Rolling Stone - 6/26/03, p.803 stars out of 5
- "...Imagine a modern-day Ashford and Simpson with real boho depth..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 9/03, p.1124 stars out of 5
- "...An album that is an alluring synthesis of soul, funk, jazz, gospel and even Afrobeat influences..."
Contains seven untitled hidden tracks following "Freedom".
Kindred The Family Soul: Fatin Dantzler, Aja Graydon (vocals, various instruments).
Additional personnel includes: Ursula Rucker (spoken vocals); James Poyser (various instruments); Doc Gibbs (percussion); King Britt (programming).
Producers include: Anthony Bell, Kindred The Family Soul, Elise Perry, David Ivory, Ivan Dupee.
From Frank Sinatra to Britney Spears, popular music's most visible figures have often represented Western culture's obsession with youth, physical beauty and the pursuit of short-term romance over committed monogamous relationships. Apparently hoping to reverse the trend, with SURRENDER TO LOVE Kindred The Family Soul delivers what may be the first modern mainstream album to so fully, genuinely. and unpretentiously embrace the concept of hearth, home and family. Using a spare, easy-flowing old school soul duet template of the type employed to great effect by Gaye/Terrel, Flack/Hathaway and Labelle/Womack, Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler sound less like a revival act than a classic thrift-shop find.
Lest one think that SURRENDER TO LOVE is a warm-and-fuzzy Christian-pop style affirmation of 7th HEAVEN-esque plastic perfection, Kindred The Family Soul isn't afraid to drag out the dirty laundry. Few albums celebrate and examine the completely unglamorous minutiae of daily life in such an affecting and creative manner. An amazingly substantive and accomplished debut, the disc serves as a challenge to all other artists to abandon the Hollywood banalities and get down to the nitty-gritty of making art.