When Testimony Vol. 1 dropped in 2006, India.Arie was still riding the success of her previous album, Voyage to India, which helped bring neo-soul and acoustic R&B to the forefront. She stood out from her contemporaries with deeply confessional and introspective songwriting. India’s lyricism was somewhat polarizing when Testimony Vol. 1 was first released, but something about it hit different, especially for those of us in complicated relationships.
Journalist Jarrett Hill (who cohosts FANTI here on Maximum Fun) joins us to talk about India’s place in the neo-soul movement, what India’s work meant to a college-aged Jarrett Hill, and what critics failed to understand when this album was first released.
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Song Tracklisting (all songs from Testimony Vol. 1, Life & Relationship unless otherwise indicated):
- Private Party
- Heart of the Matter
- India.Arie: Video
- Wings of Forgiveness
- *NSYNC: Selfish
- I Choose
- Better People
- I Choose
- I Am Not My Hair
- CeCe Winans: Let Them Fall In Love
- Nas: Bye Baby
- Tweet: Complain
- India.Arie & Joe Sample: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Anita Baker: Been So Long
Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there
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