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Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics

India.ArieAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Sometimes you have to step back to move forward. Coming to that realization—let alone taking that crucial first step—can be a daunting endeavor. Now on the other side of a self-imposed four-year hiatus, India.Arie returns with the most illuminating album of her career.
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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B001NY4WLU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release, the R&B star's eagerly awaited fourth studio album, the follow-up to Testimony: Vol 1, Life & Relationship, which debuted at #1. Inidia.Arie is known and cherished by fans and fellow musicians as a poet, a songwriter, a daughter, a producer, a musician, a sister, a singer, an advocate, a friend and a philanthropist -- but she is possibly best known for the love in her music that has inspired and motivated people worldwide. The album includes the single 'Chocolate High' featuring Musiq Soulchild. 17 tracks. Island. 2009

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete perfection!!! February 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album is phenomenal!!! I own all of India Arie's previous albums, and already this one is my favorite. India represents the quiet in a world of chaos. Her music has meaning, her lyrics have depth. This album will get you to look not just at yourself and your own 4 walls, but also on the world around you. India has maintained her integrity and self respect by once again refusing to give into the world's system oversexed marginal talent. The album is soulful, deep, theraputic, beautiful and sensual at the same time. It's great from beginning to end, so you can play it all the way through without skipping one song. Even the interludes she sings are hot. For those out there who have Vol. 1, Vol. 2 is much different. Vol. 1 is a great album if you've just had your heart broken or just got out of a relationship, while Vol. 2 is about real, true love. Love for yourself, and love for one another. I have to say also that India's voice has never sounded better. She hit some notes on this album that I didn't know she could hit! I can't say enough about it, except Buy It!!!! You will not be disappointed.

Although I love all the songs, my favorites are:
Therapy
Ghetto
Chocolate High
He Heals Me
Pearls
Long Goodbye
Better Way
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still super optimistic February 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
India.Arie turns in another stellar effort of her fourth CD. The follow up to "Testimony Vol. 1" which garnered her first US #1 album. Musically, she sticks to her acoustic Soul style almost Folk-like in places, with deep social conscious lyrics.

Lead-off single is the retro organ-drenched sultry "Chocolate high" with Musiq Soulchild. The Folk-y "Therapy" (featuring Gramps Morgan) is a more upbeat fast strummed number. Keeping up the tempo are the groovy Hip Hop/Jazz-tinged "Psalm 23" (with MC Lyte), the Blues/Rock "Better way" (about the issues unearthed by Hurricane Katrina and other ills), and closing bonus cut "A beautiful day".

Standouts to me are the awesome Latin-tinged "Ghetto" ("To be hungry in LA/is just like starving in Bombay" she sings, telling us poverty and hardship is shared by all humanity), her beautiful West African-tinged take on Sade's sombre lament "Pearls" (featuring Dobet Gnahore, some lovely harmonies, and including a woman in Rwanda in the lyrics), the tender acoustic ballad "He heals me" (a beautiful love song), and the retro sounding "Yellow" (featuring Terrell Carter) which sounds like some lost song from seventies Stevie Wonder.

India's lyrics, as usual, brim with over-positivity and optimism, something that oddly puts some people off. I wonder why, lyrics like this are a welcome escape from the harsh and sad realities of the world. Another solid outing from the talented Ms. Arie, a winner!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not disappointed - Love it! February 12, 2009
By willow
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I have all of India.Arie's albums, and have been looking forward to this new one, but wasn't sure what to expect...I was surprised to discover this is one of my favorites! Positive, joyful, diverse and lovely songs. India.Arie continues to be one of my favorite artists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INDIA OH INDIA March 21, 2009
By MVD
Format:Audio CD
What a musical gift. The most remarkable aspect of India is that she is a technical singer. She is a singer's singer. She sings the chords in such perfect melody and hits some incredible notes both high and low. And her subject matter, content is always on point, relevant to the times we live in. There definately should be more artist like her. I wish I had friends like her. God Bless You.
This cd continues her journey with memorable tracks like Yellow, and the interlude plays between the tracks expressing her gratitude to the most high. And oh course Chocolate High with her equal in male form, Musiq Soulchild, sends out a message of pride that we soon will not forget. I love everything about this release as I have each of her previous, each of building in encouragement and positive reinforcement.
I can truly say thank you, India.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best as Usual February 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
India's done it again. I know not many people can get with the meaning of some of her work. BUT--since becoming a die hard fan in 2000, her music has taught me to appreciate the art on a much deeper level than the commercial or superficial. She even explains her reasons for all of it on the inside cover. I definately have a better understanding of music and India's messages on life and love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD!!!!!!! February 10, 2009
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This is a great CD!!!!!!! I was waiting for a new CD and it is worth it..... Excellent Lyrics
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really,Just What The Doctor Ordered! February 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
India.Arie first came to my attention through an appearance on Oprah during the time her debut CDAcoustic Soul. I thought at the time she was an important breath of fresh air,considering the by then deadly dull shuffling variety of New Jack Swing and early Pro Tools-styled production were all over the place and impossible to get away from.Arie's "acoustic soul" seemed a nice companion to Neo Soul.Since then.....well I have listened to new music but somehow stopped paying attention to India.Arie. Well it's eight years later and the world has been through the toughest near decade I've ever seen anyone had to endure. And even if the debate that this artist's advocacy of "naturalness" in music will save R&B......well even at this point it is apparent even she has begun to move on in her musical adventure.This is the second volume in a set of albums starting with 2006's Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship and continues here. But this volume is Love & Politics.The songs deal with both issues but also shows how they are intertwined.To emphasize that I have to go towards the end of the album to a song called "The Cure".The epic "ballad",I guess really it pointed out that hate is our worse disease as a society-more then AIDS even.And of course the "cure" is love.Simplistic yes but,fact is people often try to overlook the simple things in life,complicating things in order to appear more mature. And that,in a word in a them with most of the album how "love and politics" aren't in fact the seperate issues they appear.They also find India.Arie stepping lightly outside her signiture sound to create some new hybrids to keep things fresh. Read more ›
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Published 3 days ago by Sinead Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars India Arie is a great artist!
She is by far my favorite female artist and this is by far her best CD to me. I've heard her other CDs but I like this one best. She is such a good singer and even better writer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady Again, Again and Again!
She does it again, & again, & again, & again and again. Wishing nothing but a blessed and the best for her.
Published 4 months ago by CARMEL CLARKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the 2nd part to Testimony Vol 1.
Have brought last 4 CD's enjoy all of them encluded this one.
She is in a class by herself and your price was reasonable
compared to other stores offering the same CD;... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Janice Eccleston
5.0 out of 5 stars happy listener
love it. been a fan of india arie for a long time. Was missing one of her albums and am glad i got this music.
Published 10 months ago by Aurora Light
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition to my collection
It arrived on time and it is in good condition. I thought there would be more variety on this cd, but I like what I hear. Nice addition to my collection
Published 10 months ago by C. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast.
My delivery was quick and the cd is wonderful as well. I bought this for my mom who happens to love #8. She says it lifts her spirits. And I'd do anything to see her smile. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marquisha L. King
5.0 out of 5 stars India always delivers!
Classic India, yet, her evolution is truly present. India is one of the few artists today who can still manage to deliver an entire album of songs worth listening to.
Published 12 months ago by Shanta Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing in its own rite
I am the biggest India.Arie fan alive. When I first listened to this album, I was bummed because I was expecting it to be like Vol. 1. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Crystal B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love this cd I played it over and over I love me some indie arie and look forward to purchasing her new album.
Published 14 months ago by Karen
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