on 2 May 2003
Kindred are for sure the next big thing coming from Philly after Jill Scott, Bilal, Musiq or Vivian Green.
I listened to the first song of the album and i just surrendered to the freshness and the soulfulness of the 18 tracks of the album. There's a great deal of positive energy, creativity, warmth, sincerity in this opus.
The husband-and-wife duo, Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon, offer a journey in their everyday life as a couple and ordinary people. The lyrics are full of poetry and honesty, the voices incredibely soulful and they are supported by an admirable 10 pieces band. Surrender to Love is that kind of music that makes the weight of life seem lighter...
on 20 February 2004
The words 'the new Jill Scott' are sadly overused to describe pretenders to the throne of one of the most original artists of the decade. While Kindred are not the new Jill Scott, they capture the spirit of her music in way that Angie Stone, Vivian Green et al can't quite manage. From the same Hidden Beach stable, the soulful lyrics, tight backing and jazzy feel combine to make an album of exceptional diversity and quality. More than enough to keep Scott aficionados happy till the release of her new album this autumn...
on 26 June 2003
Kindred is the next big thing coming from Philly. just like Jill Scott, Bilal, Vivien Green or Musiq, this husband and wife duet sing some truly inpired soul. From their everyday life, their experience as a coupe, parents, they give some soulful tracks filled with sincerity and poetry. Backed by an awesome 10 pieces band, Kindred makes the kind of music that makes you want to believe in love again.
on 13 December 2014
Nothing to say, other than these two are my new superstars! Actually there's a lot to say, starting with: Where have I been to not know about Kindred? Although I definitely realised I'd heard at least a couple of the masterpieces on this album years ago - just not known who it was at the time. They are not image-driven, or a 'brand', but the combined talent of this husband and wife duo just seems endless. Every song is beautiful and heartfelt in its own way and - not wanting to have to use an often overused word - Soulful! I also found, for the amount of songs on the album, it didn't fall into 'samey-ness' where too many songs sound alike and uninspired, i.e. "fillers". By far the most intense tracks for me are Far Away (takes you far away) and If I (joy wrapped up in wistfulness), but there's truly nothing I don't really, really like. It's rare to get artists who can sing about the vulnerability, fragility, excitement, madness and even mundaneness of a true love - and life - relationship. Kindred can convey all this because they are totally genuine.
on 20 October 2003
When I first heard a few tracks off this album I must say I was truly impressed by the style and character of the songs.On purchasing this CD and playing its entirety, I was able to feel the love being generated from one partner to the other. This is a truly powerful, inspirational amd deep album that should be purchased by all, it is truly wonderful when you come across a trio who have so much love for one another. You go Guys!