Songs in A Minor [Expanded]

Songs in A Minor [Expanded]

by Alicia Keys


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Songs in A Minor [Expanded]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2002
Label: Imports
UPC: 0743219288929
catalogNumber: 868092
Rank: 158907

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
Joshua Thompson   Composer
Paul J. Falcone   Engineer,drum programming
Kandi Burruss   Composer
Gerry Brown   Engineer
Warryn Campbell   Composer
Kerry Brothers   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Remixing,drum programming,Digital Programming
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
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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