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  • Acoustic Soul Acoustic Soul Quick View

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    Acoustic Soul

    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
    1. Intro
    2. Video
    3. Promises
    4. Brown Skin
    5. Strength, Courage and Wisdom
    6. Nature
    7. Back to the Middle
    8. Ready for Love
    9. Interlude
    10. Always in My Head
    11. I See God in You
    12. Simple
    13. Part of My Life
    14. Beautiful
    15. Outro
    16. Wonderful
    India.Arie
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  • Voyage To India Voyage To India Quick View

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    Voyage To India

    India Arie seems comfortable in her own body. She told us as much on both Video and Brown Skin from her stunning debut album, Acoustic Soul, which celebrated the diversity of feminine beauty, self-acceptance, and spirituality. She addresses similar themes on her second outing, although much of her original soul-scouring fire is gone. While she still preaches self-empowerment, many of her lyrics veer toward the trite, and that's not where we expected to go on this Voyage to India. In fact, there are very few self-revelatory moments like the ones on Soul. Arie seems bent on journeying to the center of womankind's mind, rather than unearthing more of her own autobiography, casting herself as adviser to the disempowered. But that is not where Arie shines. When she strips her voice down to its unvarnished essence--leaving all the imperfections in the mix--she is a lithe, ethereal presence. She's capable of raising chills, as when she sings of a man who foretells his death on Good Man. Or on Complicated Man, where she lets her voice run ragged, brimming with raw emotion while describing her imperfect love. Despite some glibness, this is still a voyage worth taking. --Jaan Uhelszki
    1. Growth
    2. Little Things
    3. Talk to Her
    4. Slow Down
    5. The Truth
    6. Beautiful Surprise
    7. Healing
    8. Get It Together
    9. Headed in the Right Direction
    10. Can I Walk With You
    11. The One
    12. Complicated Melody
    13. Gratitude
    14. Good Man
    15. God Is Real
    16. Interested
    India.Arie
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  • Motown Christmas (Awaiting Repress) Motown Christmas (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Motown Christmas (Awaiting Repress)

    One of the most anticipated holiday albums of the year, Motown Christmas is shaping to be an epic release. Full with unique collaborations, artists from
    Capitol Records, Motown Gospel, and Motown Records join forces on classic holiday tunes such as "Go Tell It On The Mountain", "Have Yourself A Merry
    Little Christmas", "Silent Night" and more. Produced by multiple award-winning producer Aaron Lindsey, Motown Christmas features performances by
    India.Arie, Ne-Yo, Gregory Porter, Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett and others. It is the first collection of new Christmas recordings from
    Motown in 46 years. This is sure to be a memorable album that will endure the test of time and have something for everyone.
    1. It's Christmas Time - Smokey Robinson and Kevin Ross
    2. This Christmas - Brian Courtney Wilson and Gene Moore, Jr.
    3. Go Tell It on the Mountain / Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Gregory Porter and Anita Wilson
    4. Angels We Have Heard On High/Glory In The Highest - Kierra Sheard and Chrisette Michele
    5. Little Drummer Boy - Tye Tribbett
    6. The Christmas Song - Ne-Yo and Tasha Cobbs
    7. Christmas Overture (Carol of the Bells/My Favorite Things) - the Aaron Lindsey Orchestra
    8. Joy to the World - Micah Stampley and Sheri Jones-Moffett
    9. Bethlehem - Kem and Janice Gaines
    10. O Come All Ye Faithful - Tasha Cobbs
    11. Silent Night - VaShawn Mitchell
    12. Mary Did You Know - India.Arie and Gene Moore, Jr.
    13. Mary's Revelation Interlude
    14. O Holy Night - Smokie Norful
    Various Artists
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  • Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics Quick View

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    Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics

    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. India.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.
    1. Intro: Grains
    2. Therapy
    3. Ghetto
    4. Chocolate High
    5. He Heals Me
    6. Interlude: Grains
    7. Pearls
    8. River Rise
    9. Yellow
    10. Better Way
    11. Interlude: Grains
    12. Long Goodbye
    13. Psalms 23
    14. The Cure
    15. Outro: Grains
    16. Play A Beautiful Day
    India.Arie
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  • Songversation Songversation Quick View

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    Songversation

    Back with Motown, India.Arie is rejuvenated for her fifth album, which follows a lengthy hiatus. Largely a low-key, gently uplifting affair with a soft, warm glow, 11 of its 16 tracks are enhanced with assistance from several Turkish musicians -- including percussionists, horn players, an oudist, and the Istanbul Strings -- who were recorded at the studio of Sezen Aksu (one of the guests on Testimony, Vol. 2). Longtime co-producer and instrumentalist Shannon Sanders remains, while new associate David Ryan Harris (Dionne Farris, John Mayer) is another major factor.


    The album's upbeat tone is set with the driving Just Do You, a career highlight boasting a chorus that recalls the pre-chorus of Michael Jackson's Rock with You. Sweet, sighing, relaxed numbers like Flowers (You're the moral compass directing me to light) and Cocoa Butter (You are like cocoa butter on my heart) are among the most India.Arie-like songs laid down. Everything -- most exemplified by Break the Shell, inspired by an encounter with Cicely Tyson -- transmits positivity, even when she admits that, as a woman almost four decades in with neither a lifelong partner nor children, she's unsure of her position in life. It's evident that Arie's in a good place, both creatively and personally, yet SongVersation is not about self-satisfaction. She has no trouble bringing her listeners along.


