Seductive soul sounds - Kindred the Family: Soul Surrender to Love

2006-03-29 18:17
Kindred the Family Soul blend uplifting old school soul and contemporary R&B with doses of street smart hip-hop, smooth jazz, and even funk rock inflections. This quiet simply dazzling listen is a much-needed antidote to the plethora of packaged R&B fodder that swamps the contemporary market.

Unlike so many one and a half hit single-driven albums, each individual track rewards - indeed requires - repeated listening. Mellifluous jazz guitars ("Rhythm of Life") and retro funk rhythms ("Surrender to Love") melt into yearning vocals that invest the slick supper club sophistication of say, Steely Dan, with the heartfelt street lyricism of a Jill Scott. On "Weather the Storm" sweet 'n spare string swathes, understated guitar hues and the yearning vocal interplay between Dantzler's Hathaway-esque soul croon and Gaynor's delicate Roberta Flack shimmer takes the "urban love jam" into engaging new emotional space.

The seduction is sealed on the spacious gospel-soul breeze of "What Happens Now" and "Contentment" with the rocking epic funk of "Spread the Word" and "Party's Over" providing an ideal aural counterfoil for the smouldering ballad "We" (featuring spoken word poet Ursula Rucker).

Reinvigorating the bittersweet blueprint of legendary husband/wife couplings such as Womack & Womack, Surrender to Love reminds contemporary listeners that when it comes to capturing life's fertile flavours, it doesn't get more spiritually uplifting than simply opening up your soul.

Fronted by married duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Gaynor, ten-piece urban soul ensemble Kindred the Family Soul deliver a bewitching many flavoured set of sonic moods.

Ticha 2007/11/06 9:37 AM
Intimate collection This is one of the best real recording ever made. I have a copy and I'm loving it to bits. This duo make music to sound like what it should, period.
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