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|1. Piano and I|
|3. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?|
|6. Rock Wit U|
|7. Woman's Worth|
|8. Jane Doe|
|11. Mr. Man|
|12. Never Felt This Way (Interlude)|
|14. Why Do I Feel So Sad|
|15. Caged Bird (Outro)|
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
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