Strength Courage & Wisdom
Acoustic Soul begins with a benediction to India.Arie's "ancestors," Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, and closes with "Wonderful," a tribute to Steve Wonder. In between is an hour of songs the Atlanta artist builds from acoustic guitar into lush neo-soul like "Brown Skin" and "Simple." She views love as spiritual and everlasting, calling her lover "god's creation" on "Nature" and titling another "I See God in You." India may be serious to a fault, but her lovely voice and earnest search for inner truth keeps her grounded, and far from the typical R&B "Video" girl.