India Arie - Testimony: Vol. 1 Life and Relationships - 2006 Neo Soul 2LP + Insert

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India Arie - Testimony: Vol. 1 Life & Relationships

Label: Motown
Cat#: noneB0019525-01
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country: US
First vinyl issue of album originally released in 2006.
Gatefold cover with double-sided insert containing credits and notes.
Released: 09 Dec 2013
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Neo Soul


A1 Intro: Loving 1:30
A2 These Eyes 4:31
A3 The Heart Of The Matter 5:15
A4 Good Mourning 5:28

B1 Private Party 3:52
B2 There's Hope 3:56
B3 Interlude: Living 1:23
B4 India'Song 5:27

C1 Wings Of Forgiveness 4:59
C2 Summer 3:14
C3 I Am Not My Hair 3:50
C4 Great Grandmother 0:35

D1 Better People 3:43
D2 Outro: Learning 1:32
D3 I Choose 3:45
D4 This Too Shall Pass 5:54

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown
Copyright (c) – Motown

2006 & © 2013 Motown Records, A Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Log onto an India.Arie lyrics page and you won't come away expecting an easy-breezy listen--here's an artist, remember, who made a name for herself by declaring her disdain for silicone and Cristal on her 2001 debut. What's consistently a revelation for new recruits to the Arie camp, then, is how good the music makes you feel. No matter how heavy the subject matter (and it still gets heavy--God surfaces in the first verse of "Intro," the prayerful opening song), she delivers it in such a way that it ends up feeling like homespun wisdom--accessible, cloudless, and heartening.

Testimony, no minor R&B/soul achievement, is full of such earth-mother moments: "The Heart of the Matter," a cover of the Don Henley song, is what a hug might sound like if it were music; "There's Hope" reminds tunefully that you don't have to pay to smile ("You better thank God for that"); "Private Party" points up the benefits of getting naked before a mirror and liking what you see (impossible as that sounds, it'll seem less so after listening); and "I Am Not My Hair," a sexy thumper featuring Akon, celebrates not the hair, not the skin, but "the soul that lives within." Musically, "Testament" is a testament to the benefits of branching out; in addition to gospel and hip-hop, you'll also find country and pure pop forays here. All of it works, and works wondrously.

Arie may be the Oprah of the music world: she's spiritual, she's got her head screwed on straight, and whatever she touches turns to gold. Or at least it ought to.

India.Arie - I Am Not My Hair


India is a gifted artist -- What makes any song she sings more beautiful, is that she sings it from her heart; with an honesty and understanding that comes from living life with her heart open. Stronger in the broken places and more beautiful for the lessons learned.

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India Arie - Heart of the matter

"The Heart of the Matter" is one of the most under-rated yet hauntingly beautiful pop songs ever written.

India Arie takes on Don Henley, with wonderful results! The set's got a spare, syncopated groove that's nice and laidback -- the sort of soft-stepping rhythm that lets India's vocals open up and really do their thing -- transforming the tune tremendously, and taking it far.

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India Arie - Wings Of Forgiveness

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India Arie - Better People

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Condition New
Format 2LP