Testimony, Vol. 1: Life and Relationship

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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 ...
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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.
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.

An ambitious, aurally rich suite of storytelling songs (à la mentor Stevie Wonder in his '70s heyday) enhanced by Arie's expressive vocals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602498798362
  • Catalog Number: 000614102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro: Loving (1:30)
  2. 2 These Eyes (4:31)
  3. 3 The Heart of the Matter (5:15)
  4. 4 Good Morning (5:27)
  5. 5 Private Party (3:52)
  6. 6 There's Hope (3:57)
  7. 7 Interlude: Living (1:23)
  8. 8 India'Song (5:26)
  9. 9 Wings of Forgiveness (4:59)
  10. 10 Summer (3:14)
  11. 11 I Am Not My Hair - Akon (3:47)
  12. 12 Great Grandmother (0:34)
  13. 13 Better People (3:08)
  14. 14 Outro: Learning (1:32)
  15. 15 I Choose (4:45)
  16. 16 This Too Shall Pass (5:54)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Way to Start Ever Day!

    Thia whole album makes me feel great!The story telling and prayer like songs give one a wonderful feeling.This white girl connects and can't wait for more music with such great meaning from India!Love it girl,you got it all going for you.Keep it Real and loving!

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