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Songs in A Minor

Songs in A Minor

4.9 77
by Alicia Keys

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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,


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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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Alicia Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its release in the summer of 2001, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth '70s soul, even a little Billie Holiday. In retrospect, it was the idea of Alicia Keys that was as attractive as the record, since soul fans were hungering for a singer/songwriter who seemed part of the tradition without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than Lauryn Hill. Keys was all that, and she had style to spare -- elegant, sexy style accentuated by how she never oversang, giving the music a richer feel. It was rich enough to compensate for some thinness in the writing -- though it was a big hit, "Fallin'" doesn't have much body to it -- which is a testament to Keys' skills as a musician. And, the fact is, even though there are some slips in the writing, there aren't many, and the whole thing remains a startling assured, successful debut that deserved its immediate acclaim and is already aging nicely.

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Performance Credits

Alicia Keys   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Brian McKnight   Musician
Paul Green   Background Vocals
Brian Cox   Keyboards
Isaac Hayes   fender rhodes
Russell Jackson   Bass
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
John Peters   Organ
Cato   Guitar
Norman Hedman   Percussion
Tim Shider   Bass
Kandi Burruss   Background Vocals
Arty White   Guitar
Andricka Hall   Background Vocals
Victor Flowers   Bass
Richie Goods   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass

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
Joshua Thompson   Composer
Cato   Concept
Rick St. Hillaire   Engineer
Yussi Allie   Art Direction
Kandi Burruss   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Anthony Nance   drum programming
Warryn Campbell   Composer
Kerry Brothers   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Digital Programming,Production Concept
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Kandi   Arranger,Producer
Gerry "The Gov" Brown   Engineer
Alicia Keys   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Remixing,Instrumentation,Digital Programming,Keyboard Concepts
Tenisha Smith   Composer
Erika Rose   Composer
Chris Wood   Engineer

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Songs in A Minor 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from start 2 finish the album waS pretty damn good she wrote the entire album and words like thaT coming from someone of her age is reAlly a testiment 2 her musical talent. i personally enjoyed hearing her play the piano more than anything and one of my favoRite songs on the album is ''troubled''. -reed-
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is one of best albums of the year!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Songs in A Minor is great. It's my favorite CD and she deserves kudos for it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's an amazing cd and everyone should hear alica's wonderful voice
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alicia Keys is one of my favorite artists because she's individual and writes her own music. She sings what she feels, like in the song "Lovin' U" she tells how she feels about someone she loves, or in the song "Troubles" when she tells of how people, including herself, are so troubled by what happens in the real world. My favorite song on her album is "Butterflyz" where she tells that her lover gives her "Butterflies/got me flyin' so high in the sky/I can't control the butterflies". Just get the album if you like slow grooves, happenin' beats, and awesome piano playing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The smooth sound had me hooked the first time i listened. I really liked this Cd I recomend this cd to anyone who likes the R&B sound and songs that talk about the real deal. you'll have this one in your cd player all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome cd. I'm a stay at home mom who hasn't bought a cd since quitting my job 3 years ago. I couldn't resist buying this one after seeing the MTV awards. LOVE IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give it 2 stars for some lyrical content. Just another sample ridden cd with a mediocre singer. This one just can play keyboards. A big disappoinment. She did do a good job with How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore (written and originally recorded by Prince).
Guest More than 1 year ago
hi its great song for alicia keys
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alicia I love this title because you are writing songs in a minor. I especially Love Goodbye. So Keep up the Good work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd!!! Is in one of the best out there right now. Alicia Keys is a very talented artist that you could probably expect much more from in the future. And the fact that she wrote all the songs expect the ''Prince'' remake makes it even better. The cd is on a personal note and I can relate to it sooooo much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alicia Keys is by far the best R&B artist out there, with her debut album ''Songs in A Minor.'' In my opinion, the Fallin remix is better then the first one, and it really sucks that it isnt on the cd, but that's okay, cause its still a great song. A Womans Worth is really good to, and the intro. There really isn't a bad song on there, they're all worth listening to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think she is pure talent and will go far in her career. I think her music touches all age groups. I love her song ''FALLIN''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alicia is DA BOMB. The songs are very smooth and soulful and very well written. It's very refreshing to hear such quality music in an industry full of over-saturated bubble gum.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went to an Alicia Keys concert in the summer of 2001. Alicia Keys is truly the definitive artist, the queen of magnificent rhythm and beat in the key of life, and truly, the unique and original artists that has her own stage to soar and fly in the music industry. Unlike the over annoying and desperate-attention-booty swinging-whiney spitting blondes like Britney Spears, who whiplashes beauty but no talent or rhythm in her music, and Christina, who is quite a singer but too provacative and over driven in trying to get attention as a rebel, this songbird has more than beauty, but she has a mind, a gift that rarely comes in the face of the music industry. Her lyrics lets the piano in her voice and at her fingertips speak places of life, broken love, the affairs of a heart made of glass, powerful soul, and magnificent power and hip hop beats in the key of harmony. This woman is a preacher, a songstress that chants in her own key, following no other attention getting artists that works more for the media than for the music and the fans. She's just Ms. Alicia Keys, on her way to do great things for the people by the light of her love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like her. She is just one great artist that will not fade away quickly. Her voice, her hair,her face and the style she has is just great! I like her music and I think that it will make a big difference of some sort in the near future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a die hard fanatic of the soft-jazzy, bluesy music genre. For the longest time, Sade has quenched my thirst, but never my thirst for something totally new until her new album. Alicia Keys is drowning me right now in that goodness with her own release ''Songs in A Minor''. She'll go very far indeed (see Sade). Thank heaven.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Alecia Keys is just what the music world needed now.Her soulful music brings something fresh to our sometimes monotonous world. Alecia's songs definately come from the depths of her soul and I can certainly relate to her lyrics.What I admire most about Alecia is her uniqueness, she is not afraid to be herself and do what she loves. Alecia is definately a positive role model for young women today and she deserves all the rewards she is receiving now and even more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD was great and I enjoyed it. You can feel what she felt when she wrote it. She is a talented person and she will go nowhere but up. I loved the CD and her personality and her style. She teaches a lot of lessons through her music. You can tell that her music is her way of releasing her stress. She probably feels more comfortable with herself singing. Her CD has all kinds of different types of music. I personally like all of the songs because they all resemble different parts of me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alicia Keys is a young artist on the verge of breaking through the charts. She uses her soulful voice and artistry with the piano to express feelings of love, hurt, and joy throughout her c.d. ''Songs in A Minor'' is a c.d. that does not succumb to the standards of today's genre of music, instead she uses her own style of music from the heart and life experiences to make a compelling c.d. with wonderful music. Her music does not compare to the artists of today; even though she is so young, her music screams maturity and experience. ''Songs In A Minor'' is a c.d. that can be listened to by a multitude of people. Almost anyone who has been heartbroken or in love can relate to the words from her debut single ''Fallin'.''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where did Alecia keys come from? This is what we have been needed for the music entertainment in years she will definately make me want to go out and buy her album. She has fenominal vocal capabilities, sounding almost angelical, and not to mention those enticing eyes along with her stunning visage. She is unquestionably an individual to watch out for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best CD's I've ever heard. It is filled with some serious soul music. I would recommend this CD to anyone. Alicia Keys is a wonderful singer, songwriter, and pianist. Buy this CD!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this debut album, Alicia Keys shines her vocal and instrumental talents. As a 20 yr. old, she is definitely off to a good start. Every song on this cd is full of jazz and R&B...she sings with so much feeling. I definitely recommend buying this cd.