India.Arie Testimony, Volume 2: Love & Politics
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- Released: February 10, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Republic
Billboard (p.37) - "Although more upbeat than its predecessor, VOL. 2 requires some time spent listening. Those who do so will be richly rewarded."
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Intro: Grains
- $1.29 on iTunes2.Therapy
- $1.29 on iTunes3.Ghetto
- $1.29 on iTunes4.Chocolate High
- $1.29 on iTunes5.He Heals Me
- $1.29 on iTunes6.Interlude: Grains
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Pearls
- $1.29 on iTunes8.River Rise
- $1.29 on iTunes9.Yellow
- $1.29 on iTunes10.Better Way
- $1.29 on iTunes11.Interlude: Grains
- $1.29 on iTunes12.Long Goodbye
- $1.29 on iTunes13.Psalms 23
- $1.29 on iTunes14.The Cure
- $1.29 on iTunes15.Outro: Grains
- $1.29 on iTunes16.A Beautiful Day
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Personnel: Keb' Mo' (guitar, dobro); Drew Ramsey (guitar, programming); Julio Miranda, Daniel Groover, Blue Miller (guitar); Fatih Ahiskali (oud, background vocals); Ayda Tun‡ (violin); Pierre Medor (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Mustafa Ceceli (piano, background vocals); Michael Ruff (piano); Chris Johnson (drums); Dru Castro, Nick Trevisick, Shannon Sanders, Branden Burch (programming); Ametria Dock, Ey?p Hamis, Cekoya Renee Burch, Philip White, Chantae Cann (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Alec Newell; Nick Trevisick; Sam Thomas .
Audio Remasterer: Chris Gheringer.
Recording information: Exocet Studios, Atlanta, GA; India'Song Studios, Atlanta, GA; Jesusworkshop Studio, Hanalei, HI; Legacy Studios, New York, NY; Music House Studios, Atlanta, GA; Silent Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA; Stone Gables Studios, Nashville, TN; Stustu Studis, Los Angeles, CA.
Illustrator: Annalee Valencia-Bruch.
Photographer: Jimmy Bruch.
LOVE & POLITICS bears close resemblance, both stylistically and thematically, to its illustrious predecessor. Like TESTIMONY VOL. 1, LOVE & POLITICS impresses with the professionalism of its production, with meticulously interwoven layers of backing vocals that recall the most sumptuous soul productions of the mid '70s. The productions of Stevie Wonder and Gamble & Huff are obvious touchstones for the tasteful strings and subdued Fender Rhodes work of lead single "Chocolate High," which features vocal contributions from Musiq Soulchild. Though LOVE & POLITICS doesn't represent a significant departure from the thoughtful, easygoing soul with which Arie has made her name, it includes a few nods to trends in contemporary R&B, most notably the sprightly "Therapy," which splices Arie's breezy vocals and gentle fingerpicking on to a propulsive, club-ready beat.
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