all just a bit much. Rating: 2/5 Playlist track: Independent Women Pt. 1 Date listened: 21/07/22

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Independent Women, Pt. 1 is good. I expected to think similarly of Survivor and Bootylicious, but they are all chorus. The rest of the album is forgettable pop.

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Why did Charlie have three angels? Why not four, or even five? Is three the magic number, both in girl-powered detective agencies with mysterious benefactors as well as in R&B girl groups? Maybe more than three leads to instability or competition or something? But with every iteration of Charlie's Angels and most girl group trios, it seems they eventually go their separate ways and one member goes on to more success than the other two. Hopefully they always remember the role their two former partners had in their future success. With "Survivor" that even extends to Beyonce re-using "Dangerously in Love" in her solo career. Destiny's Child may have launched Beyonce into mega-stardom, but "Survivor" is a fairly unexceptional album. "Independent Women Part I" and "Survivor" get things off to a strong start, but the body positivity of "Bootylicious" is squandered by the super-judgey "Nasty Girl." So the messaging is a bit all over the place, but that's probably to be expected with over 20 credited songwriters. Alas, music made by committee is probably always going to be simultaneously formulaic and all-over-the-place. And when the committee churns out duds like "Apple Pie la Mode" and "Sexy Daddy," you imagine that Beyonce must be pretty glad she escaped the machine and got big enough to do what she wants, not what the Charlie-like voice on the other side of the speaker is telling her to.

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2

Wanted to like this one, but repetitive song structures, clunky lyrics, and an overall feeling of sameness (especially on the vocals) between the tracks made that difficult.

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1

Even as I come over to country a tiny bit, I think pop r&b will remain a genre I just have zero interest in unfortunately. This just does nothing for me.

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Best part is the guitar homage to Eye of the Tiger on Bootylicious. Other than that just wracked my brain to determine which auto-tuned keyboard song hurt my ears most. Brown Eyes was the one I finally landed on. That song seems like the soundtrack I would need if I took up full time inspiration porn on my Pinterest board. Happy Face was a very close second. I struggled to dislike one more than the other. The spoken word xian gospel lyrics were just salt in the wound.

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