No, the Samoan-born Katina brothers haven't turned in a collection of
island fare. Known for blending urban, hip-hop, pop, and R&B styles,
the Katinas address all of their diverse musical influences on
Roots. This projects gets off to an uncharacteristically
slick start, with opening tracks "Are you Ready," "Freedom," and
"Come Back to Love" bearing a glossy pop sound and smooth -- some might
say bland -- sensibility. But it's in the spare strains of "Faithfully"
that Roots finds its emotional core. Featuring Tommy Sims
(co-writer of Eric Clapton's hit "Change the World"), the beautiful
vocal performance and layered production resonates with restrained
power as the song delivers its message of love and thanksgiving.
Though Roots heads in a decidedly more adult-pop direction than
previous efforts, there's still plenty to delight here.