Pam and Dodi fuse r&b,
gospel on debut album
Cougar Entertainment Staff
Pam and Dodi
New singing duo Pam and Dodi has a sound
reminiscent of the contemporary gospel singing group Mary Mary. Made up
of friends Pam Taylor and Audra
"Dodi" Alexandar from Michigan, this new
music group is part of the growing trend of young singers with hip-hop,
pop and dance-influenced beats with a
down-home, back to church, gospel-inspired
Photo courtesy of MCA Records
Pam and Dodi combine r&b,
hip-hop and gospel music in their self-titled debut release. The duo has
sung background vocals for the group Mary Mary and the Grammy award-winning
artist Yolanda Adams.
As backup singers for gospel singing greats
such as the Clark Sisters, and with influences from Yolanda Adams to Stevie
Wonder, Pam and Dodi are
stepping out on their own with their self-titled
Pam and Dodi contains 12 inspiring and
encouraging tracks that are produced by such hit-makers as Darren Lighty
and DJ Eddie F, formerly of Heavy D
and the Boyz.
The only complaint concerning the album
that a fan of classic gospel music may have is that the positive message
is sometimes mixed with seemingly
secular topics. Nonetheless, Pam and Dodi
provides listeners with a spirited message and beautifully blended voices
that are soothing and assuring.
The first single, "Don't Have," is accompanied
by alto affirmations that through God's grace and guidance, anything is
possible. On the other hand, some of
the lyrics sample Destiny's Child's "Bills,
Bills, Bills," but they differ with the reference that God will provide.
"What's Wrong" is an inspirational song
that anyone can relate to. It also caters to the emotions of the average
college student and offers its listeners a
sense of understanding. Accompanied by
a steady bass, "What's Wrong" displays the duo's powerful voices and range.
Other easy-listeners include "Nobody,"
featuring brothers K-Ci and JoJo, "Bounce" and "There All the Time," a
song that lends itself to classic gospel music.
Fans of contemporary gospel singers such
as Adams, Mary Mary and CeCe Winans, as well as those who enjoy a positive
message accompanied by
r&b-inspired beats, will enjoy this
duo's message and sound.
-- Dionne Victor
Daily Cougar Staff
"He is the one/Who likes all our pretty
songs/And he likes to sing along/And he likes to shoot his gun," Nirvana's
Kurt Cobain intones on "In Bloom." The
irony is, of course, that "In Bloom" is
one of Nirvana's catchiest, most sing-along-happy songs.
The same tongue-in-cheek knowledge of its
own infectiousness characterizes "One Hit Wonder," the second track on
Keller Williams' latest album Laugh.
Both songs are critical of the stereotypical
head-bobbing pop song, and both know that the best way to express their
contempt is through emulating the
cheery beats they're denouncing.
Williams' own work is the opposite -- a
tapestry of musical aptitude, with piano, trombone, flute, mandolin and
fiddle all eventually taking a back seat to
Williams' brilliant guitar work.
And while "One Hit Wonder" is most certainly
catchy, its appeal is woven from a thorough knowledge of music, not from
a thorough knowledge of the lowest
The album, Williams' sixth, is playful
and mellow, full of cheery beats and intricately woven sounds. Fans of
guitar virtuosos like Martin Sexton will love
Williams' ingenious work, especially on
the instantly appealing "Mental Instra" (get it?) and "Bob Rules," a sweet
tale about "the voice of an angel that
belonged to Rod Roddy," among other things.
Williams has an ability to jam seemingly
endlessly without being repetitive, a talent many so-called "jam bands"
would do well to emulate.
Laugh is an apt title for an album like
this one, on which lyrics, musical artistry and, yes, catchiness combine
to create a sound that can't help but make the
-- Ellen Simonson
Daily Cougar Staff
Enhanced, LLC Records
Austin is the city Texans fondly think
of as the heart of talented artists and musicians in the Lone Star State.
The fact that it has bred quite a large number of
bands that "make it" is proof.
A new sound is stirring in the wind of
the alternative city that promises to make a mark throughout the country.
Endochine, an alternative rock quartet,
finds its roots in Austin and its feet moving throughout Texas and parts
of Louisiana as it begins its tour in hopes of
getting its name and music out.
After recently releasing their debut album
i, Endochine members are looking forward to playing more shows since they
have only been doing live
performances for a little over a year.
The album contains several mellow songs
that flow with the hypnotic power of Radiohead, yet hint at something a
little more classic like the Beatles or Led
With very clear vocals, a steady even-paced
bass line and drumming and melodic guitar riffs, Endochine has produced
an album that can be liked by many
and unconsciously enjoyed by all.
Though some songs become a little repetitive,
it is the first track that stands out. "Overjoyed," a song with smooth
instrument overlapping and a stream of
resonant melodies, is beautifully articulated
and enhanced by its unmistakable alternative-rock guitar riffs.
Endochine will be in Houston at the Satellite
Lounge on Jan. 31.
-- Shiley Carter
Daily Cougar Staff