Danity Kane is reunited, and it feels so, wait…where’s D. Woods and Aundrea? When I first heard that DK planned to release a new album, DK3, the televised band breakup immediately came to mind. Back in 2008, while filming the final season of Making the Band 4, the group was in disarray over a number of episodes. On the October 14, 2008 season finale, it was announced that member Audrey O’Day was being thrown out of the group. It was an executive decision by the band’s manager, P. Diddy. Then, after defending Audrey’s honor, Waunita “D. Woods” Woogett had to hit the road as well.
Returning to give it another try are three members, Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex, and Aubrey O’Day. The album begins with “Rhythm of Love,” an upbeat testimony to a love addiction. Greeted by O’Day’s familiar voice, followed by Shannon Bex and a pre-chorus with Dawn Richard written all over it, this track was the perfect way to reintroduce Danity Kane to their fans.
In song two, “Lemonade,” the band relives their slick urban moments like that of 2006’s “Show Stopper.” The lively production includes a sample of Clipse’s “Grindin,” which makes the song easy to dance to. Adding to the inner-city feel of the track, Dawn opens with a pretty sick rap verse. Also, if you listen closely to the melody, they take a spin at Janet Jackson’s “Doesn’t Matter,” and they do it quite well. In the song, they sing “Ooh, these haters got a sour a** look upon their face / Lemonade, lemonade / Lemonade, lemonade.”
With cluttered sounds of perfect harmony, a heavy snare drum and auto-tune effects, “All in a Day’s Work” is a very creative number. Danity Kane makes this comeback thing, “look easy,” as they say in the song. Next, a melodious pop piano leads Dawn’s sensual, alto voice in “Rage.” In contrast with the song’s title, the sound is mild tempered and only heightens in mood when the chorus is being sung.
“Tell Me” is a track that thrives in its melody and lyrical content. In the song, the ladies sing, “I don’t pay attention to my rear view / Heard all of the rumor / and what have you / Steady thinking that they really know you / But they don’t / they don’t.” Each vocalist has a part to sing, and you get the full experience of each member as an individual artist. This is something that would have been impossible if the other two members were still in the picture.
The songs “Two Sides” and “Secret Lover” are both tracks that play up the band’s true vocal abilities. When singing popular music, talents can often be overshadowed by the bells and whistles it takes to make a song sell. These mid-tempo tracks put Danity Kane’s range and ability to hit perfect pitch on display. When the album slows down in “Roulette,” it speeds up the heartbeat at the same time. This sexy song includes echoing vocals and a pop chorus that is just splendid.
Led by band member Shannon, “Pieces” is an R’n’B heartbreak ode. The lyrics say, “It’s midnight / I’m riding around / My own world / Me and my girl / Meeting some friends, getting it in / Just when a call comes through.” These words from verse one are perfect story-telling lyrics that bring the song to life and allow you to picture the situation the band sings about.
“Bye Baby” is the final song in the album, which, like “Lemonade,” takes a stab at an old R’n’B favorite. This time, by borrowing melody and lyrics from Jennifer Lopez’ “If You Had My Love.” In the song, the words are slightly altered but very recognizable. The lyrics say, “If It told you love was blind / And it wasn’t worth my time / Would you still love me?” By reversing the message in Lopez’ words, Danity Kane created an impressive new tune.
The album’s overall sound is very diverse and commercial. Though it doesn’t exactly fit the R’n’B genre it’s listed under, the urban lyrics and brilliant engineering make a definitive sound for the collective, which I choose to call “Urban Pop.” Danity Kane’s DK3 is a great album that’s simply an inevitable result of one of this year’s biggest music comebacks.