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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 ...
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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 - Jon Azpiri
Like Erykah Badu and other neo-soul artists that have followed her, Alicia Keys is trying to redefine modern R&B by injecting it with jazz and blues. In Songs in A Minor, Keys accomplishes her goal with poise and skill. The highlight of the album is "Fallin'," the debut single that features a haunting piano and strings arrangement reminiscent of James Brown's classic "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." Keys' piano work on "Butterflies" and "Goodbye" is equally impressive, as is her flare for up-tempo numbers such as "Jane Doe." [Songs in A Minor was re-released in mid-2002 and featured two remixes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2002
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 743219288929
  • Catalog Number: 92889

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano & I (1:51)
  2. 2 Girlfriend (3:35)
  3. 3 How Come You Don't Call Me (3:57)
  4. 4 Fallin' (3:30)
  5. 5 Troubles (4:29)
  6. 6 Rock Wit U (5:37)
  7. 7 A Woman's Worth (5:03)
  8. 8 Jane Doe (3:49)
  9. 9 Goodbye (4:20)
  10. 10 The Life (5:26)
  11. 11 Mr. Man (4:09)
  12. 12 Never Felt This Way (2:01)
  13. 13 Butterflyz (4:09)
  14. 14 Why Do I Feel So Sad (4:26)
  15. 15 Caged Bird (3:02)
  16. 16 Fallin' (4:15)
  17. 17 A Woman's Worth (10:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alicia Keys Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Paul Green Background Vocals
Busta Rhymes Track Performer
Brian Cox Keyboards
Isaac Hayes fender rhodes
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
John Peters Organ
Cato Guitar
Norman Hedman Percussion
Tim Shider Bass
Alberto de Almar Guitar
Arty White Guitar
Andricka Hall Background Vocals
Victor Flowers Bass
Richie Goods Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Rich Good Bass, Upright Bass
Reggie Flowers Fills
Erika Rose Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ludwig van Beethoven Composer
Prince Composer
Tony Black Engineer
Brian McKnight Composer
Jimmy Cozier Composer
Clive Davis Executive Producer
Jermaine Dupri Composer, Producer
Brian Frye Engineer
John Gore Management
Isaac Hayes String Arrangements, Flute Arrangement
Acar S. Key Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Joshua Thompson Composer
Paul J. Falcone Engineer, drum programming
Kandi Burruss Composer
Warryn Campbell Composer
Kerry Brothers Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing, drum programming, Digital Programming
Peter Edge Executive Producer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Engineer
Alicia Keys Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Remixing, Digital Programming
Tenisha Smith Composer
Erika Rose Composer
Joseph Conrad Robinson Management
Chris Wood Engineer
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