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She’s no Beyoncé

Michelle Williams

Do You Know?

The sophomore jinx has struck once again, this time to Michelle Williams.

After a moderately successful first album, Williams’ second CD pales in comparison to other Destiny’s Child soloists Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland. While Knowles’s and Rowland’s solo careers have included hits with rapper boyfriends (Jay-Z and Nelly), Williams’ is a lot less hip-hop and a lot more gospel with a taste of salsa.

The entire CD seems to be a core of confusion wrapped in a beautiful voice with melodic tones. In some songs “she doesn’t care” if the guy even remembers her name, and in other songs she professes her undying love for someone (not sure who) and her continued devotion to God.

In all, she has an absolutely gorgeous voice, but most of the songs sound exactly the same. To quote Michelle: “I shoulda been a one-hit wonder, 15 minutes of fame.” This is true, but only as a soloist; within Destiny’s Child she adds much needed vocal support, but this genre is just not her style. However, if she keeps riding the Destiny wave, there is no telling how far this girl could go.

—Benjamin Mann



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