Label: Motown - B0006141-02 Format: CD Album Country: US Genre: Hip Hop, Funk / Soul Style: RnB/Swing, Neo Soul
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The former album, which perfectly blended the elements of the new-wave neo-soul movement, set a path for the latter, which featured a maturity that came with the seasoning of disappointment. Arie had fully grown into her skin, and learned how to fully enhance the correlation between her introspective lyrics and smooth musicality.
But with her new release, Testimony: The element that carries these tunes rests in her voice, which is glazed with the sultry honey that her immaculate idol Stevie Wonder taught her to refine through her childhood speakers. While her voice injects the songs with the serum to alleviate the bland, her musicality has managed to dip into a neutered space, with derivative chord progressions and cheesy instrumental inclinations. As she has done with her previous albums, Arie ties the record together with a musical theme, with several interludes plucking the same musical chord.
Arie knows album structure, having mastered it by this point in her career. Her main issue to resolve is content; many of her songs can be derivative easy listening, sacrificing her intelligence and talent for the sake of schmooze. The perfect case-in-point track is "Summer", featuring the country musings of Rascal Flatts and Victor Wooten.
Arie rides the groove mercilessly, but the conflict lies in the languid ambient drums and wispy guitar trills, causing the track to embrace corniness. Another track that suffers from this setback is "Better People", a wicka-wah smile-a-thon that sounds excessively upbeat, as if she does not realize how transparent she can make herself out to be.
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