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Alicia Keys worked with hitmakers Linda Perry and Swizz Beatz on her third and perhaps most innovative album to date. As I Am draws inspiration from a diverse sampling of music, including hip-hop, soul, rock, and classical and features the reggae-tinged first single "No One."
All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
By now established as a major and talented force in the mainstream music world, Alicia Keys has perhaps earned the right to explore a little, to venture into new genres while still keeping a foot firmly planted in the R&B
eo-soul she grew out of. On her third full-length, As I Am, Keys takes a step closer ...
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Alicia Keys worked with hitmakers Linda Perry and Swizz Beatz on her third and perhaps most innovative album to date. As I Am draws inspiration from a diverse sampling of music, including hip-hop, soul, rock, and classical and features the reggae-tinged first single "No One."
All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
By now established as a major and talented force in the mainstream music world, Alicia Keys has perhaps earned the right to explore a little, to venture into new genres while still keeping a foot firmly planted in the R&B
eo-soul she grew out of. On her third full-length, As I Am, Keys takes a step closer toward the soul revival popularized by John Legend, with full-band arrangements and bright horn hooks, only occasionally falling back into the piano/melisma combination that drove the singles off her first two albums. Instead, here, as evidenced in "No One" -- which sounds all too ready to take on a "reggae dance mix" -- the guitar-driven "I Need You," "Wreckless Love," or "Where Do We Go from Here," which pays tribute to both Stax and Motown "All I can do/Is follow the tracks of my tears," she sings, after a sample of Wendy Rene's "After Laughter [Comes Tears]" crackles through the first few bars, this is music that owes as much to pop as it does R&B, highlighted no less by the fact that the queen of radio rock herself, Linda Perry, co-writes three of the songs with Keys, including the straight-from-the-Stripped-sessions "The Thing About Love" and "Superwoman." It is on the latter, in fact, that Keys, unsurprisingly, turns furthest away from the style that brought her initial success more so even than on the John Mayer collabo, "Lesson Learned," which is actually not bad toward the generic-pop world, sliding in between corny and sincere, sometimes even in the same breath. "When I'm breaking down/And I can't be found/...'Cause no one knows/Me underneath these clothes/But I can fly/We can fly," she sings in the bridge, flatly. Keys has never been a brilliant lyricist, but she's always been able to write simple yet affective and honest words that don't seem trite, something that is forgotten here, and makes the track one of the weakest on the album. Fortunately, this doesn't happen too often, and as As I Am weaves its way through the drums and various keyboards and vocal harmonies that make up the backbone of her work here, punctuated by the great, hooky melodies and strings, you get the impression that this is in fact the sign of an artist who's not content to only follow the path that's brought her previous acclaim, an artist who's looking to find more, both about herself and her music, and an artist who carries these developments, these insights, with her. And so even though As I Am is a flawed work -- a little too poppy, a little too clichéd -- it is also indicative of what Keys can and will do, and that she is someone, thanks to her curiosity, intelligence, and natural talent, who will be able to mature and grow for years to come.
Rolling Stone - Robert Christgau
...the prevailing mood is reflectively soulful and the prevailing tempo mid.
Boston Globe - Sarah Rodman
Hip-hop rhythms, scratchy LP samples, bright Southern soul horns, and slices of funk still factor into the overall mix on tracks like "No One" and the dynamite Stevie Wonder-inspired tune "Go Ahead," the angry but controlled get-to-stepping opener.

...the prevailing mood is reflectively soulful and the prevailing tempo mid.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2007
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 886971151329
  • Catalog Number: 711513
  • Sales rank: 21,833

