Songs in A Minor [2003]

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/9/2003
  • Label: J-Records
  • UPC: 808132000291
  • Catalog Number: 20002

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano & I
  2. 2 Girlfriend
  3. 3 How Come You Don't Call Me
  4. 4 Fallin'
  5. 5 Troubles
  6. 6 Rock Wit U
  7. 7 A Woman's Worth
  8. 8 Jane Doe
  9. 9 Goodbye
  10. 10 The Life
  11. 11 Mr. Man
  12. 12 Never Felt This Way
  13. 13 Butterflyz
  14. 14 Why Do I Feel So Sad
  15. 15 Caged Bird
  16. 16 Lovin' U
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alicia Keys Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Green Background Vocals
Brian Cox Keyboards
Isaac Hayes fender rhodes
Russell Jackson Bass
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Cato Guitar
Norman Hedman Percussion
Tim Shider Bass
Arty White Guitar
Andricka Hall Background Vocals
Victor Flowers Bass
Arden Altino Keyboards
Tammy Saunders Background Vocals
Rich Good Bass, Upright Bass
Reggie Flowers Fills
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, Piano Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Joshua Thompson Composer
Tim Shider Contributor
Paul J. Falcone Engineer, drum programming
Kandi Burruss Composer
Anthony Nance drum programming
Warryn Campbell Composer
Kerry Brothers Composer
Peter Edge Executive Producer
Isaac Hayes Orchestra String Arrangements, Flute Arrangement
Gerry "The Gov" Brown Engineer
Alicia Keys Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, Instrumentation, Digital Programming, Keyboard Concepts
Arden Altino Producer
Tenisha Smith Composer
Erika Rose Composer
Chris Wood Engineer
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