Danity Kane: Better Off Alone? (Review)

Danity Kane
Of all the girl groups who have made it big in the music industry in the 21st century, Danity Kane has their own, special kind of swan song. The reality girl group, which includes members Audrey O’Day, Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex, D.Woods and Andrea Fimbres, won over viewers and their boss, Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, with their charisma, beauty, talent and drive to make a rise to the top of the competition. All appeared well until success seemed to have changed the relationship between the girls. Played out on their hit show, the girls seemed to still be in competition with each other, and inner turmoils and issues with the boss caused a split.

As each member went on to pursue solo careers, they reached moderate success. Shortly after the split, all but one came back together to continue their reign as one of the top-selling female groups and to give fans the album they were waiting for, DK3. Unfortunately, this time around, Danity Kane was probably better off alone than delivering a disconjointed, but fun, project.

Danity KaneWhen the news first broke that the four members were getting back together, fans should have known that something was not right. Already, drama was brewing again between the five girls as D.Woods took to the blogs and Internet to blast the girls for not inviting her back. Following the backlash in the news against the reunion, the group’s debatably strongest vocalist, Andrea Fimbres, decided to give up touring for a much quieter life as a wife and stepmom. It seemed that Fimbres knew something which fans had yet to witness. The final bout came when members Dawn Richard and Aubrey O’Day got into a physical altercation. The reunion was over before it really took off and the girls were solo artists once again. The more-than-six years apart, wounds and grudges that still resided between them are clearly heard throughout DK3.

There is no denying that Danity Kane members Shannon Bex, Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard can sing. Their ability to command listeners’ attention with each note is one of Danity Kane’s strongest suits, but the harmony is no longer there. The first couple tracks are mediocre at best. Rhythm of Love is a catchy dance ballad that easily would have been in heavy DJ rotation during their heyday atop the pop charts in 2004. The following Tyga-assisted Lemonade was actually a buzzworthy track that could have found a top ten placement on the urban/hip-hop charts. Very reminiscent of their first hit, Show Stopper, the girls taunt haters and boast confidence as they chant to the sour-faced non-believers over the Clipse-sampled beat. Though corny, the rock anthem Rage finds the members playing around in the studio. The tracks are silly pop and show the girls have not lost that quirky quality.

Danity KaneThough Danity Kane still seems to be missing the cohesion that they lost in years apart, they find harmony towards the middle of DK3. The ballad Tell Me More is a synth-assisted, electro bedroom-knocker that incorporates all the sexy that these vixens have grown into. Leading into Two Sides and rock-influenced All in a Day’s Work, the ladies clearly find their confidence and embrace their sexy with these two female anthems. The strategically placed Bye Baby closes out the project and serves as both a break-up tune and a goodbye to long-standing fans.

With DK3, the ladies were still getting into the swing of being in a group again. Danity Kane spent a bit of time alone and the reunion seemed to come to them as much of a surprise as fans. The project is a rocky mix of pop and urban, with some rock, and the girls seem to find trouble finding balance. Synonymous with their career, just when things start to come together and harmonize, it ends.


Opinion By Tyler Cole

Sources:

The Boom Box

LA Times

Dope Avenue

 

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