As I Am

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
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 clich├ęd -- 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: 886971733822
  • Catalog Number: 717338
  • Sales rank: 152,390

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 As I Am (1:52)
  2. 2 Go Ahead (4:35)
  3. 3 Superwoman (4:34)
  4. 4 No One (4:13)
  5. 5 Like You'll Never See Me Again (5:15)
  6. 6 Lesson Learned (4:13)
  7. 7 Wreckless Love (3:52)
  8. 8 The Thing About Love (3:49)
  9. 9 Teenage Love Affair (3:10)
  10. 10 I Need You (5:09)
  11. 11 Where Do We Go from Here (4:10)
  12. 12 Prelude to a Kiss (2:07)
  13. 13 Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise) (4:28)
  14. 14 Sure Looks Good to Me (7:03)
  15. 15 The Show: Episode 1 (Horns)/Episode II (Drums)
  16. 16 No One
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Album Credits

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