Testimony, Vol. 2: Love & Politics

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
India.Arie cited creative pressures as one factor in the gap between Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, her last album for Motown, and Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, her debut for Universal Republic. Motown possibly was not content enough to yield to the instincts of an artist with three consecutive Top Ten albums and a pair of Grammy awards to go with 14 additional nominations. Testimony: Vol. 2 is, if anything, merely a moderate progression from Testimony: Vol. 1, not sounding anything like a severe turn from Arie's past. However, the variety of guest collaborators naturally signals and fosters her most eclectic, hardest-to-pigeonhole set yet; in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
India.Arie cited creative pressures as one factor in the gap between Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, her last album for Motown, and Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, her debut for Universal Republic. Motown possibly was not content enough to yield to the instincts of an artist with three consecutive Top Ten albums and a pair of Grammy awards to go with 14 additional nominations. Testimony: Vol. 2 is, if anything, merely a moderate progression from Testimony: Vol. 1, not sounding anything like a severe turn from Arie's past. However, the variety of guest collaborators naturally signals and fosters her most eclectic, hardest-to-pigeonhole set yet; in addition to Musiq Soulchild and MC Lyte, reggae artist Gramps Morgan, Turkish star Sezen Aksu, and African vocalist Dobet Gnahore present on a cover of Sade's "Pearls" are featured. Regardless of the non-standard inspirations and unexpected guests, Arie could perform every one of these songs live with just her guitar and not risk shortchanging her audience. Given the new wrinkles, it's not startling that her outlook here has a wider scope, her viewpoint wiser and more outward looking than before, exemplified most through "Ghetto" -- which seems to take cues from War's "The World Is a Ghetto," building off the notion of people all around the planet facing the same plight -- and the slow, bluesy stomp of the firmly U.S.-centric "Better Way" featuring Keb' Mo' on guitar. The tone of the relationship songs is more upbeat, and even occasionally lighthearted, relative to those of Testimony: Vol. 1, adding a pleasant contrast to the more serious material. If her former label could accuse her of anything, it's that she did not deliver a big single she does not have a single Top 40 hit, and that's something that won't likely change anytime soon. Her fanbase, big enough to grant Arie gold sales, will gladly take a fourth steady and honest album over a big pop hit.
New York Times
One of the most determinedly virtuous songwriters in R&B or pop, India.Arie strives to make faith, goodness and positive thinking seductive...As usual most of the songs feature India.Arie’s acoustic guitar and her forthright but still girlish voice, with its Stevie Wonder phrasing.
Billboard - Gail Mitchell
Reinvigorated after the painful breakup chronicled in 2006's "Testimony: Vol. 1, Love & Relationship," Arie provides a multicultural dialogue about love and human politics.
USA Today
Whether dealing with heartache, reveling in newfound love or pondering the human condition, her songs resound with keen insight and warm passion. It gives her Testimony a ring of truth.

Reinvigorated after the painful breakup chronicled in 2006's "Testimony: Vol. 1, Love & Relationship," Arie provides a multicultural dialogue about love and human politics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602517968059
  • Catalog Number: 001257202
  • Sales rank: 46,005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro: Grains (0:48)
  2. 2 Therapy - Gramps Morgan (3:58)
  3. 3 Ghetto (3:13)
  4. 4 Chocolate High (4:44)
  5. 5 He Heals Me (4:59)
  6. 6 Interlude: Grains (0:55)
  7. 7 Pearls - Dobet Gnahore (4:23)
  8. 8 River Rise (3:57)
  9. 9 Yellow (2:56)
  10. 10 Better Way (3:30)
  11. 11 Interlude: Grains (1:06)
  12. 12 Long Goodbye (4:05)
  13. 13 Psalms 23 (5:15)
  14. 14 The Cure (4:41)
  15. 15 Outro: Grains (0:33)
  16. 16 A Beautiful Day (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
India.Arie Primary Artist
Michael Ruff Piano
Philip White Background Vocals
Keb' Mo' Dobro, Guitar
Blue Miller Guitar
Chris Johnson Drums
Ferruh Yarkin Doira
Pierre Medor Piano, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Eyüp Hamis Background Vocals, Ney Flute
Julio Miranda Guitar
Ametria Dock Background Vocals
Drew Ramsey Guitar
Chantae Cann Background Vocals
Cekoya Renee Burch Background Vocals
Mustafa Ceceli Piano, Background Vocals
Fatih Ahiskali Background Vocals, Oud
Ayda Tunç Violin
Jesse Singer Horn Engineer
Daniel Groover Guitar
Technical Credits
Rachelle Ferrell Composer
Robin Roberts Composer
Michael Ruff Composer, Producer, Piano Engineer
Sade Adu Composer
Andrew Hale Composer
Nick Trevisick Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Instrumentation
Philip White Composer
Joyce Simpson Composer
Shannon Sanders Composer, Programming, Producer
Sezen Aksu Composer
Musiq (Soulchild) Composer
Tracey Miller Publicity
Annalee Valencia-Bruch Art Direction, Illustrations
Dru Castro Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Jared Gosselin Composer
Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson Composer, Producer
Branden Burch Composer, Programming, Producer
Reen Nalli Executive Producer
Drew Ramsey Composer, Programming, Producer
Mark Johnson Guitar Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An album for Women

    India Arie continues to show her humanity and love for all, especially women on this album. Her voice is soothing and beautiful. He Heals Me is a song mothers should play for their daughters everywhere.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for all types of music lovers!

    Although I have Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, and Garth Brooks in my library favorites to go along with U2 and Jack Johnson, this CD is relaxing and fun, with one radio hit possible with 'Therapy'. You will not be disappointed with this addition to your music library. There are many songs that are outstanding, making this one to purchase.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Album

    This album is indeed different from all her others, but there is something about this one that I can¿t stop listening to. True, there are some songs that stand out more than others like Chocolate High and Yellow, but in general the album is worth the buy. I Love India Arie and people should support her and her music!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    from the samples...seems like an okay album.

    There wre only a couple of songs from listening to the samples that I would want to listen to. She has a big fan base, so they'll go buy this...me, I download maybe 1 or 2 songs from Itunes. whole album not worth $14 bucks.

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