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Songversation [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Back with Motown, India.Arie is rejuvenated for her fifth album, which follows a lengthy hiatus. A series of mishaps, combined with some dissatisfaction regarding the sound of her recordings, prompted the break. She even contemplated leaving the industry. However, only the most attentive listeners will hear a considerable difference between SongVersation and the Testimony albums. Largely a low-key, gently uplifting affair with a soft, warm glow, 11 of its 16 tracks are enhanced with assistance from several Turkish musicians -- including percussionists, horn players, an oudist, and the Istanbul Strings -- who were recorded at the studio of Sezen Aksu (one of the guests on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Back with Motown, India.Arie is rejuvenated for her fifth album, which follows a lengthy hiatus. A series of mishaps, combined with some dissatisfaction regarding the sound of her recordings, prompted the break. She even contemplated leaving the industry. However, only the most attentive listeners will hear a considerable difference between SongVersation and the Testimony albums. Largely a low-key, gently uplifting affair with a soft, warm glow, 11 of its 16 tracks are enhanced with assistance from several Turkish musicians -- including percussionists, horn players, an oudist, and the Istanbul Strings -- who were recorded at the studio of Sezen Aksu (one of the guests on Testimony, Vol. 2). Longtime co-producer and instrumentalist Shannon Sanders remains, while new associate David Ryan Harris (Dionne Farris, John Mayer) is another major factor. The album's upbeat tone is set with the driving "Just Do You," a career highlight boasting a chorus that recalls the pre-chorus of Michael Jackson's "Rock with You." Apart from certain accents from the Turkish musicians, none of the material will surprise anybody. Sweet, sighing, relaxed numbers like "Flowers" ("You're the moral compass directing me to light") and "Cocoa Butter" ("You are like cocoa butter on my heart") are among the most India.Arie-like songs laid down. Everything -- most exemplified by "Break the Shell," inspired by an encounter with Cicely Tyson -- transmits positivity, even when she admits that, as a woman "almost four decades in" with neither a lifelong partner nor children, she's unsure of her position in life. It's evident that Arie's in a good place, both creatively and personally, yet SongVersation is not about self-satisfaction. She has no trouble bringing her listeners along. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602537418121
  • Catalog Number: 001864202
  • Sales rank: 97,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Soulbird Intro (0:35)
  2. 2 Just Do You (3:12)
  3. 3 This Love (3:55)
  4. 4 Nothing That I Love More (2:53)
  5. 5 Flowers (3:55)
  6. 6 Cocoa Butter - Gramps Morgan (3:56)
  7. 7 Soulbird Interlude: Trombone (0:36)
  8. 8 Moved By You (4:50)
  9. 9 Life I Know (3:22)
  10. 10 Break the Shell (4:09)
  11. 11 Soulbird Rise (4:10)
  12. 12 Thy Will Be Done - Gramps Morgan (4:34)
  13. 13 Brothers' Keeper (3:42)
  14. 14 One (5:25)
  15. 15 Soulbird Outro: Clarinet (0:35)
  16. 16 I Am Light (3:52)
  17. 17 Soulbird Reprise: Ney (0:37)
  18. 18 Thank You (3:44)
  19. 19 6th Avenue (2:54)
  20. 20 Strange Fruit (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
India.Arie Primary Artist, Guitar
Michael Ruff Piano
Chris Bruce Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Catchings Cello
Bob Lewis Trombone, Trumpet
Sean Hurley Bass
Quinn Drums
David Ryan Harris Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Blue Miller Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Shannon Sanders Bass, Piano, Trumpet, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Carrie Bailey Violin
Mehmet Akatay Percussion
Okorie Johnson Violin, Cello
Dennis Hamm Keyboards
Özer Arkun Cello, Ney
Göksun Cavdar Bass, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Marcus Finney Drums
Dru Castro Musician
Serhan Yasdiman Guitar
LaTonya Peoples Violin, Cello
Anthony David Background Vocals
Julio Miranda Guitar
Idan Raichel Piano
Drew Bowman Bass
Yankele Segal Bass
Ametria Dock Background Vocals
Drew Ramsey Guitar, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar
Chantae Cann Background Vocals
Fatih Ahiskali Oud
Gramps Morgan Background Vocals
Joey Gonzales Percussion
Ozer Arkun Cello
Hasan Gözetlik Trombone, Trumpet
Mercy Myra Background Vocals
Khari Simmons Bass
Istanbul Strings Strings
Gilad Shmueli Percussion, Drums
J'on Simpson Background Vocals
Conelius "Slick" Barnes Background Vocals
Traneshia "Truth" Chiles Background Vocals
Rafet Alik Kanoon
Ozan Bayrasa Vocals
Nurcan Eren Vocals
Joseph "Steel" Miller Drums
Eyyup Hamis Ney
Technical Credits
Michael Ruff Composer, Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
David Ryan Harris Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Additional Production
S. "Husky" Hoskulds Engineer
Ty Macklin Programming, Producer, Engineer
James Waddell Engineer
Shannon Sanders Composer, Programming, Producer
Courtney Walter Art Direction
India.Arie Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Vocal Engineer
Lewis Allen Composer
Rob Skipworth Engineer
Dru Castro Producer, Engineer
Tom Storms Management
Greg Fuqua Engineer
Carol Corless Package Production
Michael Gregory Engineer
Phillana Williams Marketing
India Arie Simpson Composer
Kevin Dean Engineer
Elise Wright Marketing
Ozan Bayrasa Engineer
Keller Kahner Engineer
Scott Dean Engineer
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