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India.Arie : Acoustic Soul
Soul-lite from Stevie Wonder-endorsed singer does exactly what it says on the tin
Which isn't to say that this album wholly lives up to the expectations catalysed by Wonder's endorsement. Something of an aural equivalent of an Oprah Book Club session, 'Acoustic Soul' couldn't be more earnest if it sat you down over a cup of Celestial Seasonings for a chat about 'issues'. The songs are focused around Arie's acoustic guitar, which lends a beautifully pastoral shine to the soulful bounce of 'Video' and the stand-out 'Nature'. But the lack of any of contemporary R&B's machine-beat production techniques too often sends these songs down a corduroy-trousered Brand New Heavies cul-de-sac.
She'll cleanse your soul then, initially. But like anything that seems too good for you, ultimately India.Arie has you pining for something jumpin jumpin.
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