Voyage To India (Ltd. Ed. - Bonus Track)

Voyage To India (Ltd. Ed. - Bonus Track)

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by India.Arie
     
 

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"The only constant in the world is change/That's why I take each day as it comes," muses India.Arie on the opening interlude of her sophomore disc, Voyage to India. Alongside "Healing" and "Gratitude," that acoustic track aptly titled "Growth," sums up the confessional album's recurring themes. During the whirlwind year in which she rose to pop and neo-soulSee more details below

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"The only constant in the world is change/That's why I take each day as it comes," muses India.Arie on the opening interlude of her sophomore disc, Voyage to India. Alongside "Healing" and "Gratitude," that acoustic track aptly titled "Growth," sums up the confessional album's recurring themes. During the whirlwind year in which she rose to pop and neo-soul stardom on the strength of her liberating single "Video," only to be denied all seven of the Grammys for which her life-affirming debut, Acoustic Soul, was nominated, the earthy chanteuse has had many reasons to grow, heal, and be grateful. Despite her fame, on the lead single, "Little Things," which borrows some of its lyrics and musical arrangement from Rufus's "Hollywood," India gives thanks for life's simple pleasures. "I did all this for the love of music/Not the glitter and gold," she sings in her husky alto. Although her esteem-boosting lyrics sometimes sound preachy -- particularly on the mid-tempo "Talk to Her," where she urges men to make their "words sound like candy" to the ladies in their lives -- India's strength lies in her message of love. On this journey, however, she speaks less about self-love and more about being in love, as on the celebratory ballads "The Truth," "Beautiful Surprise," and "Good Man." With its 16 spiritually uplifting and empowering songs, this is a Voyage you won't want to miss.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Despite an excellent debut, India.Arie still had much to prove with her second record. Several of her neo-soul compatriots, from D'Angelo to Erykah Badu to Macy Gray, had faltered with sophomore albums, and it appeared she may have already said everything she had to say on Acoustic Soul. That anticipation, and trepidation, is exactly what makes Voyage to India such a beautiful surprise; it's a record that easily equals her debut, boasting better vocal performances but also better songwriting and accompanying production. As on her debut, there is a marked balance of organic and artificial: an acoustic guitar paces many tracks, though the edges are shorn off for a digital feel; the beats are often sampled, but there are still plenty of handclaps and fingersnaps; and the arrangements are simple yet obviously very polished. The improvement in her songwriting is most obvious from the first three tracks (after the short intro). The themes driving "Little Things" (keeping it simple), "Talk to Her" (the importance of honesty, warmth, and communication in relationships), and "Slow Down" (taking life one day at a time) certainly have been covered already, many times even, but India.Arie writes with a fresh perspective that makes it sound as though she's the first to broach the topic. And, finally, her delivery is the best of any neo-soul vocalist, barring only the incomparable Jill Scott, alternately earnest and playful and sexy and questing. It all adds up to one of the most glowing comebacks of the year (if she ever left), an important record whose stamp -- the Motown logo -- isn't the only thing it has in similarity with a classic LP by Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
The disc sustains the twitchy coffeehouse R&B found on its predecessor, last year's Acoustic Soul...and the tracks stick to soothing, non-hip-hop textures and rhythms. [B]
People Magazine - Chuck Arnold
The singer-songwriter continues to worship at the neosoul altars of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway on songs such as "Beautiful Surprise," one of several lovely acoustic-guitar ballads.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044006475523
catalogNumber:
064755
Rank:
49862

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

India.Arie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Grossman   Percussion,Drums
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Terry Harrington   Background Vocals
Terry McMillan   Percussion
Laurnea Wilkerson   Background Vocals
John Willis   Electric Guitar
Doug Kahan   Bass
Avery Johnson   Bass
Bishop Paul S. Morton   Background Vocals
Blue Miller   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Brent Barrett   Electric Guitar
Joyce Simpson   Vocals
Algebra Blessett   Background Vocals
Shannon Sanders   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bryan Russell   Bass
Khari Cabral Simmons   Bass
Ricky Quinones   Guitar
Kerisha Hicks   Background Vocals
Alvin "Cornbread" Garrett   Bass
Paul Morton   Guitar,Keyboards

Technical Credits

David Leonard   Engineer
Kedar Massenburg   Executive Producer
Avery Johnson   Engineer
Blue Miller   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Andrew Ramsey   Producer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
Jim Lightman   Engineer
Mike Tocci   Engineer
Shannon Sanders   Programming,Producer
John Adler   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Musiq (Soulchild)   Arranger
India.Arie   Producer,Executive Producer
Annalee Valencia-Bruch   Art Direction
Greg Fuqua   Engineer
Paul Morton   Programming,Producer

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