Songversation [Deluxe Edition]

Songversation [Deluxe Edition]

by India.Arie

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Back with Motown, India.Arie is rejuvenated for her fifth album, which follows a lengthy hiatus. A series of mishaps, combined with some dissatisfaction regarding the sound of her recordings, prompted the break. She even contemplated leaving the industry. However, only the most attentive listeners will hear a considerable difference between SongVersation and the Testimony albums. Largely a low-key, gently uplifting affair with a soft, warm glow, 11 of its 16 tracks are enhanced with assistance from several Turkish musicians -- including percussionists, horn players, an oudist, and the Istanbul Strings -- who were recorded at the studio of Sezen Aksu (one of the guests on Testimony, Vol. 2). Longtime co-producer and instrumentalist Shannon Sanders remains, while new associate David Ryan Harris (Dionne Farris, John Mayer) is another major factor. The album's upbeat tone is set with the driving "Just Do You," a career highlight boasting a chorus that recalls the pre-chorus of Michael Jackson's "Rock with You." Apart from certain accents from the Turkish musicians, none of the material will surprise anybody. Sweet, sighing, relaxed numbers like "Flowers" ("You're the moral compass directing me to light") and "Cocoa Butter" ("You are like cocoa butter on my heart") are among the most India.Arie-like songs laid down. Everything -- most exemplified by "Break the Shell," inspired by an encounter with Cicely Tyson -- transmits positivity, even when she admits that, as a woman "almost four decades in" with neither a lifelong partner nor children, she's unsure of her position in life. It's evident that Arie's in a good place, both creatively and personally, yet SongVersation is not about self-satisfaction. She has no trouble bringing her listeners along. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2013
Label: Motown
UPC: 0602537418121
catalogNumber: 001864202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

India.Arie   Primary Artist,Guitar
Michael Ruff   Piano
Chris Bruce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Catchings   Cello
Bob Lewis   Trombone,Trumpet
Sean Hurley   Bass
Quinn   Drums
David Ryan Harris   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Blue Miller   Acoustic Guitar
Shannon Sanders   Bass,Piano,Trumpet,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carrie Bailey   Violin
Mehmet Akatay   Percussion
Okorie Johnson   Violin,Cello
Dennis Hamm   Keyboards
Özer Arkun   Cello,Ney
Göksun Cavdar   Bass,Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Marcus Finney   Drums
Dru Castro   Musician
Serhan Yasdiman   Guitar
LaTonya Peoples   Violin,Cello
Anthony David   Background Vocals
Julio Miranda   Guitar
Idan Raichel   Piano
Drew Bowman   Bass
Yankele Segal   Bass
Ametria Dock   Background Vocals
Drew Ramsey   Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Chantae Cann   Background Vocals
Fatih Ahiskali   Oud
Gramps Morgan   Background Vocals
Joey Gonzales   Percussion
Ozer Arkun   Cello
Hasan Gözetlik   Trombone,Trumpet
Mercy Myra   Background Vocals
Khari Simmons   Bass
Istanbul Strings   Strings
Gilad Shmueli   Percussion,Drums
J'on Simpson   Background Vocals
Conelius "Slick" Barnes   Background Vocals
Traneshia "Truth" Chiles   Background Vocals
Rafet Alik   Kanoon
Ozan Bayrasa   Vocals
Nurcan Eren   Vocals
Joseph "Steel" Miller   Drums
Eyyup Hamis   Ney

Technical Credits

Michael Ruff   Composer,Producer
David Ryan Harris   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Additional Production
S. "Husky" Hoskulds   Engineer
Ty Macklin   Programming,Producer,Engineer
James Waddell   Engineer
Shannon Sanders   Composer,Programming,Producer
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
India.Arie   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Engineer
Lewis Allen   Composer
Rob Skipworth   Engineer
Dru Castro   Producer,Engineer
Tom Storms   Management
Greg Fuqua   Engineer
Carol Corless   Package Production
Michael Gregory   Engineer
Phillana Williams   Marketing
India Arie Simpson   Composer
Kevin Dean   Engineer
Elise Wright   Marketing
Ozan Bayrasa   Engineer
Keller Kahner   Engineer
Scott Dean   Engineer

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