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Enjoy the Ride by Kloud 9

Kloud 9 has a real handle on smooth. Their hooks are contagious, the lead vocals are, as usual, rich and crisp, and the backing vocals are super-tight with strong harmonies. The mellow, effortlessly flowing vocals so complement the melodic compositions that they pen. Listening to velvety cuts like "Never Give It Up" and "I’m Calling You" contrast nicely with tunes like "All That Matters," a lively up-tempo piece that features some really cool and expressive sax work by Donald Hayes and the punchy, funky "Grateful," which features Kendall Duffie’s own hot synth work. There are also hook-rich cuts like "Can’t Hold This Love" featuring the satiny vocals of Tamara Jones.

In listening to the Duffies, you find it as no surprise that the duo has worked with Kirk Whalum and has close ties to the legendary Maysa Leak. Such company can only lead to the highest of precise productions, even if only via inspiration.

This album simply bolsters Kloud 9’s bragging rights as one of the purest up-and-coming talents around. Those who hear this work will agree that this duo is more than deserving of the mainstream limelight. I feel that I can almost guarantee that they will capture the ears and hearts of all who experience them. Go ahead. If this will be your first time listening, do yourself that favor.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kloud 9
  • CD Title: Enjoy the Ride
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2008
  • Record Label: Expansion Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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