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alicia Keys Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Harpsichord, Vocals, Background Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron, Vocoder, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Synthesizer Strings
Harry Kim Trombone
Trevor Lawrence Percussion, Drums
Linda Perry Piano, Background Vocals
John Jubu Smith Guitar
David Stout Trumpet
Sean Hurley Bass Guitar
Mark Batson Piano, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, Moog Bass, Hammond B3
Rony Henry Guitar
David Ryan Harris Guitar
Darryl Dixon Alto Saxophone
Duane Eubanks Trumpet
Steve Jordan Drums
David Watson Tenor Saxophone
John Mayer Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Carl Maraghi Baritone Saxophone
Steve Mostyn Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar
L.C. Green Background Vocals
Ron Haney Guitar
Harold Lilly Background Vocals
Damon Fox Hammond Organ, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron, Hammond B3
Mark Robham Drums
Paul Ill Bass Guitar
Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson Background Vocals
Jack Splash Various
Ryan Keberle Tenor Trombone
Michael Dease Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone
John Salvatore Scaglione Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Jumaane Smith Trumpet
Jason Sugata French Horn
Peter Thorn Guitar
Mark Robohm Drums
Darryl Dixon Alto Saxophone
L. Green Background Vocals
Everette K. Harp Saxophone
Technical Credits
Paul Green Composer
Ray Chew Horn Arrangements
Dirty Harry Producer, Audio Production
Carl Hampton Composer
Manny Marroquin Engineer
Linda Perry Composer, Producer, Engineer
Tom Nixon Composer
Mark Batson Composer, Programming, Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Audio Production
Kim Biggs Art Direction
Alli Truch Art Direction
Mary Frierson Composer
David Kutch Mastering
Ann Mincieli Engineer
Kerry Brothers Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Audio Production
John Mayer Producer
Peter Edge Executive Producer
Steve Mostyn Composer
Alicia Keys Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Horn Arrangements, Concept, Audio Production, Vocal Producer
Chad Franscoviak Engineer
Ron Haney Composer
Marsha Ambrosius Composer
Harold Lilly Composer
Chris LeBeau Creative Producer
Jack Splash Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Jeanine McLean Griffin Management
Joseph Conrad Robinson Management
Jeff Robinson Executive Producer, Management
George M. Harry Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    alicia won of the best

    No words to decribe ....This great music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    alicya did her thing and ya'll all know it "wat wat''

    Haters can Hate and lovers can love and Love is all I got for this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    She has done it again! This album is amzaing. It's different from the first, but no worse! I've had it for 2 days, and I can't stop listening to it! She has done a great job with this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just keeps getting better

    This is Ms. Keys best CD to date. She definitely stays clear of a cookie-cutter sound which makes this CD in a class all by itself. The Linda Perry callob's are awesome and Alicia does a masterful job at blending R&B and rock. This is a must for any music lover's collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truely Amazing

    That song No One is one of the greatest songs of the year. Alicia Keys is so beautiful and talented. This album is a must have for relaxing and cruising the highways. Keep on doing what your doing Alicia. If you never heard of Alicia Keys I recommend that you grab all of her albums. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    She went so hard on this album and she still kept her style unlike these other singer or rappers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just gets better and better!

    This album is a great piece of work especially if you are looking for quality lyrics that matches great production! This album shows the range of versatility Alicia has! Can't wait til she goes on tour, you know her stage show is unmatched! Each album just gets better and better!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST ALBUM OF 2007 --PERIOD.

    This is as perfect as it gets. Alicia Keys has topped herself with this cd. This is musical artistry at its best and Alicia proves why she receives and deserves such accolades. The music ranges from beautiful love songs to gritty grooves, and always musically superior. If you were a big fan of her last cd "as I am, no pun intended!" then you will be very, very pleased with As I Am. It is her best release to date. Keep it up, Ms. Keys!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Alicia Keys just gets better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get prepared to be Amazed!!!!

    We all know that Alicia Keys is talented. But this latest collection of music on AS I AM....Honey, THAT'S A STATE-MENT!!!.... This album will never bore you. It is uplifting, deep, passionate, exciting and thankful all at the same time. And on many tracks she has ventured away from her comfort Zone and hits gold? Nah, Diamnond? Nah, Platinum? Hell yeah!!!. This is one album you can buy with your eyes clothes and don't worry about not having heard any of the tracks on it, which I doubt very much -I'd bet my mama you have- you will love every single song. And if you are one of those critics that finds fault with every new release out there but cant tell the difference between an A minor or a B flat, you will still find something to love on every track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a reviewer

    alicia keys is one of my favorite artists ... she has this voice that is so great..i really enjoy the song ''no one''..it a great love song for all those lovers out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I can't say that that I have been a fan of Alicia Keys but I am a fan of art. This song "No one" is the truest form of art that I have heard in a while. It is impactful, provocative, compelling and world class and it moved me to tears. I know that she states that her trip to Egypt moved her to write this song but I think I think other things in her life moved her to write and sing this song with such passion and conviction that it churns in my belly over and over. I hear you loud and clear. I am now a fan of Alicia. I love her and her work. It is diaphanous. I got the message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'No One' Sounds Like Alicia

    I'm a big fan of people who can really deliver a song, and Alicia is no exception. Not only is she beautiful but she is beyond talented. "No One" is a great song, and there's no doubting the rest of the album will be just as great!

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