Testimony Vol. 2: Love & Politics

February 10, 2009 | Format: MP3

$5.00
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Label: Universal
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Universal Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 52:36
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  • ASIN: B001R6CYO6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,796 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I love Therapy that is one of my favorite songs on the cd.
Lawanda N. Johnson
This product is the perfect example of great quality soul music ,it touches your heart and caress your ears as gently as a fine silk sheet.
Buns
Looking forward to India's tour and Definitely recommend this CD!!!
L. Rosebrough-Perez

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By CoveredbyGrace on 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 By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By willow on February 12, 2009
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MVD on March 21, 2009
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 By Anna Hemmingway on 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 By S. Roundtree on February 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
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 By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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.Read more ›
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