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!
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.Read more ›
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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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