Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. This new soul still sounds fresh.
  2. Mojo
    80
    A richly rewarding album. [Nov 2002, p.114]
  3. Voyage to India is a continuation of India's musical journey, a natural progression, the reflection of an artist's love for her art and its divine connection to life.
  4. It's a record that easily equals her debut, boasting better vocal performances but also better songwriting and accompanying production.
  5. 80
    This disc is much more solid than Acoustic Soul.
  6. Thankfully, Arie keeps the music light and flowing, so even the most self-righteous lines breeze by.
  7. While, at times, Voyage to India seems a bit too preachy, Arie has a way of bringing everything together in a very palatable way.
  8. A collection of bright acoustic guitars, sumptuous bass lines, earthy midrange singing and lyrics that often have the deep emotions and romantic notions of a teenage girl's diary.
  9. 60
    Certainly a talented guitar-playing songstress, she also takes her lyrical cues from Hallmark cards, a mix at once comfortable and off-putting -- and difficult to put one's finger on.
  10. Spin
    60
    On Voyage to India, Arie is just another girl on the neosoul train. [Jan 2003, p.98]
  11. It's like you're listening to the same tempo and volume for 52.5 minutes when you really wanted a variety show.
  12. Blender
    60
    Much of Voyage to India is a soporific swath of happy-hour wallpaper. [#11, p.127]
  13. Her acoustic soul is even smoother than before, making its use as a vehicle for Oprahspeak the more deadly.
  14. Q Magazine
    40
    [Her] penchant for pretension remains irksome: the dot in her name, the cringey album title, the worthy lyrics and constant namechecking of soul greats. [December 2002, p.96]
  15. Uncut
    20
    On her underwhelming second album, we realise how nu-sould would sound stripped of all sonic invention, mischief and sensuality. [Dec 2002, p.151]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Apr 8, 2013
    10
    I absolutely love this album. Well constructed and thought of. I am massive fan of the form of a song reflecting the content, so when I hear aI absolutely love this album. Well constructed and thought of. I am massive fan of the form of a song reflecting the content, so when I hear a song like Complicated Melody where the melody is so complicated she "almost cannot sing it on key", I will be putting that on replay for a week! The interludes of Growth, Healing and Gratitude really acts as home after really going on a voyage with the track list. My personal favourite would be Slow Down, as I felt that particular song spoke to me at the time I listened to this album and that is extremely rare for me. Truly phenomenal. Full Review »
  2. vaneciaP
    Mar 4, 2005
    10
    this album is amazing and so is india arie. her words and her voice are beautiful. i don't see how anyone could find fault in it.she this album is amazing and so is india arie. her words and her voice are beautiful. i don't see how anyone could find fault in it.she really is a talented person. Full Review »
  3. Are'YanaM
    Oct 31, 2003
    10
    Ilove india. she is the bomb!!! every thing that she sings/writes about is postive. i also like how she love god. and i love how all of her Ilove india. she is the bomb!!! every thing that she sings/writes about is postive. i also like how she love god. and i love how all of her song are original and deep at the same time!!!! This album is off the hook!!! Full Review »