Destiny Fulfilled



Beautiful harmonies, retro messages.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Disturbingly traditional male-female role models; wonderful girlfriend-power message too!

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Lots of innuendo, nothing explicit.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Destiny's Child has regrouped in the wake of the phenomenal solo success of one of its members, Beyonce Knowles.

What's the story?

A few years ago, Destiny's Child, the super-popular trio of gorgeous girls with gorgeous voices decided to go solo: Kelly Rowland had a moment of fame with \"Dilemma,\" her Nelly duet; Michelle Williams made a couple of Gospel albums; but the real success was Beyonce Knowles, who sold 4 million copies of her debut album and won five Grammy Awards. On DESTINY FULFILLED, the R&B girl group has regrouped. The CD begins with a female voice shouting \"Hit me!\" Meant metaphorically and musically, it's still jarring for a second, as the band rolls into \"Lose My Breath.\" Sadly, the retro male-female messages all over the CD don't offer many coping tools for young women in bad relationships. \"Soldier\" gamely tries for street credibility with lyrics like \"Better be street if he's looking at me.../known to carry big things if you know what I mean.\"

Is it any good?


Of course it's nice to hear these young women together again. Unfortunately, no new ground is broken in the lyrics on Destiny Fulfilled. Most of the songs are filled with overwrought lyrics about how far these ladies will go to please their men. A low point is "Cater2You" in which the ladies promise to "keep my hair fixed," "keep my figure right," and "roll over" if their men come home late and find them sleeping. It would have been nice for young listeners if there had been at least a hint of feminine empowerment in the songs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about friendship, loyalty, and girlfriends sticking together. It might be a good idea to discuss how the songs are not exactly empowering for girls.

Music details

Artist:Destiny's Child
Release date:November 15, 2004
Label:Sony Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 2, 2011


Pretty positive... Nothing TOO iffy :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bymc2004 April 9, 2008

Surprisingly Good CD

There's been a lot of negative buzz about this album. People say it's boring and ballad-filled. There are a lot of ballads, but they're good ones. I found this CD to be very pleasant, and I'll be sad if this really is DC's last disc. Although there are sexual refrences, they're old ones that we've heard milllions of times before. There is a strong girl power message here, especially on the nice song Girl.
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 February 17, 2009


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