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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
As did their Philadelphia soul sister Jill Scott with her breakthrough 2000 debut, married duo Kindred the Family Soul arrive on the contemporary R&B scene like a much-needed breath of fresh air with Surrender to Love. What Scott did for black women, Kindred husband and wife Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon aim to do for the loving black family, surely an underserved sector of the urban music market. Their wedded bliss and romance-filled lyrics will likely draw comparisons between them and legendary lovers Ashford & Simpson. But Kindred, anchored by a rousing 11-piece-band, are equally informed by the energy and spirit of '70s soul acts such as Earth, Wind, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
As did their Philadelphia soul sister Jill Scott with her breakthrough 2000 debut, married duo Kindred the Family Soul arrive on the contemporary R&B scene like a much-needed breath of fresh air with Surrender to Love. What Scott did for black women, Kindred husband and wife Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon aim to do for the loving black family, surely an underserved sector of the urban music market. Their wedded bliss and romance-filled lyrics will likely draw comparisons between them and legendary lovers Ashford & Simpson. But Kindred, anchored by a rousing 11-piece-band, are equally informed by the energy and spirit of '70s soul acts such as Earth, Wind, & Fire and Rufus. Known for their church revival–like shows, the duo give listeners a taste of their live vibe on the funky call for equality "Don't Wanna Suffer" and the horn-infused jam "Party's Over," featuring rapper Flo Brown. Throughout Surrender to Love, Dantzler whose style is reminiscent of Teddy Pendergrass and Graydon a virtual ringer for Scott sing convincingly -- as parents of two -- about the challenges and splendor of family life. Mellower highlights include lounge-set songs such as "Far Away," "Rhythm of Life," and "We." On the latter, a string-laden track featuring poet Ursula Rucker, Kindred sing in unison: "We is a beautiful thing / You and me is a beautiful thing." And in a society where black family structure is often portrayed as nonexistent, Kindred's touching testament to love is vital. However, these soul mates will inspire all couples, regardless of race, to Surrender to Love.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Philadelphia's Kindred the Family Soul -- aka Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon -- are a married duo that fronts a ten-piece band and plays some of the most inspiring melds of soul, R&B, hip-hop, funk, pop, smooth jazz, and soft rock. Surrender to Love is the act's debut full length -- an EP appeared during the previous summer to critical and club acclaim. The quality in all of these self-penned titles is astonishing given what passes for soul these days. One can hear the fine, sweet, emotionally and musically true inspiration of Womack & Womack, Ashford & Simpson, Roberta Flack, and Donny Hathaway here, but also the nu-soul grooves of Fertile Ground, Julie Dexter, and YahZarah as well. The shifting jazzy guitars in "Rhythm of Life," as they wind their way around the syncopated vocals, both as exchanged lines between the pair and as a chorus with a hi-hat and rim-shotting snare, make for a gorgeous midtempo groover that crosses the slick jazzy sophistication of Steely Dan with the soul grit of Lauryn Hill and Freda Payne. The album's first single, with its sweet yet spare washes of strings, subtly shaded guitars, and Dantzler's sweet and in-the-pocket tenor phrasing, is a plea for respite from the grimness of urban life. When Graydon hits the chorus and slides in a filler tag, the cut opens up, and when her verse begins, the listener understands that this is a love song above all, and as lovers plead for transcendence with one another, the listener is moved deeply into their wish for deliverance. There are 18 tracks here, and not a one of them is filler. Each moment of Surrender to Love is saturated in both accessibility and integrity. Soul music is far from dead if one listens to Kindred and their peers; they make the argument that no matter how gritty, how grim the circumstance, the struggle is not without merit. Give a listen to "We," with its manifesto of home in a slow-tempo poetic groove. Other standouts -- even though it's tough to choose -- are "What Happens Now," "Contentment" with its Tuck & Patti airiness, the anthemic "Spread the Word" with its Latin percussion-drenched funk that is equal parts Sly Stone, Ray Barretto, and War, the swinging, jazzed out "If I," which could have been sung by Monday Michiru, and the overdriven hip-hopping funk of "Party's Over." There's a hidden bonus track after cut 18 so don't take it off prematurely. This is as impressive a debut as one is likely to encounter in 2003. A mindblower.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Hidden Beach
  • UPC: 696998649125
  • Catalog Number: 86491

