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Kendra Flowers - Soulo

Having aggressively toured the Boston scene for a number of months, Kendra Flowers recently settled into the studio for her solo debut, Soulo. Apparently, the studio fit her well, for aside from a few circular sticking points and overextensions, this is a mature and well-produced (by Matt Ellard, no less) first effort. Combining multiple influences and multiple voicings, Flowers paints musical motifs of maturing (“Turning The Page,” “Ocean”), acceptance (“Burden”) and difficult personalities (“I Don’t Like You Anymore,” “Narcissa”). Where “Page” and “Ocean” are reverberative and airy, “Don’t Like You” and “Clothesline Blues” are flat-pickingly pulsed and “Burden” takes chapters from both music books. “Clothesline” speaks authentically of loss in a contemporary blues style and ”Narcissa” closes the album with provocatively rhythmic sass. Even if she looks down at those who would promote themselves, Kendra’s music should do a good job in getting her name out there.

- Matthew S. Robinson
© 2000 M. S. Robinson, ARR


Kendra Flowers – Mix
(Unmastered Demo)

Discovered while painting a house in the back woods, Kendra Flowers pulls from a bluesy palette and an assortment of emotional brushes to create a variety of musical pictures. Chugging open with “Clothesline Blues” (a song she got so hung up on that she recorded it twice — with and without spare and distant backing vocals), Kendra scats over into the darker and smokier shades of “Fly On,” a simple song with some overly simple rhymes and high-end overreaches. “Narcissa” is a jazzy blues tumble with bite while “Into the Sunshine” is an easily spaced scatter with a bit of breath-taking lyrical congestion in the chorus. Kendra slithers into the upper upper registers in “Turning the Page” before diving back into the swirling storytelling effects of “The Ocean.” The halting chorus of “Burden” makes the song more aptly titled but its hard story is honest and well-composed. Kendra closes the album by asking the bitingly bluesy question “Why Can’t I” before answering with the final cut “I Just Don’t Like You Anymore.” Throughout the album, Kendra’s guitar work ranges from strong stabs to flowing falls. Overall, Flowers has a good set of pipes and a mixed bag of trusty rusty and gleaming new music skills. The secret to her success will be using her skills to allow her musical messages to flow more easily and more consistently.

- Matthew S. Robinson
© 2000 M. S. Robinson, ARR

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