Kindred the Family Soul seems to be well on their way to becoming this generation’s version of Ashford & Simpson. They attempt to solidify their place in music with their fourth album, Love Has No Recession.
The album kicks off with the first installment of “Above Water.” The three-part series features spoken word poetry by Philly poets Ursula Rucker, Co Co Brown and Rich Medina.
Raheem DeVaughn joins Kindred as they provide gripping social commentary on “We All Will Know.” They sing, “It’s spiraling out of control, what’s gonna happen when the cops force control? And every man for himself got a gun so God bless our soul, when that day comes we all will know.”
However, the duo is at their best when showing the power of love through their music. “Sticking With You” is a testament of staying in love years after the honeymoon stage of the relationship,” “2 Words” finds the couple making up after an argument,” and “Love Has No Recession” proves that human love is more valuable than any form of currency.
The duo also experiments with different genres and eras of music. “Authentically You” is reminiscent of the Motown sound of the 1960s, they take on Washington, D.C.’s go-go movement on “Going to the Go-Go,” and Snoop Dogg adds a hip-hop touch on the single “You Got Love.”
Love Has No Recession superbly represents Philly’s neo-soul sound. It’s also a timeless opus that will satisfy fans who crave thought-provoking music and inspiring love songs. –amir shaw