16 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

New York wunderkind Alicia Keys flaunts her prodigious vocal talent and piano proficiency on this 16-track debut. The deep, purring blues groove and towering, Aretha Franklin-indebted vocal of “Fallin’” paved the way for a collection that takes in tight, retro arrangements, hip-hop flourishes (as on the ODB-sampling “Girlfriend”), and jazz-flecked neo-soul melodies. And the ‘70s-styled funk of “How Come You Don’t Call Me” nods to Keys’ precocity and impending career longevity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

New York wunderkind Alicia Keys flaunts her prodigious vocal talent and piano proficiency on this 16-track debut. The deep, purring blues groove and towering, Aretha Franklin-indebted vocal of “Fallin’” paved the way for a collection that takes in tight, retro arrangements, hip-hop flourishes (as on the ODB-sampling “Girlfriend”), and jazz-flecked neo-soul melodies. And the ‘70s-styled funk of “How Come You Don’t Call Me” nods to Keys’ precocity and impending career longevity.

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