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ryva (0:38)
  2. 2 Surrender to Love (4:31)
  3. 3 Rhythm of Life (6:10)
  4. 4 Far Away (4:17)
  5. 5 Weather the Storm (4:51)
  6. 6 We (3:45)
  7. 7 Stars (5:09)
  8. 8 I Am - Jazmine Sullivan (4:51)
  9. 9 Family Song (Reprise) (1:22)
  10. 10 What Happens Now (4:18)
  11. 11 Meant to Be (4:24)
  12. 12 Contentment (3:59)
  13. 13 Spread the Word (5:45)
  14. 14 If I (4:55)
  15. 15 Entertain the Peoplez (Interlude) (0:07)
  16. 16 Don't Wanna Suffer (Carbon Copy) (3:00)
  17. 17 Party's Over (4:04)
  18. 18 Freedom (2:50)
  19. 19 Clap Your Hands (Interlude) (0:04)
  20. 20 [Untitled Track] (0:04)
  21. 21 [Untitled Track] (0:05)
  22. 22 [Untitled Track] (0:05)
  23. 23 [Untitled Track] (0:04)
  24. 24 [Untitled Track] (0:04)
  25. 25 Rhythm of Life (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kindred the Family Soul Primary Artist
Yvonne Gage Background Vocals
Davis A. Barnett Viola
Poogie Bell Drums
Randy Bowland Guitar
Doc Gibbs Percussion
Larry Gold Cello
Vivian Green Background Vocals
Keith Henderson Guitar
Richard Patterson Bass
James Poyser Percussion, Keyboards
Lil John Roberts Drums
Paul Wertico Percussion
Darren Robinson Drums
Anthony Bell fender rhodes
Fatin Dantzler Vocals, Background Vocals
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Andre Harris fender rhodes
Ivan Dupée fender rhodes
Arlynne Page Background Vocals
Damen Bennett Flute
Thaddeus T. Tribbett Bass
Jill Scott Vocals
Richie Fudoli Flute
Bilal Vocals
Junius Bervine Keyboards
Jeff Bradshaw Trombone
Matt Cappy Trumpet
Shawn Hibbler Drums
Tomi Popovic Guitar Effects
Carol Riddick Vocals
Kareem Wells Cymbals
Aja Graydon Vocals, Group Member
Daud Elbakara Trumpet
Omar Edwards Keyboards
Curtis Chambers Guitar
Jermaine Childs Bass
Ben Johnson Drums
Jazmine Sullivan Vocals, Background Vocals
Elise Perry Keyboards
Technical Credits
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Dave Ivory Producer, Engineer
Steve McKeever Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Richard Patterson Horn Arrangements
James Poyser Producer, Instrumentation
Jon Smeltz Engineer
Mike Tarsia Engineer
Anthony Bell Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Instrumentation
Ursula Rucker Poetry
King Britt Programming, Producer, Remixing
Fatin Dantzler Art Direction
Andre Harris Producer
Ivan Dupée Programming, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
88-Keys Producer
Vidal Davis Producer
Thornell Jones Art Direction
Kindred the Family Soul Producer
Jeff Bradshaw Horn Arrangements
Shawn Hibbler Programming
Gus Rickette drum programming
Jacob Robinson Engineer
Aja Graydon Art Direction
Michael Attardi Engineer
Charles Whitfield Administration
Frank Sutton Engineer
Elise Perry Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Soul!!!!

    This album is funky, sexy, and slamming! If you have heard the likes of Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo, then you have got to check out Kindred the Family Soul. In addition to the soulful lyrics of their songs, they also have a band that won't quit (if you're into live bands). This is a must in any REAL music lover's library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love and Positivity

    I bought this album because I'd read an article about them and got interested. They are on the same label as Jill Scott. The album is all about their love and respect for each other. All songs speak of positivity, family, warmth and togetherness. The plight of our world today is also a topic. All in all is very good first album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A long time in the making!

    This is a modern soul album. Forget contemporary R&B acts trying to sound "old school." This is the real deal. There is remarkable musicianship and artistry at work. Usually I am a snob about music but this album gets better with every listen. It will still sound good in 10 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THIS CD

    I heard this group at the Essence Music Festival July 2002. They opened for Musiq Soulchild at the House of Blues. They are outstanding. Their chemistry leaps off stage into the soul of the audience. Not since Nick and Valerie have we been blessed with such a soulful union. Run, don't walk to your nearest record store and purchase Surrender to Love.

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