Acoustic Soul by India Arie

   For this weeks article of Harmonize, I looked at Acoustic Soul by India Arie is a smooth blend of R&B and Neo-soul. Her voice and style remind me of Alicia Keys. She tells a story in every song.

If I close my eyes and listen, I feel as if I have traveled to a chill cafe in the city, or a low key club. It is a place where people look sleek without even trying, and speak through the language of rhythm. The type who spend their nights bathing under cool blue lights, sipping on their dreams during whispered conversations. 

This is the place India Arie brings me to when I listen to this album. I enjoyed her references to legendary artists such as Miles Davis and Billie Holiday, as well as the tribute to Stevie Wonder in the song “Wonderful.” They are not only famous artists, but those who had a passion for creating. Furthermore, they broke open the door for black artists in the music business. 

The album was emotional. India Arie shows her appreciation and pride for her heritage in songs such as “Brown Skin,” and “Video.” She also mentions her values and what she believes in, in songs like “Strength, Courage, and Wisdom,” and “Promises.” This album has integrity and is inspiring. It could pull anyone through a rough time. It reminds people to remember who they are, and still be anything they aspire to be. 

Taste Test

These are songs I recommend if you choose not to listen to the entire album.

“Promises”

  The song emphasizes the importance of keeping a promise, even when it is difficult. It shows how admirable it is, and how tough it can be. The song would be a good one to sing at a street performance. It is perfect to listen to in a small, intimate setting. I felt she was singing just to me.

“Nature”

The song is simply about appreciating how beautiful nature can be. (Wow, don’t we need this song right now.) It has a magical touch. I found myself thinking about the impossible. It is like nighttime, letting your love fly on a shooting star into the dark, vast night. 

“Video”

India Arie explains how she is not perfect, but is perfectly her. It is about people loving their individuality. She exclaims her love for herself and encourages others to love themselves as well. I could feel the freedom in her voice. It made me feel free. 

“Back to the Middle”

The song is simply about balance. It is about being able to accept the good with the bad, and the happiness with the pain. It is a fine line to walk, but people will be happiest if they do. Finding that balance is important. I think this song is grounding. 

 I would love it if some of you gave this album a listen! If you do, let me know what you think! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, and that it makes you feel something.