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RELEASE
March 27, 2001
LABEL
Motown
GENRES
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Urban, Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, Pop, Adult Contemporary R&B, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Album Review

As one of the most promising neo-soul artists yet to emerge in the past few years, India.Arie casts her lot with the best artists of her label's storied history, playing deeply introspective songs laced with glistening acoustic guitar, churchy organ, and smooth, supple beats. When she name-checks those artists no longer with us that she claims as influences (Ma Rainey, Miles Davis, Karen Carpenter, Charley Patton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Donny Hathaway, etc.) in three separate interludes, you have no doubt she is looking back as well as forward, even going so far as to invoke Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come." But Acoustic Soul is at its best when the arrangements are deliberately modern. And despite the uniqueness of being a guitar-based R&B album, it is Arie's thick, sandy voice that shares star billing with her exceptional lyrics. Betraying youthful vulnerability while at the same time projecting strength, confidence, and uncanny insight for a 25-year-old singer/songwriter, Arie wraps herself effortlessly around the deep, funky sensuality of "Brown Skin," and stands tall in defiance of pop-fashion expectations on the irresistibly catchy "Video." The uplifting "Faith, Courage, Wisdom" rides along on a euphoric chorus, and the plainly autobiographical "Back to the Middle" recounts an emotional and spiritual coming of age. Without the many concrete references to the great R&B music of the past, Acoustic Soul would be a purely modern gem, but as Arie is determined to pay her debts up front, it's much more, and that is admirable.
John Duffy, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Introhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/intro/id349607?i=349605&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Videohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/video/id349607?i=349575&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Promiseshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/promises/id349607?i=349577&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Brown Skinhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/brown-skin/id349607?i=349579&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Strength, Courage, & Wisdomhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/acoustic-soul/id349607?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Nature
  7. Back to the Middlehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/back-to-the-middle/id349607?i=349585&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Ready for Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ready-for-love/id349607?i=349587&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Interludehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/interlude/id349607?i=349589&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Always in My Headhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/always-in-my-head/id349607?i=349591&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. I See God in Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/i-see-god-in-you/id349607?i=349593&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Simplehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/simple/id349607?i=349595&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Part of My Lifehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/part-of-my-life/id349607?i=349597&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Beautifulhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/beautiful/id349607?i=349599&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Outrohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/outro/id349607?i=349601&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Wonderful (Stevie Wonder Dedication) [*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/acoustic-soul/id349607?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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