India’s commitment to providing her true expression is evidently well presented. She tells full yet inspiring stories through her impenetrable music. Soulful, yet easy to be listened to- This is what India’s music is all about. It’s amazing that she divided the entire album into two different topics but yet beautifully blended into a heart-piercing masterpiece. The first half talks about “Love” and the second half, she carefully tells different stories that are somehow worldly and globally inclined.
The first part, “Love” is somehow a very ear-friendly work of art. “Therapy”, which features reggae artis Gramps Morgan is a happy, effervescent track which she describes love as a therapy to her own body “Without you I’m weak in the knees, I need your therapy”, she sings with enthusiasm. Another track from the “love” part that caught the attention is “Chocolate High” which features vocals from Musiq Soulchild. “Chocolate High” is a sultry, caressing to the soul track which she describes LOVE like her addiction to a chocolate. It’s a pure, soul R&B track that just relaxes your subconscious whenever you listen to it. “He Heals Me” is somehow a little bit contrary to the former songs because this track shows a little bit of a teary-eyed characteristic. The track is somehow intended for India to show her appreciation and love for God.
Throughout the album India displays a variety of music. She induces worldly beats incorporated with lyrical compositions just suited for her mundane idealism. To further portray a new dimension of the album India even invited some world music artists like Turkish pop singer, Sezen Aksu which vocals were featured in the song “The Cure” and a singer, percussionist from the Ivory Cost, Dobet Gnahore which she gladly sings with on the cover of a Sade song, “Pearls”. With the presence of world music artists, India never failed to give the impression of a worldly, globally inclined lyrics with the songs “Ghetto” which is an upbeat Spanish guitar influence track that tells everywhere in the world has a ghetto. “Jamaica is a ghetto, Japan is a ghetto, America is a ghetto, Slovakia is a ghetto” she sings with aplomb.
The blend of two types of songs resulted in a very favourable way. The album is completely different from what she has done before. R&B and Soul was too much apparent from “Voyage to India”, “Acoustic Soul” and “Testimony 1”. Instead India decides to take a risk into placing flavours that she didn’t have before and fortunately, It didn’t result to a confusion to India’s identity as a singer instead it flourished India’s artistry, and personality in myriad ways.
RELEASED: February 10, 2009 (US)
STAND-OUT TRACKS: “Chocolate High”, “Therapy”, “Pearls”, “Ghetto
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