In this quick-to-categorize industry, husband-and-wife duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are already being touted by some as the next Ashford & Simpson (Womack & Womack, too), as they also si

In this quick-to-categorize industry, husband-and-wife duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are already being touted by some as the next Ashford & Simpson (Womack & Womack, too), as they also sing and write, drawing inspiration from their relationship. But given this solid debut, they deserve to be judged on their own merit. Harking back to the good old days of live music, Dantzler and Graydon are the vocal front for their tight, 10-piece band, which soulfully struts its way around every groove, whether it's R&B, soul, rap, jazz, folk, or classic rock. Giving voice to life-hued lyrics, Dantzler and Graydon's smooth, taut vocal interplay underscores the strength of their personal union. That "we are family" aura shines on the midtempo "Rhythm of Life," feel-good single "Far Away," "Stars," and "We" (featuring Ursula Rucker). Do yourself a favor and spend some quality time with this family.—GM

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