Voyage to India [Special Edition]

Voyage to India [Special Edition]

by India.Arie
     
 

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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

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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 common with a classic LP by Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder. [The Special Edition, released in 2010, contains a second disc featuring several remixes and contemporaneous compilation cuts.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2010
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602527385624
catalogNumber:
001427302
Rank:
190443

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Performance Credits

India.Arie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Grossman   Percussion,Drums
John Catchings   Cello
Tony Harrell   Keyboards
Terry McMillan   Percussion
Laurnea Wilkerson   Background Vocals
Doug Kahan   Bass
Avery Johnson   Bass
Blue Miller   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Brent Barrett   Electric Guitar
Joyce Simpson   Vocals
Algebra Blessett   Background Vocals
Shannon Sanders   Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Khari Cabral Simmons   Bass
Ricky Quinones   Guitar
Kerisha Hicks   Background Vocals
Drew Ramsey   Guitar
Anthony Harrington   Background Vocals
Tony Harrington   Background Vocals
Forrest Robinson   Percussion,Drums
Bryant Russell   Bass
Dave Davidson   Violin
Paige Martin   Background Vocals
John Willis   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

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
Musiq (Soulchild)   Arranger
India.Arie   Producer,Executive Producer
Annalee Valencia-Bruch   Art Direction
Greg Fuqua   Engineer
Drew Ramsey   Programming,Engineer
I. Simpson   Composer
A. Roberson   Composer
D. Wolinski   Composer
A. Ramsey   Composer
Vernon Sanders   Engineer

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