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Acoustic Soul is the debut studio album by American singer India Arie. It was released on March 27, 2001, by Motown. The album received seven nominations at the 44th Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. Acoustic Soul was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 17, 2003, denoting shipments in excess of two million copies in the United States.[12]

Acoustic Soul
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 27, 2001 (2001-03-27)
Recorded2000–2001
Studio
GenreR&B
Length61:18
LabelMotown
Producer
India Arie chronology
Acoustic Soul
(2001)
Voyage to India
(2002)
Singles from Acoustic Soul
  1. "Video"
    Released: February 6, 2001
  2. "Brown Skin"
    Released: 2001
  3. "Strength, Courage & Wisdom"
    Released: 2001
  4. "Ready for Love"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
BillboardFavorable[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
The IndependentFavorable[4]
Mixmag4/5 stars[5]
Muzik5/5 stars[6]
NME9/10[7]
PopMattersFavorable[8]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
USA Today3/4 stars[10]
The Village VoiceMixed[11]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"India Arie 0:50
2."Video"
  • Carlos "6 July" Broady
  • Arie
4:09
3."Promises"
  • Arie
  • Blue Miller
  • Miller
  • Arie
4:37
4."Brown Skin"
  • Batson
  • Arie
4:56
5."Strength, Courage & Wisdom"Arie
  • Batson
  • Arie
4:57
6."Nature"
  • Arie
  • Batson
  • Batson
  • Arie
4:24
7."Back to the Middle"
  • Arie
  • Miller
  • Miller
  • Arie
5:11
8."Ready for Love"
  • Arie
  • Miller
  • Miller
  • Arie
4:28
9."Interlude"Arie 1:24
10."Always in My Head"
  • Arie
  • Miller
4:40
11."I See God in You"Arie
  • Broady
  • Arie
3:17
12."Simple"
  • Arie
  • The Unit
  • Batson
  • Batson
  • Arie
3:26
13."Part of My Life"Tony Harrington
  • Batson
  • Arie
4:03
14."Beautiful"
  • Arie
  • Kerisha Hicks
  • Miller
  • Miller
  • Arie
4:06
15."Outro"Arie 1:17
16."Wonderful (Stevie Wonder Dedication)" (bonus track)
  • Arie
  • Cornelius Barnes
  • Batson
  • Batson
  • Arie
5:30

Sample credits

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
South Africa (RiSA)[27] Gold 25,000*
United States (RIAA)[12] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format
United States March 27, 2001 CD
United Kingdom October 22, 2001
Japan December 11, 2001
United States July 17, 2007 CD (special edition)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Tracks 1, 5, 9 and 15
  2. ^ Track 2
  3. ^ Tracks 3 and 7
  4. ^ Tracks 4–6, 12, 13 and 16
  5. ^ Tracks 7, 8 and 14; vocals on track 11
  6. ^ Tracks 8 and 11
  7. ^ Strings on track 10
  8. ^ a b Track 10

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Duffy, John. "Acoustic Soul – India.Arie". AllMusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
  2. ^ Hall, Rashaun. "India.Arie: Acoustic Soul". Billboard: 19. March 31, 2001.
  3. ^ "Acoustic Soul Review". Entertainment Weekly. March 30, 2001. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "India.Arie: Acoustic Soul". Mixmag: 179. June 2001.
  6. ^ a b "India Arie – Acoustic Soul CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  7. ^ Evans, Diana (2001-04-05). "Album Reviews – India.Arie : Acoustic Soul". NME. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
  8. ^ Bottomley, Maurice (2001-03-26). "India.Arie: Acoustic Soul". PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
  9. ^ Masuo, Sandy (2001-06-05). "India.Arie: Acoustic Soul : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  10. ^ "Old 97's No. 5; generic Sasha; 'Acoustic' India". USA Today: D.10. March 27, 2001.
  11. ^ Green, Tony (2001-07-03). "Who Isn't Jill Scott?". The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-08-12.
  12. ^ a b "American album certifications – India.Arie – Acoustic Soul". Recording Industry Association of America. December 17, 2003. Retrieved May 1, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  13. ^ "Australiancharts.com – India.Arie – Acoustic Soul". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "ARIA Urban Chart – Week Commencing 4th March 2002" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association (627): 19. March 4, 2002. Retrieved May 1, 2019 – via Pandora Archive.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – India.Arie – Acoustic Soul" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – India.Arie – Acoustic Soul" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  17. ^ "Charts.org.nz – India.Arie – Acoustic Soul". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – India.Arie – Acoustic Soul". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – India.Arie – Acoustic Soul". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  21. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  22. ^ "India.Arie Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  23. ^ "India.Arie Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2001". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  25. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2001". Billboard. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Urban Albums 2002". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved May 1, 2019.
  27. ^ "Mi2N: Music Divas & Rock Bands Top South African Certifications". Music Industry News Network. 2 May 2002.

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