The Diary of Alicia Keys [Bonus DVD]

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Alicia Keys made one of the most startling debuts of 2001 with the Grammy-winning Songs in A Minor, which introduced a raw, 20-something talent exploring R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. While haters called the disc wildly overpraised, many more devotees made it a multiplatinum smash. Her much more accomplished follow-up, The Diary of Alicia Keys, should put an end to all arguments between naysayers and fans. Suffused with a deep soul vibe, the disc capitalizes on the Harlem-born prodigy's gifts in every way. Start with the single "You Don't Know My Name," a mid-tempo burner of the kind seldom heard these days, which boasts a spoken interlude that's a perfectly timed ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Alicia Keys made one of the most startling debuts of 2001 with the Grammy-winning Songs in A Minor, which introduced a raw, 20-something talent exploring R&B, hip-hop, and jazz. While haters called the disc wildly overpraised, many more devotees made it a multiplatinum smash. Her much more accomplished follow-up, The Diary of Alicia Keys, should put an end to all arguments between naysayers and fans. Suffused with a deep soul vibe, the disc capitalizes on the Harlem-born prodigy's gifts in every way. Start with the single "You Don't Know My Name," a mid-tempo burner of the kind seldom heard these days, which boasts a spoken interlude that's a perfectly timed emotional payoff in an R&B sea of lame "intros," "outtros," and skits, Keys shows how it's done. Keys may have ushered in a wave of neo-soul with her Grammy wins, but few retro crooners try on as many '70s styles so successfully. She invokes gospel, piano blues, Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and the Isley Brothers -- even her collaboration with Timbaland, "Heartburn," is a note-perfect send-up of blaxploitation soundtracks. Keys doesn't rely on old-school sounds to signal her authenticity, however; her strikingly emotive vocals the "If I Was Your Woman" remake is shades of, dare we say it, Mary J. Blige and sensitive co-productions with Kerry "Krucial" Brothers do that. Only one clunker, the Lord of the Rings–decked "Dragon Days," tries too hard. Everywhere else, the piquant orchestrations and muscular funk make for a right-as-rain backdrop to Keys's romantic musings. It's easy to forget that she is accompanying herself on piano, as Aretha did, until she tosses off some virtuosic run or short, classically inspired instrumental. While Alicia Keys draws inspiration from the past, with Diary she can look forward to a long and promising career.
Rolling Stone
It's a stunner, a blend of hip-hop with warmth and feeling...as well as instant soul classics that invoke the best of Seventies AM radio. The single, "You Don't Know My Name" even revives the good old spoken interlude, in a phone call to a crush. Jancee Dunn
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828766326321
  • Catalog Number: 663263
  • Sales rank: 326,687

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Harlem's Nocturne (1:43)
  2. 2 Karma (4:16)
  3. 3 Heartburn (3:28)
  4. 4 If I Was Your Woman/Walk on By (3:06)
  5. 5 You Don't Know My Name (6:06)
  6. 6 If I Ain't Got You (3:48)
  7. 7 Diary (4:44)
  8. 8 Dragon Days (4:36)
  9. 9 Wake Up (4:27)
  10. 10 So Simple (3:49)
  11. 11 When You Really Love Someone (4:09)
  12. 12 Feeling U, Feeling Me (2:07)
  13. 13 Slow Down (4:18)
  14. 14 Samsonite Man (4:12)
  15. 15 Nobody Not Really (5:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Diary
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alicia Keys Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, Track Performer, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Piano
Artie "Blues Boy" White Guitar
Sanford Allen Violin, Concert Master
Elijah Baker Bass
Julien Barber Violin, Viola
Katreese Barnes Background Vocals
Pablo Batista Percussion
Fred Cash Bass
Robert Chausow Viola
Ray Chew Conductor
Barry Finclair Viola
Eileen Folson Cello
Stanley Hunte Violin
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Timothy Christian Riley Piano
Joe Romano Horn
John Jubu Smith Guitar
Peter Vanderwater Violin, Viola
Willie Weeks Bass
Carl Wheeler Organ, Wurlitzer
D'Wayne Wiggins Bass, Guitar, Sitar
Richard Brice Viola
Avril Brown Violin
Artie Reynolds Bass
Dale Stuckenbruck Violin
Maxine Roach Viola
Melissa Meel Cello
Marisol Espada Cello
Marion Pinheiro Violin
Darryl Dixon Horn
Alexander Vselensky Violin
Caryl Paisner Cello
Ronnie Drayton Guitar
Kwame Touré (Stokely Carmichael) Background Vocals
Xin Zhao Violin
Andre Harris Multi Instruments, Track Performer
Onree Gill Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Arcel Vickers Organ
Lori Miller Violin
Kerry Brothers Drums, Multi Instruments
Andricka Hall Background Vocals
Steve Jordan Drums
David Watson Flute, Horn, Saxophone
Vidal Davis Multi Instruments, Track Performer
Kurt Briggs Violin
Steve Rodriguez Bass
Rich Harrison Multi Instruments
L.C. Green Background Vocals
Paul Alexandre John Drums
Harold Lilly Background Vocals
Steven John Bass
Sharief Hobley Guitar
Gwendolyn Laster Violin
Jerimiah "Jermaine" Paul Background Vocals
Ricky Quinones Guitar
John Legend Background Vocals
Erika Rose Background Vocals
Taneisha Smith Background Vocals
Kumasi Synthesizer
Technical Credits
Burt Bacharach Composer
J.R. Bailey Composer
Tony Black Engineer
Sam Hopkins Composer
Easy Mo Bee Producer, Digital Programming
Ray Chew String Arrangements, String Conductor
Hal David Composer
Melvin Kent Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Pam Sawyer Composer
D'Wayne Wiggins Producer
Sam West Engineer
Timbaland Producer
Alli Art Direction
Andre Harris Composer, Producer
Ann Mincieli Engineer
Kanye West Composer, Producer
Kerry Brothers Producer, Engineer, Contributor, Digital Programming
Vidal Davis Composer, Producer
Peter Edge Executive Producer
Rich Harrison Composer, Producer
Alicia Keys Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements
L.C. Green Composer
Harold Lilly Composer
Vincent Dilorenzo Engineer
Chris LeBeau Artwork
Wouri Vice Assistant Hair Stylist
Candice Nelson Composer
Al Schoonmaker Copy
Erika Rose Composer
Taneisha Smith Composer
Jeff Robinson Executive Producer
Kumasi Producer, Digital Programming
Walter Millsap Composer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alicia Keys Is The Bomb

