Songs In A Minor
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2001 album from the R&B/Pop singer/songwriter. Songs In A Minor sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and garnered Keys with her first five Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Best Song of the Year for 'Fallin', and Best R&B Album.
In the crowded world of female R&B you need a unique selling point. Songs in A Minor's creator Alicia Keys is no different. She plays the piano. She's classically trained. She was a child prodigy. And at 20 years she's incredibly soulful, harking back to the old-skool R&B of Aretha Franklin and even further to that of Nina Simone, with a very strong dose of James Brown thrown in (the fantastic "Fallin'" is a dead ringer for "It's a Man's World"). This retro-ism is further reinforced in her collaboration with 70s soul legend Isaac Hayes on "Rock Wit U". However this reliance on strong historical figures is as much a problem as an asset. In truth this fine talent is being plucked too early. At 20 she's hardly lived enough life to find herself. While she's got a great voice and exquisite musical skills this album lacks the type of individuality that shines so strongly in artists such as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott or India.Aria. This is perhaps why Keys (surely an invented name) has been well hooked up. Jermaine Dupri, Prince and Brian McKnight are all involved in the song writing process. There's a lot of classically trained artists out there, from R Kelly to MJ Cole, but as this shows it's no guarantee of success. There are a few tracks on Songs... that hit the right chord but there's some bum notes too. --Jake Barnes
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Don't expect to find anything to dance to. This is what R&B needs to be, really. Alicia Keys is highly talented. I love watching her in her music videos as she plays the piano.
As far as her music goes, this album is definitely an ear opener. Who cares if its overrated and what not, doesn't mean you have to hate on Alicia just because this album was really successful. To be truthful some songs never get old with this album. "Fallen" is now one of my favorite songs. I loved it each and every time I heard it. I love it everytime I hear it now. "A Woman's Worth" is another flawless song that you couldn't help but love at times.
Is Alicia Keys the new Queen of R&B? Well, no, you've still got to give her time to develope her music. Her newest album is fantastic and I must say it does stand above this.
Where this album falls is that some songs seem like fillers. Some songs like "Mr. Man" are incredibly dull and filled with little to no emotion at all. Other songs just sort of give you this "Meh..." reaction.
But Keys has a lot of talent. Her voice is gorgeous and the way she plays the piano is to die for! Even if this album isn't pleasing to you, you should at least admit she's talented.
I'd highly recommend the album it is superb in several different ways. Not quite the "Queen of R&B" but it comes close. Very harmonizing and relaxing which I think we could all use in these troubled times.
Her debut, and the debut record for J Records, Songs In A Minor is an unbelieveable and dynamic feel of what the true essence of Soul music feels like. Unlike all of those Teen Idols, Alicia puts not just looks, but substance and the ability to write and play the music with the piano and a dash of elegance. The music blends with Hip Hop Soul, and Contemporary R&B in the mix. The songs greatfully range from down and in a storm, with songs like Troubles, Caged Bird, and Goodbye, all the way to songs of love and seduction, with tracks like A Woman's Worth, Fallin', the 2002 Grammy-winning Song Of The Year, and Butterfliez. It is just a beautiful record that everyone really has to listen to. It wasn't until the new record came out, that I listened to the first one first, and boy was it worth the price.
Forget about Britney Spears, forget about Jennifer Lopez and get rid of Jessica Simpson. Those artists are first and most of all, manufactured. Alicia Keys is absolutely the real deal. I definitely think this is one of the best R&B records that is out there at this time, even though it has been awhile since it debuted. Songs In A Minor has to be one as a must-have for anybody who loves definitive and New Old-school Soul.
Most recent customer reviews
No regrets whatsoever!!! She is a classy lady with an extraordinary voice and spectacular stage presence. Multitalented and versatile in her creativity!Published on Feb. 20 2013 by Michael Benedict
I absolutely love this woman. This album is nothing short of amazing. I can't get enough and have this album on repeat!!Published on Dec 3 2012 by Miss Erin
I bought Diary of Alicia Keys first before I got Songs in A Minor and it was ok. I only really listned to and liked 7 songs out of the 15. Read morePublished on June 19 2009 by Aaron B.
Alicia Keys is extremely talented. She writes, performs and produces all of her own work. Her voice is beautiful. Definitely recommended!Published on Dec 3 2005
Great Cd! I do think some of the lyrics could have been better. The profanity in it was not necessary at all. she can express herself better with out it. Read morePublished on June 30 2004
wen i 1st bought this cd, i didnt really listen 2 the songs + just skimmed thro them, but wen i actually sat down + listened to it properly and the words, i couldnt believe i had... Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Lb
If uve read any of my other stuff, ul know im about to go fru all songs...
1. Piano & I - a beatufil is cheesy piano-opening 2 songs in a minor. 4/5
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I've owned this CD since she came out with it, and I really liked it. Sure some of the songs are covers or contains some elements of other artist's music, but name an artist or... Read morePublished on April 3 2004 by Leon Otto
I hate hearing people bash others for writing "simple" songs that they can play. Let me challenge you - learn to write songs - this is a REAL musical skill. Read morePublished on March 15 2004