Voyage To India - India.Arie
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. It's a record that easily equals her debut, boasting better vocal performances but also better songwriting and accompanying production.
  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. 80
    A richly rewarding album. [Nov 2002, p.114]
  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. 60
    Much of Voyage to India is a soporific swath of happy-hour wallpaper. [#11, p.127]
  9. It's like you're listening to the same tempo and volume for 52.5 minutes when you really wanted a variety show.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 60
    On Voyage to India, Arie is just another girl on the neosoul train. [Jan 2003, p.98]
  13. Her acoustic soul is even smoother than before, making its use as a vehicle for Oprahspeak the more deadly.
  14. [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. 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
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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 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 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 song are original and deep at the same time!!!! This album is off the hook!!! Full Review »