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While teen pop divas Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera continue to pursue their belly-baring blonde ambitions, R&B ingénue Alicia Keys allows her music to speak for her. On her impressive debut, Songs in A Minor, the 20-year-old, classically trained pianist delivers a haunting, sophisticated mix of blues, soul, gospel, and jazz, all sung -- as the title suggests -- in the key of A minor. The New York-born phenom wrote, arranged, and produced the bulk of the disc's 16 tracks, which, despite her youth, resonate with the depth and maturity of a more seasoned artist. Several songs explore affairs of the heart, including the lead single, "Fallin'," a bluesy ode to ...
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Barnes & Noble - Brett Johnson
While teen pop divas Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera continue to pursue their belly-baring blonde ambitions, R&B ingénue Alicia Keys allows her music to speak for her. On her impressive debut, Songs in A Minor, the 20-year-old, classically trained pianist delivers a haunting, sophisticated mix of blues, soul, gospel, and jazz, all sung -- as the title suggests -- in the key of A minor. The New York-born phenom wrote, arranged, and produced the bulk of the disc's 16 tracks, which, despite her youth, resonate with the depth and maturity of a more seasoned artist. Several songs explore affairs of the heart, including the lead single, "Fallin'," a bluesy ode to the heartbreaking reality of unrequited love; "Girlfriend," which chugs along to a hip-hop break beat, and the piano-driven jaunts "Goodbye" and "How Come You Don't Call Me," a soulful Prince cover. In addition to her ruminations on love, Keys, like Destiny's Child did on "Survivor," pays homage to strong-willed sisterhood on the mid-tempo, moody soul of "A Woman's Worth." With lyrics such as "I know why the caged bird sings/Only joy comes from song," "Caged Bird" is perhaps the disc's most personal and revealing track. And with music as her muse, this lovely songbird has a harmonious future in song.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alicia Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its release in the summer of 2001, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth '70s soul, even a little Billie Holiday. In retrospect, it was the idea of Alicia Keys that was as attractive as the record, since soul fans were hungering for a singer/songwriter who seemed part of the tradition without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than Lauryn Hill. Keys was all that, and she had style to spare -- elegant, sexy style accentuated by how she never oversang, giving the music a richer feel. It was rich enough to compensate for some thinness in the writing -- though it was a big hit, "Fallin'" doesn't have much body to it -- which is a testament to Keys' skills as a musician. And, the fact is, even though there are some slips in the writing, there aren't many, and the whole thing remains a startling assured, successful debut that deserved its immediate acclaim and is already aging nicely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2001
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 808132000222
  • Catalog Number: 5003000

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano & I (1:52)
  2. 2 Girlfriend (3:34)
  3. 3 How Come You Don't Call Me (3:57)
  4. 4 Fallin' (3:30)
  5. 5 Troubles (4:28)
  6. 6 Rock Wit U (5:36)
  7. 7 A Woman's Worth (5:03)
  8. 8 Jane Doe (3:48)
  9. 9 Goodbye (4:20)
  10. 10 The Life (5:25)
  11. 11 Mr. Man (4:09)
  12. 12 Never Felt This Way (2:01)
  13. 13 Butterflyz (4:08)
  14. 14 Why Do I Feel So Sad (4:25)
  15. 15 Caged Bird (3:02)
  16. 16 Lovin' U (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alicia Keys Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Musician
Brian McKnight Musician
Paul Green Background Vocals
Brian Cox Keyboards
Isaac Hayes fender rhodes
Russell Jackson Bass
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
John Peters Organ
Cato Guitar
Norman Hedman Percussion
Tim Shider Bass
Kandi Burruss Background Vocals
Arty White Guitar
Andricka Hall Background Vocals
Victor Flowers Bass
Richie Goods Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Prince Composer
Brian McKnight Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Jimmy Cozier Composer
Clive Davis Executive Producer
Jermaine Dupri Composer, Producer
Brian Frye Engineer
Isaac Hayes String Arrangements, Flute Arrangement
Acar S. Key Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Joshua Thompson Composer
Cato Concept
Rick St. Hillaire Engineer
Yussi Allie Art Direction
Kandi Burruss Arranger, Composer, Producer
Anthony Nance drum programming
Warryn Campbell Composer
Kerry Brothers Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Digital Programming, Production Concept
Peter Edge Executive Producer
Kandi Arranger, Producer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Engineer
Alicia Keys Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, Remixing, Instrumentation, Digital Programming, Keyboard Concepts
Tenisha Smith Composer
Erika Rose Composer
Chris Wood Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Substance

    A keys has sketched out her own path on talent alone in a music industry where everyone use,s a gimmick rather its taking off your clothes or losing weight see beyonce and ashanti,she,s a cut above the rest>>>>the best modern day bill holiday

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible!!!!!

