When it comes to Bad Boy Records these days, it seems that Puffy Combs doesn’t give a damn. He’s screwed over any remaining artists he’s had (Faith, 112, Carl Thomas, etc) and put his concentration into things other than music. If you think I’m hating — take a listen to Danity Kane.
Yes, Yes, The Making The Band 3 group should be given a chance as this is their first album. Cassie can ride that excuse, but even she knows that it’s her package and not really the quality of her music. Considering this album has sold more than Cassie’s, I figured it has to be good. After a few songs, I’m convinced Diddy got all copies of Danity Kane’s debut album to give the illusion of success.
The members of the reality-show created group (D. Woods, Aubrey, Dawn, Shannon and Aundrea) are your average good looking bunch. When they get in the studio however, you can hardly tell one singer from the other. Like Cassie’s album, it also doesn’t know exactly what it wants to be. It tries to be ghetto pop ("Show Stopper," Touching My Body"), regular pop ("Press Pause," "Stay With Me") and dance pop ("Back Up," "Ooh Ahh"). The genre jumping would have been fine if their voices actually changed. Perhaps they could have taken a cue from Faith Evans, who at least switched from R&B to jazz at one point with “Santa Baby” from her last Christmas album.
I understand new groups have no control over their sound and the songs they choose. I also understand you can’t choose your team when you first get discovered; all you are looking for is to get out there. Cassie rode that excuse and thought it would work in her live performances and interviews – she was wrong. She not only showed she was “new,” but that she wasn’t an artist who could give the appearance of making the songs in the first place.
From what I’ve read, Danity Kane’s personality and performances have been much better received than Cassie’s has. Being as such, they will most likely get a second chance. I just wish for the love of god that people with power like Diddy would just come up with some lyrics, not merely copy words from the schoolyard and make them songs.