- Audio CD (Nov. 13 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced
- Label: Sony Music Canada
- ASIN: B000VEYJP2
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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As I Am Enhanced
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Limited enhanced Deluxe edition. 2007 release from the R&B/Pop diva. 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.' This enhanced CD contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
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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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!
6.The Thing About Love: This is my 2nd favorite song on the CD, just devine in it's construction lyrically, instrumentally & delivery. Her vocals are perfection....bluesy....impactful...honest...gritty. The change up in this song wasn't my favorite but then she brings it back with such a powerful ending vocal.....just precious!
These are my favorite tracks on this CD; pick it up & check it out yourself's folks! Happy spinning!
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. Keys famously keeps her personal life a watertight secret, so that you could read anything you like into these lyrics without them carrying any personal feeling at all.
If you can listen to that fluting, fierce, clear, dirty, magnificent voice while simultaneously shutting out the banality of what it's expressing, you'll have hours of pleasure from this gorgeously melodic, curiously old-fashioned album.
Other highlights include her paean to spicy lovemaking "Wreckless Love", featuring a Jack Splash production blending his jazzy drum shuffle with horn and string arrangements reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield, and "Teenage Love Affair", on which she seems to summon up the ghost of that earlier pioneer of sophisticated Big Apple soul, Laura Nyro.
My favourite tracks : "Tell You Something", "Superwoman", "Wreckless Love", "Teenage Love Affair", "No One" and "Go Ahead".
All in one word : brilliant.
Have a great listening experience!
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