    The Song Heartburn is the best Dancing Song I have ever danced to in a long time cause i was at a dance recital and they did a awsome dance to heatburn Dang!!!! that dance just took the roof off so go out there and Buy Diary Of Alicia Keys you will be glad you did

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding

    This album is great. All its songs have a different rythm and feel to them that makes you feel confortable maybe because the artist is revealing herself and it is a personal record where the artist is opening up. This album deserves a two thumbs up!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alicia, this girl is rockin' it!!!!

    Alicia Keys started out as an inspiration to me from the very beginning. This album has amazing lyrics, vocals and piano chords. She couldn't have done any better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A stunning record

    It used to come along once a year, now may be every other year if we're lucky: a stunning timeless record you can recommend to anyone. This is it. This is the one for 2002-2003. Alicia's 2nd album has it all. A beautiful mix between 70's R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop and contemporary R&B production. The single "You don't know my name" is a perfect indicator what else you can expect on the album. Perhaps it doesn't contain such wide spread radio singles such as "Fallin" but in her sophemore effort, Keys delivers a steady bunch of songs beautifully crafted and nicely flowing into one another. The quality of the songs are so even that ultimately I regard it as a better effort than her debut. Diary goes deeper than "songs in A Minor". The quality of her songs remains so steady that it leaves you wondering where it all comes from. This twenty something performer obviously doesn't only know how to play the piano and how to sing, her (co-) writing skills are just as memorable. Listening to Diary for a moment I thought I was in the 70's, then back in the 00's, etc. These days every self respecting R&B performer has a song on their album produced by Timbaland or the Neptunes. This is the weakest spot on "Diary". The album starts off with a nice short piano intro, the 2nd track is hardly memorable and the 3rd track is the upbeat Timbaland production. Even though the song sounds nice, with excellent rythm and percussion, it doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the album. As of track number 4 ("If I was your woman") Keys doesn't stop to amaze you all the way to track 15. Talking ("You don't know my name"), singing, belting and playing piano. It is clear Alicia Keys is a staying power. Please give us more of this. She makes all early twenty boppers such as Britney Spears look like plastic nobody-has-beens. Her quality is truly rare!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Old Soul...

    I love this album from the beginning to the very end. I have been a fan from the door and she has not dissapointed with this one. I love the way she incorporates the Old school sound into her own style without overdoing it! If you have a love for authentic music along with beautiful vocals ( not too mention the entertaining DVD) then pick this up...quickly!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alicia Keys is sooooo cool.

    Alicia Keys is so cool, she visited my sick brother in the hospital once. she's like, a national treasure. Her new cd Diary of Alicia Keys is like, totally jive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS IS A CLASSIC

    THIS ALBUM IS BEAUTIFUL, INTELLECTUAL, AND A CLASSIC.... MS. KEYS IS A WONDERFUL ARTIST.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alicia Keys Hits the Right Note

    There was no doubt in my mind, after the success of "Songs In A Minor", that Alicia Keys would make a sound sophomore set. Her talent is a true gift. Unlike so many female artists who use their bodies as a marketing tool, her skill as a classically-trained pianist puts the exclamation point at the end of the statement: Now that's real music!("Harlem's Nocturne" is an impressive composition.) While the first single, "You Don't Know My Name", is still burning up the airwaves, buy this CD now and listen to track number six, "If I Ain't Got You", (one of my faves). Far beyond any of the bump-n-grind, you-cheated-on-me lyrics that saturate the airwaves today, A. Keys hits the right note with meaningful lyrics and a soulful sound.

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