    - Andy Kellman (All Music Guide)

    1. SoulBird Intro
    2. Just Do You
    3. This Love
    4. Nothing That I Love More
    5. Flowers
    6. Cocoa Butter
    7. SoulBird Interlude: Trombone
    8. Moved By You
    9. Life I Know

    10. Break The Shell
    11. SoulBird Rise
    12. Thy Will Be Done
    13. Brothers' Keeper

    14. One
    15. SoulBird Outro: Clarinet
    16. I Am Light
    India.Arie
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  • Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship Quick View

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    Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship

    Log onto an India.Arie lyrics page and you won't come away expecting an easy-breezy listen--here's an artist, remember, who made a name for herself by declaring her disdain for silicone and Cristal on her 2001 debut. What's consistently a revelation for new recruits to the Arie camp, then, is how good the music makes you feel. No matter how heavy the subject matter (and it still gets heavy--God surfaces in the first verse of Intro, the prayerful opening song), she delivers it in such a way that it ends up feeling like homespun wisdom--accessible, cloudless, and heartening. Testimony, no minor R&B/soul achievement, is full of such earth-mother moments: The Heart of the Matter, a cover of the Don Henley song, is what a hug might sound like if it were music; There's Hope reminds tunefully that you don't have to pay to smile (You better thank God for that); Private Party points up the benefits of getting naked before a mirror and liking what you see (impossible as that sounds, it'll seem less so after listening); and I Am Not My Hair, a sexy thumper featuring Akon, celebrates not the hair, not the skin, but the soul that lives within. Musically, Testament is a testament to the benefits of branching out; in addition to gospel and hip-hop, you'll also find country and pure pop forays here. All of it works, and works wondrously. Arie may be the Oprah of the music world: she's spiritual, she's got her head screwed on straight, and whatever she touches turns to gold. Or at least it ought to. --Tammy La Gorce
    1. Intro: Loving (interlude)
    2. These Eyes
    3. The Heart Of The Matter
    4. Good Morning
    5. Private Party
    6. There's Hope
    7. Interlude: Living (interlude)
    8. India'Song
    9. Wings Of Forgiveness
    10. Summer
    11. I Am Not My Hair f/ Akon
    12. Great Grandmother (interlude)
    13. Better People
    14. Outro: Learning (interlude)
    15. I Choose
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  • Belly of the Sun (Pure Pleasure) Belly of the Sun (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Belly of the Sun (Pure Pleasure)

    Cassandra Wilson continues to move down a highly eclectic path on Belly Of The Sun, the somewhat belated follow-up to Traveling Miles. While displaying a jazz singer's mastery of melodic nuance and improvisatory phrasing, Wilson draws on a variety of non-jazz idioms -- roots music, rock, Delta blues, country, soul -- to create a kind of earthy, intelligent pop with obvious crossover appeal. Her core band includes guitarists Marvin Sewell and Kevin Breit, who blend marvelously, Sewell mostly on mellow acoustic and Breit adding atmospheric touches on electric, 12-string, and slide guitars, as well as mandolin, banjo, and even bouzouki. Bassist Mark Peterson and percussionists Jeffrey Haynes and Cyro Baptista provide a superbly sensitive rhythmic foundation. But because Wilson returned to her home state of Mississippi to record most of this album, she made sure to book some time with local musicians. Thus guitarist Jesse Robinson guests on (and co-writes) the funky Show Me a Love, and the octogenarian pianist Boogaloo Ames plays an unpolished yet utterly heartfelt duet with Wilson on the classic Darkness on the Delta. Other guests include drummer Xavyon Jamison, trumpeter Olu Dara, pianist and vocalist Rhonda Richmond (who penned the slowly swaying Road So Clear), guitarist Richard Johnston, backup vocalists Patrice Monell, Jewell Bass, Henry Rhodes, and Vasti Jackson, and the children of New York's Middle School 44. Wilson delves into vintage blues with Mississippi Fred McDowell's You Gotta Move and a brief yet dynamic rendition of Robert Johnson's Hot Tamales. But the best tracks are the rock/pop covers: the Band's The Weight, Bob Dylan's Shelter From the Storm, James Taylor's Only a Dream in Rio, Jobim's Waters of March, and Jimmy Webb's Wichita Lineman (a 1968 hit for Glen Campbell). Wilson and band are in peak interpretive form on these ethereal reinventions. While her own lyrics may not rise to the level of a Robbie Robertson or a Bob Dylan, her versatility and focus come through clearly on the originals Justice, Just a Parade (a collaboration with neo-soul rookie India.Arie), and the Caribbean-tinged Cooter Brown.



    Musicians:



    • Cassandra Wilson (guitar)

    • Kevin Breit (vocal, mandolin, guitar, banjo, bouzouki)

    • Olu Dara (trumpet)

    • Rhonda Richmond (vocal, piano)

    • Mark Peterson (bass)

    • Xavyon Jamison (drums)

    • Jeffrey Haynes (percussion)




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. The Weight
    2. Justice
    3. Darkness On the Delta
    4. Waters of March
    5. You Gotta Move
    6. Only A Dream In Rio
    7. Just Another Parade
    8. Wichita Lineman
    9. Shelter From the Storm
    10. Drunk As Cooter Brown
    11. Show Me A Love
    12. Road So Clear
    13. Hot Tamales
    Cassandra Wilson
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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