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  • Summary: The follow-up to "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship" features MC Lyte, Musiq Soulchild, Gramps Morgan, Dobet Gnahore, Terrell Carter and Sezen Aksu as guest artists.
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  1. Although more upbeat than its predecessor, Vol. 2 requires some time spent listening. Those who do so will be richly rewarded.
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    Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics is proof that not only can Arie step out of her comfort zone of relationships and self-appreciation, but she can jog up a few levels as well.
  3. A good half of Love & Politics begins to wilt upon closer examination as Arie's blissed-out self-help affirmations posing as lyrics start to penetrate....But whether she's singing clunky therapy metaphors or spinning out more elegant turns of phrase, Arie's raspy voice is always in top form.
  4. While it’s safe to say that Testimony Vol. 2 won’t catch on in today’s instant gratification-type climate, it’s an album that’s a satisfying listen straight through.
  5. There’s a limit to how many self-help platitudes a song can bear, and it’s certainly exceeded in 'A Beautiful Day,' with lines like, “There’s only one you/Just take a moment to give thanks for who you are.” But with a brisk, pulsating track and boundless anticipation in her voice, India.Arie comes close to making the truisms ring true.
  6. The tone of the relationship songs is more upbeat, and even occasionally lighthearted, relative to those of "Testimony: Vol. 1," adding a pleasant contrast to the more serious material.
  7. The result feels like a lecture from the class goody-goody: instructive yet tedious.
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