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India.Arie: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

John Aizlewood, The Guardian, 12 April 2002

IN 1997, Erykah Badu's emergence briefly heralded a flurry of female acoustic soul singers. They dressed badly, enjoyed the smell of incense on stage and sang of vague hippie spirituality. Badu and her most derivative acolytes disappeared into self-indulgence, but Atlanta's India Arie was always a more complex case.

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