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As I Am [Enhanced]

Alicia Keys Audio CD
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1. As I Am (Intro)
2. Go Ahead
3. Superwoman
4. No One
5. Like You'll Never See Me Again
6. Lesson Learned
7. Wreckless Love
8. The Thing About Love
9. Teenage Love Affair
10. I Need You
11. Where Do We Go From Here
12. Prelude To a Kiss
13. Tell You Something
14. Sure Looks Good To Me

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Japanese two CD pressing of the 2007 release from the R&B/Pop diva featuring a bonus CD containing four tracks: 'Waiting For Your Love', 'Hurt So Bad', 'Superwoman' (Live) and 'No One' (Curtis Lynch Reggae Remix). As I Am is Alicia's most innovative album to date, a collection of music with no boundaries. Influenced by everything from Hip Hop to Soul to Rock to Classical music, As I Am is every bit a sense of rebellion and empowerment. Features collaborations with some of the biggest hit makers in music (Linda Perry, Jack Splash, Mark Batson, Swizz Beats and Kerry Brothers) and includes the first single 'No One.'

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By the time this long-awaited album saw its release date, most fans had probably read at least a couple of interviews with Alicia Keys in which she explained that first single, "No One"--a firestorm of a song clearly born of a sore heart and steeped in serious soul-searching, was about her decision to retreat from the obligations of stardom when she found out a loved one was in need of her care. The anecdote sticks not just because it explained the song so well--you can actually hear the pain, commitment, and determination in her sultry voice--but because it gets at what makes the woman behind the music so appealing. There's only one way R&B artists grow to become legends, and it's by drenching the words they sing with feeling (think Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack). The skeptical listener might have had her doubts before As I Am, but there's no mistaking it now: Alicia Keys is well on her way to sharing a category with them. This record radiates not just old-soul maturity, the kind Alicia fans say makes her modern rarity, but real soul. Vintage-leaning hooks and horns grab hold on "Where Do We Go from Here" and an assortment of other songs, but Keys can also get by just fine without them, as she proves on more pop-flavored numbers like "Lesson Learned," with John Mayer, and "Superwoman." The genres may be smearing, she seems to say, but bring them on: she won't shrink back. Her commitment is not to a single style but to what's stirring her soul. Because of it, she's moving R&B, or something like it, from the hips back to the heart. --Tammy La Gorce

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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, oddly old-fashioned album. Nov. 14 2007
By Karl
Format:Audio CD
Although she is only 27, in many ways Keys comes across as a proud throwback: a soul singer in the era of abbreviated R&B hooks.
She writes and produces her own songs with various collaborators.
She is an accomplished keyboardist and a singer who needs no electronic assistance.
With "As I Am", she returns to a purer, more traditional soul sound, ranging from from the anthemic single "No One" and the title track --which harnesses her romantic piano style to a punchy hip-hop drum programme -- to the sweet, caramel-smooth "Tell You Something" to the powerful, raw-voiced anthems "Go Ahead" and "Superwoman".
The latter -- in which she channels every great diva who has ever asserted the power of woman -- draws on gospel and the Beatles, moving from uncertainty to determination. It's a reminder, she says, to herself. "Even when I'm out, and I'm just a mess, and everything's not great, and I'm struggling to figure out what is what" she says, "I'm still a superwoman".
Much of this album feels like a deliberate homage to the best of mainstream Seventies and Eighties soul, with a pop-savvy modern edge contributed by co-producer Linda Perry.
In place of former hip-hop and the urban influences on "The Diary of Alicia Keys", which featured collaboration with rappers Nas and Rakim , she has brought in blues maestro John Mayer, who complements her neatly on the wry, piano-heavy "Lesson Learned".
Alicia Keys has never offered private details in her songs. Her hits, like "A Woman's Worth" and '"f I Ain't Got You", have revolved around advice and generalities.
The usual complaint about Soul music is that the lyrics so often sound like an afterthought.
That doesn't change in her new songs and her new album.
"As I Am" is no exception on that count.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This woman is amazing! March 19 2008
By Deanne
Format:Audio CD
Her album "As I Am" is honestly quite lovely. Her poetry is beautiful. The instrumental is catchy. It's her best work yet! My favorite tracks are: "Lesson Learned", "Like You'll Never See Me Again", "No One", and "Tell You Something".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great June 21 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great CD. Some depressing songs, but mostly a good listen with upbeat tunes. Have enjoyed and have shared with others who went on to purchase their own.
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