Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship Image
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  • Summary: The neo-soul singer-songwriter's belated third album includes a cover of Don Henley's "The Heart of the Matter."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. All of it works, and works wondrously.
  2. If you're not turned off by earnest expressions of self-righteousness set to comforting folk-tinged R&B, then Testimony just may be your cup of decaffeinated jasmine tea.
  3. The sentiments are so genuine and earnest, it's hard to fault Arie for this gauzy blend of New Age-y self-help babble and sunny, plucky folk. [10 Aug 2006, p.98]
  4. Sounds like an even less energetic Alicia Keys. [24 Jun 2006, p.43]
  5. 40
    Lacking the wit and lyrical dexterity of a Jill Scott or the raw power of Angie Stone, the songs can feel airless and unengaged. [Sep 2006, p.98]
  6. 30
    Finds her plumbing new depths of pomposity. [Aug 2006, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. middlechild
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    I can just soak up the awesomness
  2. AaronW
    Jun 28, 2006
    10
    best r&b album in a long time. inspiring and positive without being sappy or fake. Her voice is such an instrument.
  3. Lorraine
    Aug 20, 2006
    10
    Simply one of the best cds of the year. She sings with conviction which we don't find in many artist today. The music is full of life Simply one of the best cds of the year. She sings with conviction which we don't find in many artist today. The music is full of life which transcends through all bounderies. This is what we need more of today in music! Expand
  4. JanV
    Jun 28, 2006
    9
    Great cd from the woman with the best voice in misic.
  5. LynneS
    Jun 30, 2006
    9
    Beautiful and healing. I have always loved "Heart of the Matter", but now, post my own break-up, and in a woman's voice, it resonates. Beautiful and healing. I have always loved "Heart of the Matter", but now, post my own break-up, and in a woman's voice, it resonates. Beautiful album. Expand
  6. JassyK
    Jul 3, 2006
    8
    I love India. I've followed her nonstop for years...even have her DVD of her trip a few years ago to Brazil where she met the guy she I love India. I've followed her nonstop for years...even have her DVD of her trip a few years ago to Brazil where she met the guy she sings of on one of the cuts and first debuted "India Song". I was anxious to hear the new CD. It's good but I must admit that you can detect her sadness in this album and that makes it a little hard to put into heavy rotation. Unlike the first two albums, I think this is one I have to be in more of a "mood" to listen to. "The Heart of the Matter" and "Good Morning" are great but maybe that is just because I recently had a breakup too so I was feeling where she was coming from but I ended up feeling a little too blue. But "There's Hope" is upbeat and a good drive to work in the morning song. I think her albums are reflecting/deflecting alot of pain. Voyage to India seemed to be her attempting self-affirmation after the Grammy losses for Acoustic Soul --"God is Real, The Little Things, etc." Overall I give it 2 thumbs up but I hope that she is in better spirits with Vol. 2. I'll be praying for her contentment. If she's this good sad, imagine what a happy India will come with. Expand
  7. PatrickM
    Jun 27, 2006
    5
    Terrible R&B! Exept Im not in my hair ft. Akon,

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