Every time we hear the name Danity Kane, out of habit we reach for the popcorn. As far as girl bands go, they’re pretty much the benchmark for how badly things can go wrong, from the initial split to the reunion as a three-piece, and then another split before an album from said reunion has even released. Quite frankly, the only thing more entertaining would be a six-strong Sugababes reunion on Jeremy Kyle.
It’d all be quite amusing if DK3 wasn’t a pretty good swansong. Whether it’s the opening thump of Saturdays-shaming Rhythm of Love, or the glorious “here’s to the haters” rip-up of Lemonade, Danity Kane sound more alive as a trio than ever before. The harmonies sound effortless – you can practically picture the shoulder brush when they sing about making it look easy on All In A Day’s Work – and there’s zero reflection of discord in the music.
As with other albums, DK3 works when the girls are playing power-minx (like on Tell Me); strangely, after quite a solid first half, the album descends into slumber-party pop from Rage onwards. It’s salvaged somewhat by the fitting final track, Bye Baby, which brings with it a note of sadness as it ends. Danity Kane clearly still have a lot to offer us so, girls, a message: sort your shit out before we call Oprah to intervene. Ya heard.