VH1 Storytellers

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
First aired ten days prior to the release of Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys' VH1 Storytellers program featured six songs. While this set expands the set to 11 songs, it does not present the full performance. Heavy editing was involved; certain portions of Keys' dialogue re hacked up, crowd noise is unnaturally lowered and raised in volume, and there is little evident effort to make the songs flow. Keys' first words here, the lead-in to "No One," are "We were at the end of the album, and it was finished, and…" -- so it provokes the feeling of walking into the venue as the gig is in progress. Furthermore, much of her intro to the following "Brand New Me" was cut. For all its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
First aired ten days prior to the release of Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys' VH1 Storytellers program featured six songs. While this set expands the set to 11 songs, it does not present the full performance. Heavy editing was involved; certain portions of Keys' dialogue re hacked up, crowd noise is unnaturally lowered and raised in volume, and there is little evident effort to make the songs flow. Keys' first words here, the lead-in to "No One," are "We were at the end of the album, and it was finished, and…" -- so it provokes the feeling of walking into the venue as the gig is in progress. Furthermore, much of her intro to the following "Brand New Me" was cut. For all its choppiness, VH1 Storytellers is enjoyably off-the-cuff, with Keys' anecdotes (including an extended tale about the making of "You Don't Know My Name") and remarks ("I love an acoustic guitar!") often delivered as she and her band are playing. The five songs that didn't air are relevant, including a hot "Fallin'" that could have easily been overcooked, and an "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" that packs a heavier rhythmic punch than the studio version. Ironically, this is less showy than 2005's Unplugged, and it's better for it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 888837263122
  • Catalog Number: 372631
  • Sales rank: 32,415

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alicia Keys Primary Artist
Jermaine Parrish Band
Miles Robertson Band
Hanan Rubinstein Band
Alfred Carly Band
Tony Hauser Staging
Whitney Keaton Band
Raphael Smith Band
Technical Credits
J.R. Bailey Composer
Dr. Dre Composer
Sean Carter Composer
Alex Coletti Director, Producer
Bert Keyes Composer
Salaam Remi Composer
Sylvia Robinson Composer
Bill Flanagan Executive Producer
Frank Micelotta Cover Photo
David Kutch Mastering
Kanye West Composer
Kerry Brothers Composer
Alicia Keys Composer
Ken Williams Composer
Allen Kelman Producer
Harold Lilly Composer
Rick Krim Executive Producer
Kasseem Dean Composer
Patrick "Plain Pat" Reynolds Composer
Angela Hunte Composer
Andre Brissett Composer
Jeff Bhasker Composer
Noah Shebib Composer
Mel Kent Composer
Lee Rolontz Executive Producer
Emeli Sandé Composer
Al Shuckburgh Composer
George M. Harry Composer
Janeït Sewell-Ulepic Composer
Billy Squire Composer
Trevor Lawrence Jr. Composer
Amber Streeter Composer
Kristin Lum Art Direction
Kevin Largent Production Design
Aubrey Graham Composer
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