Picks and Pans Review: Do You Know

updated 03/15/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/15/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Michelle Williams

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Since Destiny's Child took a hiatus after releasing 2001's hit Survivor, Beyoncé Knowles isn't the only member of the R&B girl group who has been busy. Michelle Williams has starred on Broadway in the title role of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida and has released two solo gospel albums, Do You Know being the latest. While the disc won't win over as many fans as Beyoncé's solo smash Dangerously in Love, it shows that Williams has found her own niche as an inspirational artist. As with 2002's Heart to Yours, there is a contemporary R&B sound to these tracks that wouldn't be out of place on secular radio. The funky midtempo "The Movement," cowritten and coproduced by Beyoncé's younger sister Solange Knowles, has a hip-hop vibe, while glossy ballads like "The Way of Love" sound like they could be Destiny's Child slow jams. Still, though her raspy voice is pleasing, Williams lacks the presence and firepower of Beyoncé, who sings on the CD's closer "I Know." It's a previously unreleased Destiny's Child track that sets the stage for the trio's planned reunion to record a new disc later this year.


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