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As I Am (Audio Cassette) [Import]

Alicia Keys Audio Cassette
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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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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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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!!! Feb. 20 2013
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No regrets whatsoever!!! She is a classy lady with an extraordinary voice and spectacular stage presence. Multitalented and versatile in her creativity!
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4.0 out of 5 stars As I Am May 10 2012
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1. As I Am: Wow....we all know how accomplished she is as a classically trained artist...but this song's is like Beethoven is sitting at the keys himself throughout this and then coupled with the other instruments giving it a modern vibe has to be one of the best instrumentals in quite some time! My favorite on this CD & has been on my favorite playlist since the release of this CD.

2.Go Ahead: I love this R&B flavored song. This song I perceive to be a song of a love relationship gone wrong for sure. I liked the more gospelly aspects of the song. She is such a great vocalist and can be bluesy, R&B, Pop, Classical, Jazzy whatever genre she wants to use.

3.Superwoman: This is such a greatly written song representing the modern woman's life & choices or non-choices. The gospel intro of this song is just beyond words and still is the favorite part of this song for me. I love when she talks in the song too. When it turns into a pop song it isn't my favorite part of the song but all the rest is such so gorgeous. It is a lovely tributary song to women. I would just like to say that women are "all" superwomen no matter what they do in life.

4.No One: Of course this song is one of her most recognizable songs (at least radio/video play) since it's release. It is a really fantastically written song of faith, empowerment, devotion and love.

5.Lesson Learned: This is one of my other favorites on this CD. Her most memorable songs to me are those that sound like they have come out of some deep "Lesson Learned". I love the simplicity of this song.....all it needs is the empathetic vocal delivery of her magnificent voice & lyrics! Wow!

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