Local CD review

Galaxy: A Memoir 2001-2010
Dexter Kendrick’s stars aligned during the production of Galaxy: A Memoir 2001-2010, making it one of the best current albums in the area.

The Harrisburg-based singer/songwriter uses otherworldly references to give his music depth. Self-proclaimed aliens (Lil Wayne) and space cowboys (Jay Kay from 90s group Jamiroquai) have succeeded with this left-of-center approach. Kendrick does, too. He explained why he named some of the titles  “Saturn’s Moon (Janus) and “Galaxy:” “Not only am I a musician, I am also a student and practitioner of astrology for almost 10 years,” he said. “With the deep wisdom and insight [astrology] has offered me, I think it was inevitable that titles such as those would manifest in my musical workings.

But Galaxy isn’t just a solid album because of the singer’s penchant for astrology. The warm, neo-soul production and Kendrick’s buttery vocals (think Big Bub from the late 80s group Today) also play a role. And the album is mature yet relevant to the Chris Brown demographic. “Life is such that/I feel like a stranger in my hometown/This is the lowdown,” he admits on “Journey Home.”

The melodic breakup songs “Goodbye” and “Time” help anchor the album’s airtight production. But Kendrick still creates good music when he’s questing for love. The baby-making “Rapture” and surreal-sounding “Need Love ” justify that. On “Need Love,” the song’s producer uses a clever technique in which a sound is recorded backward then played forward onto the track.  The producers also sample gems from A Tribe Called Quest (“The Calling”) and Roy Ayers (“Hope”).

Did you write all the songs on your album?
I wrote and co-wrote on all the songs on this album.

Are your lyrics from personal experiences?
Many of my lyrics are from personal experiences, and some are from the experiences of others that have inspired me.

Who produced your album? 
Some very talented producers and deeply respected colleagues in this music game:  Kevin “Gripp” Gripper, Dennis “Aganee” Jenkins, Fred Graves and Geovanni “Nu Era” Green, to name a few.

What do you hope people gain from your album?
I hope it’s the best 58-minute ride my listeners have had in a long time—LOL.  Seriously though, the treasures alive in this project cannot be spoken, only experienced.

Who are your favorite local artists? 
My ultimate favorite local artist is my close friend, muse and business partner Lei Row.  Together, she and I form Polarity Music Group, and both of our musical careers have been a long time in the making.  There is much work before words attach to beats and form song.  Also, I recently heard a copy of W.O.P.’s Work Over Pleasure, and I have gained a newfound respect for the hip-hop movement in the Harrisburg area.

Who are your favorite national recording artists? 
Carl Thomas; Chaka Khan; Willie Hutch; Earth, Wind, & Fire; War, Eddie Kendricks; Teena Marie, the list goes on and on.

What do you think about the quality of today’s urban music? 
I think all genres of music are in a state of transition right now.  Life is movement and change, so we can’t expect things to remain the same forever.  I love some of today’s urban music, especially Drake’s hip-hop/soul fusion on “Find Your Love.”

How far do you plan on taking your music career? 
I come from a family of musicians, with each generation taking their craft further than the previous one.  I find that I’m at peace when I’m in alignment with this legacy.  My seatbelt is fastened, and I’m ready for where this path leads me.

2 Responses to “Local CD review”

  1. 1 Dexter Kendrick October 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Go to cdbaby.com to preview and purchase the cd now!


    Dexter Kendrick

  2. 2 Lei Row October 5, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    “Galaxy: A Memoir” is NOT your ordinary soulful album…you will find everything you been missing in R&B/SOUL music…right in there!!! “POLARITY MUSIC TEAM” IS ON THE RISE!!! 🙂

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