India.Arie offers nuggets of wisdom and self-help galore on Voyage to India, her sophomore set for Motown. The Atlanta native, who burst on to the scene last year with her critically acclaimed Acousti

India.Arie offers nuggets of wisdom and self-help galore on Voyage to India, her sophomore set for Motown. The Atlanta native, who burst on to the scene last year with her critically acclaimed Acoustic Soul, follows a similar path of acoustically driven, feel-good tunes on this stellar set. The infectious rhythm of "Get It Together" seduces listeners while the subtle message of making your life better sinks in: "One shot to your heart without breaking the skin/No one has the power to hurt you like your kin/Kept it inside didn't tell no one else . . . From 15 years of holding the pain/And now you only have yourself to blame if you continue to live this way." Similarly, lead single "Little Things" employs pieces of Rufus' "Hollywood" while reminding listeners to remember the simple things in life. While, at times, Voyage to India seems a bit too preachy, Arie has a way of bringing everything together in a very palatable way.—RH

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