Testimony, Vol. 1: Life and Relationship

Testimony, Vol. 1: Life and Relationship

by India.Arie
     
 

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On her third disc, neo-soul's reigning queen of positivity dives deeper into her emotional pool and emerges singing -- albeit briefly -- about pain and disappointment. Loving the skin you're in, taking pride in your hair…it's all nice, but heartbreak sure does make for interesting lyrical content -- just ask Nick Lachey. Of course, India

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On her third disc, neo-soul's reigning queen of positivity dives deeper into her emotional pool and emerges singing -- albeit briefly -- about pain and disappointment. Loving the skin you're in, taking pride in your hair…it's all nice, but heartbreak sure does make for interesting lyrical content -- just ask Nick Lachey. Of course, India still puts a positive spin on her pathos. On the haunting "Good Mourning," anchored by India's subtle acoustic strumming, she bids "Good morning to the harsh realities of life / Good morning to the fact we're not husband and wife" but ends the song with the epiphany "I know that God's will will be done / It's a good morning after all." Over a funky horn riff and mid-tempo piano groove, "These Eyes" also reflects on love lost, and she even gives a gospel-lite reading of Don Henley's "The Heart of the Matter." The rest of the disc, however, finds the motivational singer up to her old tricks. Leave it to the likes of Alicia Keys to spew threats of the "what goes around, comes around" variety ("Karma") -- India takes the high road ("The Wings of Forgiveness," natch) and thanks the one who trespassed against her for teaching her to forgive. And "I Am Not My Hair" revisits the theme of self-acceptance that permeated her breakout song, "Video." Although she may never rock as hard as her Peach State soul sister Joi or sing about the bitter side of love as plaintively as Jill Scott or Erykah Badu, India.Arie is the rare artist on a mission to spread her ray of sunshine, even when the forecast calls for rain.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
On her third disc, neo-soul's reigning queen of positivity dives deeper into her emotional pool and emerges singing -- albeit briefly -- about pain and disappointment. Loving the skin you're in, taking pride in your hair…it's all nice, but heartbreak sure does make for interesting lyrical content -- just ask Nick Lachey. Of course, India still puts a positive spin on her pathos. On the haunting "Good Mourning," anchored by India's subtle acoustic strumming, she bids "Good morning to the harsh realities of life / Good morning to the fact we're not husband and wife" but ends the song with the epiphany "I know that God's will will be done / It's a good morning after all." Over a funky horn riff and mid-tempo piano groove, "These Eyes" also reflects on love lost, and she even gives a gospel-lite reading of Don Henley's "The Heart of the Matter." The rest of the disc, however, finds the motivational singer up to her old tricks. Leave it to the likes of Alicia Keys to spew threats of the "what goes around, comes around" variety ("Karma") -- India takes the high road ("The Wings of Forgiveness," natch) and thanks the one who trespassed against her for teaching her to forgive. And "I Am Not My Hair" revisits the theme of self-acceptance that permeated her breakout song, "Video." Although she may never rock as hard as her Peach State soul sister Joi or sing about the bitter side of love as plaintively as Jill Scott or Erykah Badu, India.Arie is the rare artist on a mission to spread her ray of sunshine, even when the forecast calls for rain.
Billboard - Gail Mitchell
An ambitious, aurally rich suite of storytelling songs (à la mentor Stevie Wonder in his '70s heyday) enhanced by Arie's expressive vocals.
Boston Globe - Sarah Rodman
Lovely acoustic soul.... [Arie] examines what it means to be alone, to forgive, and to thrive -- all through 15 thoughtful tracks.
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Nick Marino
[Grade: B+] Her album has a confessional feeling. Songs unspool like diary entries or prayers. The music can swell or bounce.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Kevin Johnson
[Grade: B] Rising from the pain of a failed relationship, the singer-songwriter unveils a new level of strength and empowerment as she looks at what happened and where she's going from there.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0602498798362
catalogNumber:
5003168
Rank:
111354

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

India.Arie   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Don Henley   Composer
Cindy Morgan   Composer
J.D. Souther   Composer
Philip White   Composer
Mark Batson   Composer
Shannon Sanders   Composer
S. Sanders   Composer
Frank Macek   Composer
India.Arie   Composer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer
Jared Gosselin   Composer
Branden Burch   Composer
John III Howard   Composer
Drew Ramsey   Composer
Andrew Castro   Composer
Tony Harrington   Composer
Michael W. Campbell   Composer
John David Souther   Composer

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