Voyage to India [Special Edition]

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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;...
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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 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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602527385624
  • Catalog Number: 001427302
  • Sales rank: 61,900

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Growth (1:00)
  2. 2 Little Things (3:29)
  3. 3 Talk To Her (5:10)
  4. 4 Slow Down (3:52)
  5. 5 The Truth (3:29)
  6. 6 Beautiful Surprise (2:28)
  7. 7 Healing (0:55)
  8. 8 Get It Together (4:54)
  9. 9 Headed In the Right Direction (3:29)
  10. 10 Can I Walk With You (3:50)
  11. 11 The One (3:22)
  12. 12 Complicated Melody (3:13)
  13. 13 Gratitude (1:05)
  14. 14 Good Man (3:32)
  15. 15 God is Real (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Interested (4:03)
  2. 2 Little Things (3:32)
  3. 3 Little Things (3:40)
  4. 4 Butterfly (4:09)
  5. 5 When Love Came In (4:59)
  6. 6 Eyes of the Heart (4:42)
  7. 7 Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire) (2:39)
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Album Credits

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
Chris Athens Mastering
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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