    The first time I heard the song "Fallen" on the radio I just had to know who sang this and I went out and bought the cd. She is truly an incredible performer. Her voice is awesome, the music in her soul truly comes through. I just love the whole cd. And now I have #2 The Diary of Alicia Keys. I bought it the day of release and I'll tell you it was worth the wait. She has done it again!!! Another great cd! Thanks Alicia! Love ya!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I finlay found some one i like and can sing like!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS GIRL IS AMAZING!!!!!

    Track 16 "Lovin U" is my husband and I's song. It is so beautiful. Ms. Keys is so full of soul; she blows me away every time I hear this album. This is definitely not one to pass up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    profound artist

    I wonder if she knows the impact she could potentially have on music generally. She is a talented individual. Her music is beautifully arranged and a blend of old and new perfectly melting togther. I only hope she will read what i am writing and allow it sink into who she is. She must continue to allow the old to be blended into her music meaning classical,jazz with her modern take. Few artists do this. She is like wine u keep drinking and are waiting for more!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Song Bird in the Key of Life

    I went to an Alicia Keys concert in the summer of 2001. Alicia Keys is truly the definitive artist, the queen of magnificent rhythm and beat in the key of life, and truly, the unique and original artists that has her own stage to soar and fly in the music industry. Unlike the over annoying and desperate-attention-booty swinging-whiney spitting blondes like Britney Spears, who whiplashes beauty but no talent or rhythm in her music, and Christina, who is quite a singer but too provacative and over driven in trying to get attention as a rebel, this songbird has more than beauty, but she has a mind, a gift that rarely comes in the face of the music industry. Her lyrics lets the piano in her voice and at her fingertips speak places of life, broken love, the affairs of a heart made of glass, powerful soul, and magnificent power and hip hop beats in the key of harmony. This woman is a preacher, a songstress that chants in her own key, following no other attention getting artists that works more for the media than for the music and the fans. She's just Ms. Alicia Keys, on her way to do great things for the people by the light of her love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great album!

    this album blew me away the first time i listened to it.she has such a beautiful voice and she is a great songwriter.there are so many great songs on the album i can't choose a favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure Magic Through Words and Music

    Alicia Keys is one of my favorite artists because she's individual and writes her own music. She sings what she feels, like in the song "Lovin' U" she tells how she feels about someone she loves, or in the song "Troubles" when she tells of how people, including herself, are so troubled by what happens in the real world. My favorite song on her album is "Butterflyz" where she tells that her lover gives her "Butterflies/got me flyin' so high in the sky/I can't control the butterflies". Just get the album if you like slow grooves, happenin' beats, and awesome piano playing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely Amazing!

    Songs in A Minor is great. It's my favorite CD and she deserves kudos for it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overrated and a Waste of money

    I give it 2 stars for some lyrical content. Just another sample ridden cd with a mediocre singer. This one just can play keyboards. A big disappoinment. She did do a good job with How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore (written and originally recorded by Prince).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If possibe, give it 10 stars!!!!

    Hey, this album is off the hook!It mixes acoustic soul with some off the wall piano playin' and a dab of slammin' voice and you get a great musician. This one is definetly here to stay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hello

    hi its great song for alicia keys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Cd Alicia

    Alicia I love this title because you are writing songs in a minor. I especially Love Goodbye. So Keep up the Good work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    she plays music

    any good lover of music, either pop,r&b, pure soul or jazz lovers, will actually appreciate the gift this beautiful young star is endowed with. The way she plays the piano,the mix of the instruments and the blends of her voice which is extremely unique is captulating that you lose yourself in the word music. You will appreciate what I am saying if you would just listen to that track 'I wanna rock with you'. Other of tracks most beautiful to hear are Fallin and A woman's worth. I am already a fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music from an Angel

    I think that when Alicia plays her piano, that's what really gets her music going and it makes her sing incredibly and her voice is impossible to try to imitate. This album may be one of the best in the new millenium.She has an extrodinary voice and it's good she is not letting it go to waste.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An awesome debut

    This is a great debut CD that really showcases Alicia's natural talents. There is nothing fake in the music, it's all pure sound. Every track is beautifully done, some mellow and others taking on a more hip-hop rhythm. I would recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates true talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alicia Keys - Ultimate Diva!!

    This is one of the best CD's I've ever heard. It is filled with some serious soul music. I would recommend this CD to anyone. Alicia Keys is a wonderful singer, songwriter, and pianist. Buy this CD!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    #1 Fan

    Alisha Keys has been my #1 fan since I first herd her. She has a great voice and a great attitude. I just love Alisha Keys!!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ALBUM IS HOT

    I THINK ALICIA KEYS ALBUM SONGS IN A MINOR IS HOT TO DEAF. SHE COMES WITH SOME BANGIN' LYRICS AND IT'S REAL. I CAN'T WAIT FOR HER NEXT ALBUM.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the down info

    it's an amazing cd and everyone should hear alica's wonderful voice

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