Michelle Williams has put out 2 singles preceding this one, but “Say Yes” will be the one that anyone recognizes outside of her Gospel fans. Why? Because Beyonce’ and Kelly Rowland (who aren’t credited collectively as Destiny’s Child for a bevy of reasons, I’m sure) make appearances on the track AND in the video for her latest single.
The song itself is a melange of some probably old but new to the rest of the world African rhythm, some Gospel lyrics, a dry (VERY dry, maybe purposefully in order to not “outshine” her fellow singers?) contribution by Beyonce’ and a more spirited and genuine-sounding vocal by Kelly Rowland.
I’m neither here nor there about the song or video. It has that typical “let’s stand in front of the sunshine because it’s a Gospel video” shot, the requisite African dancers and whatnot, and the group shot of them all pretending to enjoy the song. There’s also a super covered up Beyonce’ (which I only point out because she lifted her hands and then you see the cut off jean shorts, LOL), and a shorter haired (pregnant?) Kelly Rowland. Michelle is the same in all her wiry unique-toned glory. It’s not bad. It’s not great. It’s just kind of “OK, this is alright.” I cannot say that I’d listen to this song again though, but I would love to hear what you all think!