Destiny’s Child
Nuclear
C+

Nuclear

C+
Destiny’s Child
Columbia


Out of the blue, in the midst of the headlines that Beyoncé would be headlining the Super Bowl halftime show, somewhat shocking news broke: A new Destiny’s Child single, the first since 2004, would be released as part of its upcoming greatest hits album, Love Songs.

It should be clear that “Nuclear,” the new song produced by Pharrell, is not meant to be a comeback track. Nonetheless, it’s the first DC song in eight years, and the expectations were high. Sadly, “Nuclear” can’t live up to them.

Pharrell provides the girls with a mid tempo, ’80s-synth-laden break-beat that sounds nothing like the fiery and melodic hits of the group’s past. The members sound like they’re holding something back, and the chorus is lazy and anticlimactic. It’s as if an occult hand took the Destiny’s Child of old and replaced it with three women who were too bored to stay in the studio long enough to make a quality song. The song itself isn’t bad in general terms, but this is Destiny’s Child after all, and the standards are higher — this is the group that’s sold over 50 million albums worldwide and revolutionized R&B/pop music.

If Destiny’s Child indeed makes a surprise full-length comeback, the group will have to do better than this.

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