The greatest legacy of classic Soul and R&B is it’s rebirth in the current generation of artists like Erin Boheme, Joss Stone, AmyWinehouse. and now… Kendra Morris. On August 28th, Kendra will release her new album, “Banshee” on the Wax Poetics, Inc. record label. ”Banshee” will be available in CD, vinyl, and MP3 formats. With a voice that is part Jill Scott, part Macy Gray, and enough soul to “tear the roof off the sucka” (Parliament fans, you feel me don’t you?), this album is sizzling. Both lyrically and musically solid, there’s nothing to complain about here.
I can hear the influence of her contemporaries and giants like Chaka Khan on songs like, “If You Didn’t Go,” (one of my favorites incidentally), that feature a powerful delivery on Kendra’s leads, and slick overdub vocal harmonies.
Some brilliant production work went into “Banshee”, which also includes key elements you’d hear if you unraveled a Motown hit like an apple — bit by bit. You’d get vibes like in “Baby Love” by the Supremes, and guitar and keyboard playing like the musicians really understand that it’s not how many notes you play, but whether you play just the right ones. The bass playing is exceptional, and the overall sound of this CD is world class soul. The live drums are an excellent and welcome addition, covering the musical breaks and fills well. “Banshee” gives an to answer the legacies of the past with new promise for tomorrow, and her name is Kendra Morris.