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Songs In A Minor

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  • Audio CD (June 26 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00005JXS6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 718 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,981 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Piano and I
2. Girlfriend
3. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?
4. Fallin'
5. Troubles
6. Rock Wit U
7. Woman's Worth
8. Jane Doe
9. Goodbye
10. Life
11. Mr. Man
12. Never Felt This Way (Interlude)
13. Butterflyz
14. Why Do I Feel So Sad
15. Caged Bird (Outro)

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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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Format: Audio CD
As far as music goes, I don't listen to a whole lot of new stuff (and I'm a teenager for cryin' out loud). Actually I'm still stuck in the 80's and early 90's when I loved music. This does me some nice relaxation. There are songs that you just don't want to constantly listen to but what CD is totally flawless?
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.
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The album that introduced the world to the piano playin' R&B singer! With incredible talent, she has demonstrated you don't have to be a $l*t to sell records. She doesn't show her @$$ to get her point across. She is a respectable woman that has a lot to say. The way she sings and writes are outta this world. From the beginning of Songs In A Minor, you hear her piano playin' skills. Girlfriend(02) is a song that many women can relate to. You might trust your man, but you still have your suspicions. How Come You Don't Call Me(03) is a Prince remake. I love the video. Fallin(04), her star creation, is an original. Since the dramatic drop in the quality of R&B, this brings the bar back up to what it needs to be. Troubles(05) is my all time favorite on the album. It sounds like a Fallin' part two. A Woman's Worth(07) is her other signature song. The piano just stands out so much it's not funny. The Life(10) is a song with feeling and passion. I don't say that often, but I have to here. [Import]: I'm sorry yall, but I'm not feeling the Fallin' remix(18) with Busta Rhymes. I have nothing against him but he doesn't sound right rapping with Alicia. She should've had someone else do that song with her or just do a remix without anyone on there with her. She does not need a rapper to accent her. Her voice is too strong to have some weak @$$ rapper trying to compete with her on her own song! The A Woman's Worth remix(19) is what I'm talking about. It has soul, flavor, and a totally different sound from the Album Version. She even talks in Spanish yall! What a woman [End Import]. All in all, she has a rare talent that needs to be shared with the world. Haters just need to stop. Yall just jealous because yall wasted your money on someone else whack @$$ $h*t and can't get your money back for it.
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I know, I know. Alicia Keys writes, she produces, and plays piano. And that's great. But I fail to hear the greatness here. I know back in 2001 Alicia was of a certain creative caliber that was unique in popular music but... The point is, Songs In A Minor has no impressive songs besides the ones released to radio- Fallin'(which has been so worn out it makes me gag now), A Woman's Worth(which I never was a big fan of from the get-go), and How Come You Don't Call Me- that's it. The rest are filler. And THIS won Grammys? Well, it had to have been more about the artist Alicia, whom I really do like. I think she is really talented but doesn't utilize her talent to her advantage. The Grammys usually don't know what they're doing anyhow. Come on, I almost fell out of my chair today when the nominations were announced for the 2004 Grammys and friggin' Fountains Of Wayne was nominated for New Artist and Stacie Orrico was totally ignored! And I actually like F Of W's song ironically titled "Stacy's Mom" but come on... Hey, what about Simple Plan? I'm not even a fan of those guys but they deserve it. But back to Songs In A Minor. I really, really wanted to like this CD but at the end of the day, it isn't that much better than the other R&B crapolla cluttering the music shelves. Just like The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, Songs In A Minor is basically a bird without wings that for some unexplicable reason, the media and the critics wanted to hype up. Like I said, Alicia Keys the artist I like but the CD is a waste of time and money.
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When Clive Davis left Arista, he knew he had to start all over again in music.He knew he had to find somebody fresh and new. As Alicia Keys entered her way into the music industry, she set a whole different tone for the music industry. At the time, the music industry was filled with Corporate and Manufactured Pop Music, from artists like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. Sadly, there was absolutely no taste and essence of Soul music anywhere on the charts. It was just an absolute missing piece that didn't fit anywhere. Still, Alicia Keys kicked that door down, and reminded people about the rhythm-like styles of Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin all in one record.
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.
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