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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-soul

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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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0044006475523
catalogNumber:
064755
Rank:
13648

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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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Voyage To India (Ltd. Ed. - Bonus Track) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A voice in a syrup sweet of honey melted butter flowing down as the chocolate lushes feel of being reverie in soul. With her guitar that strings with a zing that rings from her heart with the start of a beginning that makes all colors of skin to be more whole than the half of their will. With her sunshine that proclaims her as a queen in the soul of her time, as we should do the same,I am sure with this album, and with her last birth child of an album, Acoustic Soul, would define the clear wine of rhyme that would truly sweeten each legacy in every generation that would shine as she does through whatever she sings with a touch that is naturally golden. Young or old, each generation of this time would begin with an end that is India Arie, the journey that carved the gate of our destination to an unbroken circle once again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cd's!! The lyrics are wonderful!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this cd. I bought it the day it came out, and I have been listening to it on repeat non stop. India has definitely one-upped herself from "Acoustic Soul". This is a very beautiful album, and I hope that she doesn't get overlooked again from the Grammy's nest year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I heard Acoustic Soul, I went crazy for "Ready For Love." I think she shines when her songs are less produced like that track. The new album I feel delivers on that level. Less produced, more India. She shines more on this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this album, though not as much as acoustic soul. I agree with other reviewers that the lyrical content of the cd is not as creative or profound as her first effort. I was hoping for more inspirational lyrics. this time around, it seems that India has fallen in love and has to tell the world about it. There is nothing wrong with love songs but i expected more than that from her. Her praises for a man gets a little tired. Overall, this is a pleasant CD to listen to. My favarite song is "Talk to her". Anyone who enjoyed her first Cd will enjoy this one. Just don't look for profound musings and lyrics on Voyage to India.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is absolutely wonderful. The lyrics are simple yet powerful and her voice is so soulful and smooth. Its a wonderful combination!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD as much as the first if not more. This just proves who should have really walked away with those Grammys and other awards this year. India your day is coming. Your light will continue to outshine the naysayers!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
India Arie's newest CD is a wonderful surprise! If you loved her first CD you'll enjoy the second one even more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The long-awaited Voyage to India is everything I'd hoped it would be! India.Arie is an AWESOME singer/songwriter, an artist who truly speaks for me!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've only heard "snipets" of each song, and I'm trying to figure out if this albumn is better than Acoustic Soul. If you don't have it yet run out & get it NOW!! You'll Love It!
Guest More than 1 year ago
India.Arie has certianly done it again. This album is a must get. My favorite is "The Truth". Hopefully this year she will not be over looked for any awards. She trully is an artist in every since of the word. Thank You for making this wonderful album Ms.Arie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love India Arie's new album. Nuff said! If you slept on her debut album, you missed out on a work of art, but you must purchase this album if you really want to see a great underrated artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vibrant vibes this music has. The songs produce colors in your mind as you listen. Most of all, she ministers God to listeners and causes you to think about the "little things" as well as the big things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i relate to this music, i feel her.