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India Arie's Acoustic Soul is just as advertised: grooving soul music with an acoustic bent. Arie herself plays guitar, supplemented by strings (instead of synthesizers) and drums (instead of drum machines). The first single, "Video," is a calm, confident ode to self-love, comparing the dreadlocked, petite Arie to the average girl in a video. Arie is indeed anything but average: her debut marks the auspicious return of the black female singer-songwriter, in the vein of Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Tracy Chapman, and Dionne Farris. If you like their music, with thoughtful lyrics and layers of instrumentation, you'll love this album. "Video" is fabulous, but other high points include "Ready for Love," a lament that smolders before slowly building to a crescendo, with tinkling piano, guitar, and cello swelling beneath the vocal. "Strength, Courage, and Wisdom" is an optimistic anthem that'll have you clapping your hands and swaying from side to side, and the best track on the album, "Simple," is a straightforward love song with a pulsating beat. Acoustic Soul may not be full of radio-friendly tracks, but every track is strong, and the disc improves each time you press play. --Courtney Kemp


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  2. Video 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Promises 4:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Brown Skin 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Strength Courage & Wisdom 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Nature 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Back To The Middle 5:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Ready For Love 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Interlude 1:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. In My Head 4:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. I See God In You 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Simple 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Part Of My Life 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Beautiful 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. Outro 1:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Wonderful 5:31$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown Records
  • ASIN: B00005A1PR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,612 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By "acoolj" on April 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After hearing the single "Video" in late February and doing a little bit of web reasearch to figure out who had released such a positive and enjoyable piece of music, I pre-ordered this item from Amazon.com on March 5th. The 22 days until the release date of 3/27/01 were the longest days in my recent memory! When the box arrived at my office just before 10am on 3/28, I popped the cd into the cd-rom drive and got more inspired work done that day in many months past.
In my humble opinion, this is the type of music that feeds the spirit and provides something to share with everyone. Young girls should be encouraged to listen to the message in "Video" and build their self love. Young women who have given up on attracting a good relationship should find hope in "Ready for Love." I can't even say what I want to about what "Brown Skin" can do for folks! The genuis that is Stevie Wonder is documented and celebrated in "Wonderful." Who knew one could weave all of those Stevie Song titles and lyrics into one single song exemplifying such positivity and lyricism! It inspired me to go back and break out "Original Musiquarium" just for old times sake.
If you are looking for something to LISTEN to, not just have as background sound, as you drive your car, study, clean house etc. then I really think you will enjoy India.Arie. ...Peace & blessings fellow music aficionados.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Shazzar Kallie, M.A. on April 11, 2001
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India Arie is truly a breath of fresh air to music. She is truly what you call a real artist in that she writes her own songs and can play one mean guitar. Kinda reminds me of another musical genius songwriting singer named Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds! Finally, an artist not caught up on money, looks, or whatever is in style, but one that is true to God, self and becoming the best of what you can be. "Strength, Courage & Wisdom" is my favorite song on the album. It's something one should listen to every morning before going out into the world. It's simply a faithful song of inspiration that lets you know who you are and what you're capable of achieveing if you only believe in yourself, think and try! "Simple" shows this sista can get your feet moving as she enlightens your mind. "I See God In You" is simply amazing. Simply put this is how I want to feel when I see my divine mate. She sings it from the heart with wisdom and understanding of love and the Creator. Every song on the album is a treasure. India Arie explores Black culture, spirituality and love in such a unique, innovative and fresh way. She'll make you realize where music can and should go. If you're a Musiq Soulchild fan you'll truly love this woman because she's on the same level if not beyond. This is an album of love, self-awareness, and spirituality that will allow you to resonate on being the best you can be, accepting who you are, and being true to yourself. India Arie's voice is soulfully beautiful, and her acoustic guitar skills are sublime. Get this album so you'll always be able to say that you knew of her then, and you'll hold this treasure of a first album "Acoustic Soul"! This is not a commercial album to me, even though it's better than any commercial album released this year. This is truly a gift of spirituality, love and wisdom from India Arie herself to the people of the world! God is Love!!!
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Vale-Allen VINE VOICE on March 6, 2002
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I, too, cannot believe that this wonderful performer didn't win a single Grammy. It would seem that the Grammy awards have become like the Academy Awards, not necessarily based on individual merit but on politics. Here's a young woman with boundless talent: a wonderfully sultry voice, great songwriting skill, and the ability to play a number of instruments. Her guitar-playing on this album is simple but entirely appropriate. Worth noting is that one doesn't have to strain to make out the lyrics; she actually enunciates without detracting one bit from the content. This is a wonderful album, filled with personal comments, beliefs, and observations. With hints of Caribbean rhythm, this is contemporary yet timeless music. With any luck, India.Arie will be with us for many years to come. Never strident or grating, always mellow, this is fine music.
Most highly recommended.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2001
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Not often does a new artist have me scrambling for their music after seeing them perform live. This has only happen on a few occasions in the past with N'dami, Julie Dexter and Jill Scott, but only come to find out the CD hadn't been released yet. This was in 96 when this little chocolate soul sista had my mouth on the floor from her strong voice that belted through that club. Now it's 2001 and Ms. India Arie has become one of the best new voices in underground soul. A-T-L produced another great artist and Motown Records also found this to be true by signing her to their label. With a guitar as her musical weapon slaying the industry stereo types, this goddess brings words to soul or soul to words like no other. If you didn't get the Bamboozled soundtrack or don't live in Atlanta to here some of her past work.......then............ YOU'RE LATE!!!, Ms Arie is about to introduce the world to their inner soul with song. This CD offers you 15 tracks of beautiful melodies, uplifting words and soothing guitar production. "God In You" ( just the title along makes you wanna hear it) is one of those smooth bass filled tracks that makes you rewind it before it even ends. Back To The Middle" has the feel of a personal vibe to her and just a all around good groove. The track "BROWN SKIN", (in my opinion) I'm seeing as her top selling single off the CD. Many artist have lost the gift of writing from the soul to touch others soul and this is what this track accomplished. You can't compare her to anyone out right now and that's the most appealing thing about her and her sound. To come close in describing her, you have to gather a lot of artist (old and new) to create the sound she brings. Ms Arie is a talented sista and even more explosive live on stage. If any of you reading this get a chance to see her perform, please do. You will be amazed. Another talented artist bringing a big pot of "SOMETHING DIFFERENT" to the table for all to enjoy a bite of.
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