In 2013, after years of solo singles and self-attained musical stardom, the Destiny’s Child reunion is now front and center. In advance of the R&B trio’s much-anticipated upcoming performance at this year’s Superbowl Halftime Show, they have released a new single, “Nuclear,” and announced that their new album Love Songs, their first release as a group in eight years, is now on the way.
When Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams decided to disband Destiny’s Child to pursue solo careers, many suspected that they would never attain the same success they did as a group. Kelly and Michelle couldn’t prosper without Bey. No one cares enough about each single lady because everyone cares about the trio much more. That kind of thing.
How wrong those opinions turned out to be. While Beyoncé’s star has certainly shone the brightest, all three have done very well for themselves. I’ve personally enjoyed all the solo albums these ladies have put out—which makes the Destiny’s Child reunion even sweeter. This is not a comeback of an R&B group who died off and fell out of public view; it’s a reunion of three stars with continued success as solo artists who are now are back together on one stage. The halftime show of Superbowl XLVII should be one for the books.
Produced by none other than Pharrell, “Nuclear” is built on a house beat that should be instantly recognizable to any longtime music aficionado. Once Beyoncé opens things up, we’re treated to soft vocals over this fast paced instrumental. Each lady serves up her interpretation of a love that is beyond typical emotions. The bond shared between these ladies and their significant others is strong, unbreakable and everlasting. But it’s also overwhelming, full of heat and simply too powerful. It is, in a word, nuclear.
The group sings sweetly as they recite their lyrics in a calm whisper. The house beat stays constant and the chorus rides it at just the right times. Michelle handles her middle break portion of the tune nicely, which picks up in volume and emotion. The background low-key audio is ever so sweet. All the elements of this R&B tune combine just right.
This song may not hit you on the first listen, but you’ll be humming it to yourself in the gym after your fourth playback. If “Nuclear” is a sign of the music to come on the new album, then color me excited.