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Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics

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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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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B001NY4WLU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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I stalked this album until it's release date and played it everyday for the next couple of weeks. I played it so much that my niece who I was watching the week of the Cd's release, learned all of the words to Yellow, Pearls, Long Goodbye, and He Heals Me. Ms. Arie (as I love to call her) possesses the ability to write and deliver music in such a way that elevates the soul. I love this CD because you can feel her spirit all through it.
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I love India.Arie.
She holds a strong anointing of the spirit of the Lord!
She always has something positive to say, even when discussing something negative.
I like part 1 much better than part 2. I'm getting all of her CDs.

Go head India, I feel you, girl.
Now go ahead and share with the rest of the world!
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This was recommended to me years ago and I just got around to actually getting it and regret every minute of waiting. This is heartfelt, vintage India at her best -- in love and enjoying it.
Great beats, uplifting lyrics, beautiful harmonies and duets, just fabulous! Get it -- you won't be disappointed!
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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. It is nothing like it, but if you take it as a new work you will love it.
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