Danity Kane, an all-female R&B group with sexy interchangeable parts, is a result of Sean Combs's latest experiment in staying relevant, the Making the Band reality show. They're surprisingly capable singers, and the tracks on their second album, Welcome to the Dollhouse, are pretty effective R&B/pop numbers with a strong roster of producers, such as Danja and the Dream. But ultimately the album is merely a reward for sitting through a season of reality-show high jinks.
Say what you will about Diddy’s manufactured Making the Band divas, there’s no denying that their glossy voices complement their album’s expensive production. But outside the confines of a hyperedited reality show — and the polished beats of, say, Nate ”Danja” Hills — who are Danity Kane, really? As on their self-titled 2006 debut, the group continues to show us precious little in the way of actual personality or soul. On one song after another, they sing about sex with all the feeling of fresh-from-the-factory mannequins.
Danity Kane exist in a strange netherworld of pop culture, where you either know everything about the prefabricated girl group or you know nothing about them. Despite debuting at the top of the Billboard charts with their eponymous 2006 debut, on its way to eventual platinum sales, the group didn't seem to make any impact outside of MTV, the place where their construction was meticulously, endlessly documented on the third season of Making the Band. Not all made-for-TV bands are doomed to be forever defined as television bands, but Danity Kane are the kind of stiff, faceless girl group whose personality can only be discerned by a venue other than the music.