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The Ashford & Simpson of neo-soul, Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon, aka Kindred the Family Soul, continue their ongoing autobiography in song with their second album, In This Life Together, its title borrowed from a dual memoir by the husband-and-wife acting and activist team of Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis, who is quoted and name-checked in "The Quote Interlude." Typical of neo-soul recordings, the music, provided by a succession of multi-instrumentalist composer/producers Yameen, Dinky Bingham, Boy Genius, Kristin Price, Chuck Treece, Easy Mo Be, Elise Perry, Anthony Bell, etc., is mid-tempo, synthesizer-and-drum-programming-driven approximations of 1970s ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Ashford & Simpson of neo-soul, Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon, aka Kindred the Family Soul, continue their ongoing autobiography in song with their second album, In This Life Together, its title borrowed from a dual memoir by the husband-and-wife acting and activist team of Ruby Dee and the late Ossie Davis, who is quoted and name-checked in "The Quote Interlude." Typical of neo-soul recordings, the music, provided by a succession of multi-instrumentalist composer/producers Yameen, Dinky Bingham, Boy Genius, Kristin Price, Chuck Treece, Easy Mo Be, Elise Perry, Anthony Bell, etc., is mid-tempo, synthesizer-and-drum-programming-driven approximations of 1970s soul in the manner of Marvin Gaye and Sly & the Family Stone, tricked out with contemporary hip-hop elements, including a couple of unnecessary guest raps. Over the tracks, Dantzler and Graydon improvise singsong melodies and intone repetitive hooks, but what really matters is not the music, it's the message. The couple are unabashedly autobiographical; you can't get through the first real song, "Thru Love," without knowing how many children they have and what their sexes are a son and two daughters, and by the final track, "Bed Time Story," you're being informed, "Aquil has started a new school, and oooh he's doing well." Such details, however, only serve to make their material universal. In contrast to most urban music and most pop music in general, the subjects here do not concern new love or love gone wrong, they are about the love continuing in a real, committed relationship, that of a contemporary, working-class African-American couple. That love faces many challenges -- the word "stress" turns up in no less than four songs post-traumatic on one occasion, and "pressure" and "struggle" are repeated, too. Even in a mutual love song like "Thru Love," the singers pause to ask, "Still, who says it's gonna last forever?" But this is more than just couples therapy set to music. "Sneak a Freak" addresses the possibilities of intimacy sandwiched in between all of life's responsibilities; "Woman First" is Graydon's reflection on how her husband's love helps her get through daily strife "Ever since I had the babies, I just don't feel the same"; and "Message to Marvin" is an update on Gaye's "What's Going On," with the chorus, "What the hell is going on?" There are also songs of faith "As of Yet" and reflections on parents "Struggle No More," which oddly contains a verse contributed and sung by India.Arie that is a complete non sequitur. In other words, the collection presents a full-scale portrait of life for a loving, struggling, contemporary couple with three kids trying to keep things together, a life not that different from most people's. That is actually a refreshing perspective to find expressed in popular music, and one a wide audience should be able to identify with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 827969651223
  • Catalog Number: 96512

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Kindred (Intro) (1:04)
  2. 2 Thru Love (4:03)
  3. 3 Turn It Up - Archie Eversoul (3:12)
  4. 4 Do You Remember (4:08)
  5. 5 Where Would I Be (The Question) (4:46)
  6. 6 Woman First (4:05)
  7. 7 Let It All Go (4:08)
  8. 8 Sneak a Freak (3:44)
  9. 9 Message to Marvin (3:44)
  10. 10 The Quote (Interlude) (0:26)
  11. 11 As of Yet (3:19)
  12. 12 Aja's Mom (Interlude) (0:33)
  13. 13 Struggle No More (3:33)
  14. 14 Who's Gonna Comfort You (Definition) (3:32)
  15. 15 My Time (5:09)
  16. 16 In This Life Together (3:41)
  17. 17 Husband My Daddy (Interlude) (0:16)
  18. 18 Bed Time Story (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kindred the Family Soul Primary Artist
Chuck Treece Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Dinky Bingham Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Julian Brown Drums
James Poyser Piano
Anthony Bell Multi Instruments
Tracy Carter Organ, Multi Instruments, fender rhodes
Fatin Dantzler Vocals
Richard Tucker Guitar
Jill Scott Shouts
India.Arie Vocals
Grecco Buratto Guitar
Aja Graydon Vocals
Daud Elbakara Trumpet
Adam Blackstone Bass
Jarrett Miles Trumpet
Jermaine Miles Trombone
Archie Eversoul Track Performer
Conley "Tone" Whitfield Bass, Guitar
Radji Mateen Saxophone, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Chuck Treece Producer
Ossie Davis Composer
Ruby Dee Composer
Dinky Bingham Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Vocal Producer
Julian Brown Producer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
M. Lewis Composer
Steve McKeever Executive Producer
J.J. Nix Composer
E.V. Perry Composer
Anthony Bell Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tracy Carter Producer
Fatin Dantzler Composer, Executive Producer
Richard Tucker Producer
R. David Tucker Composer
T.K. Carter Composer
R. Tyson Composer
Richard Furch Digital Editing
Kindred the Family Soul Audio Production
Aja Graydon Composer, Executive Producer
Steve McKie Producer, drum programming
Conley "Tone" Whitfield Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where is the Love

    It's good to hear about true love and relationship and the issues around them. This is truly a good album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kindred is special!

    This CD is refreshing. I love the fact that they are married and they talk about marriage,kids, and just the importance of family values. This is so needed in an era where everything degrades women and the idea of relationships period. Shout Out to Kindred.

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