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Album Review

India.Arie's third album would've sounded much different if it had been recorded and released shortly after 2002's Voyage to India. It would've either been made just before or immediately after a major breakup, one that informs much of Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship. This isn't a bitter breakup album; instead, it's largely a breakup album that instead involves forgiveness, closure, and — of course — the kind of soul searching that Arie's fans have come to expect. Arie's relationship was apparently very serious, as demonstrated in "These Eyes," where she demands respect and wonders what her and his children would've been like. Though songs like "Good Mourning" deal with the immediate aftermath ("Good morning silence, good morning to myself/Good morning to the pain in the center of my chest"), they also seem to revel in it as just another part of being alive ("Good morning acceptance, good morning inner strength/I'm loving every moment, even the inner strain"). The album is a major production. Many of its songs involve well over a dozen musicians, some of which — Rachelle Ferrell, Keb' Mo', Victor Wooten, Rascal Flatts, Acoustic Soul accomplice Mark Batson — are bound to make some listeners freak. It's clear that Arie has been listening to a lot of country music; while these songs are completely hers (with the exception of Don Henley's "Heart of the Matter," a song that easily fits into the scheme of the album), it wouldn't be surprising to hear a handful of them covered by contemporary country artists. Since a significant portion of the album is centered around heartbreak and moving on, some of Arie's fans might not ever connect fully connect with it, but it will certainly be of great assistance to any of her fans who find themselves coping with something similar.

Customer Reviews

Thank You!!

For every black girl in America who has been defined by a Euro-centric vision of Beauty, Indie has redefined Black for them. I am truly thankful that God saw fit to use this vessel to speak what I speak from my heart. I am not my hair, skin tone, age (in my case I am 50 years old and into hip-hop),height or weight. I am what God created me to be. Best wishes on your music career because you have opened the doors of communication in the industry so that we will finally be judged by the content of our music and not by the way we look. Thank you, Charlette

India.....oh India....

why must u spoil us with ur talent? this CD is off the hook. im listenin to "Summer" right now and meltin away. its soo relaxin. as soon as i heard India had a new CD out I was excited. shes always on top of current issues and really speaks to the heart. I beg u to buy this CD. spoil urself a lil. u deserve it:)

Exceeded the expectations!!!

I really loved India's first CD. I took a chance on this one because I did not like the second as much as the first. But India really pulled out all the stops with this one. She shows that she is a truly conscious artist who is not afraid to show that she suffers from the same ups-and-downs of life like the rest of us and that she knows what is most important in life.


Born: October 3, 1975 in Denver, CO

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Among the neo-classic soul artists to emerge in the early 2000s, following the success of artists like D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, Atlanta's India.Arie was poised to make a major impact. A studied songwriter and guitar player rooted in the soul and blues of the past, as well as in positive-minded contemporary hip-hop, Arie debuted with Acoustic Soul. Rich with with resonant hooks and mature lyrics -- impressive, considering she been writing songs for only five years -- the album established a remarkable...
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