India.Arie Testimony: Vol1, Life & Relationship (Motown) Perhaps because she's black you'll find singer-songwriter India.Arie in the urban section of your local record store. But abandon all thoughts of New York City, grit, subway graffiti and foul language. This is easy listening on something approaching a Richard Clayderman scale. India.Arie has chosen heartbreak as the dominant theme of this third studio outing and, at 21, feels qualified to bang on about it in the sleeve notes, setting up the sometimes introspectively droopy collection that follows. And although he's not listed in any of the song credits, God apparently had a lot to do with the record. His must be the cheerful-sounding bits. India.Arie is variously described as an R&B and neo-soul singer (whatever that is), but she's not that easy to classify. Rap, soul, jazz and a whiff of funk all poke through, but the feeling persists that she's performing well within her limits. She lacks the torque and horsepower of a Joan Armatrading or a Tracy Chapman, seeming content to trundle along in second gear, handbrake on, smoke trailing. Even the presence on one track of Bonnie Raitt, who perhaps walked into the wrong studio during recording, fails to persuade India.Arie to give it some revs. What she does do is a passable impression of Stevie Wonder on I Choose, and it's no surprise to learn that she has recorded with the soul singer. Beneath the blandness there are attempts, however naive, to evaluate some significant themes: racism, discrimination and forgiveness in the memorably titled single I Am Not My Hair. A startling outbreak of Jackson 5-style exuberance on Better People is pleasantly confusing, but normal service is soon resumed and India.Arie meanders back into the slow lane. And then parks.