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As I Am (Bonus Track Version)

Alicia Keys

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As I Am is the resounding confirmation of Alicia Keys’ permanent place in the pop landscape. Strangely, Keys chose to begin her third studio album with the ominous breakup song “Go Ahead,” and the ultra-cheesy “Superwoman” (“With an S on my chest, oh yes / I'm a superwoman”), but it doesn’t kick off in earnest until “No One,” surely the most radio-ready song Keys has ever penned. With its fist-pumping beat and swelling sentiment, “No One” is the soundtrack to a Saturday night. While As I Am features some of Keys’ most commercial work to date, “Wreckless Love” and “The Thing About Love” are seductive and forthright, effortlessly recalling the ‘70s soul that has always been Keys’ primary blueprint. In what must be seen as a bid for platinum success, hit-making songwriter Linda Perry collaborated with Keys on “Sure Looks Goof to Me” and “Superwoman,” the latter of which is an embarrassingly blatant rehash of another Perry collaboration, Christina Aguilera’s smarmy “Beautiful.” Still, the strongest moments on As I Am successfully mix Keys’ R&B pedigree with her crossover ambitions. The John Mayer duet “Lesson Learned” is adult oriented pop fuelled by a blue flame groove, while “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” coaxes the listener toward crescendo without ever breaking its aura of suspense.

Customer Reviews

AMAZING!!!!

This is an amazing album, I listend to preveiws and i wasnt too sure about it! But i bought the album! and i LOVE IT! it's the best ever alicia keys album, And you'll never got bored of listening to it! The top 5 tracks are 5. No One 4. Like You'll Never See Me Again 3. Wrekless Love 2. Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise) 1. Lesson Learned (Feat. John Mayer) This is jsut my personal opinion, Don't get me wront the WHOLE ALBUM and all the songs are fantastic, But these are my Fave songs from the album!! If you like "No One" You'll love this album f you are a new fan of alicia's you'll love this album If you are a classic fan of alicia (like Myself) YOU WILL LOVE THIS ALBUM 3.

Keys Class Shines Through

The girl gone and done it again! Another brilliant old skool style soul classic which showcases her multitude of talents. After a somewhat over the top makeover I was worried that she may have gone too commercial/mainstream but this is a fantastic album. Effortlessly combining Motown standard songwriting and delivery with contemporary production wizardry to stunning effect. After only a couple of listens stand out tracks (other than current single No One) include Lesson Learned, Sure Looks Good To Me, Where Do We Go From Here, Tell You Something and the bonus tracks Waiting For Your Love (I dare anyone to listen to this and not want to dance!) and Hurt So Bad (Pre-order only) which may be a cover but is delivered my Keys as if she owned it. Gorgeous songs, incredible goosebump- inducing and awe inspiring delivery. An all time classic maybe?

Detailed overview

The album, as it is, sounds very good. You can feel 'the same old Alicia' throughout the record, however it sounds rather different from her previous two - 'The Diary of Alicia Keys' and 'Songs in A Minor'. To some extent, it has a more positive feeling to it - it is more upbeat that her previous two. The record sounds very harmonious and the overall rating 4.6 out 5.0. Now the overview of all the tracks: 1. As I Am (Intro) - The great opening track, an outstanding introduction to the album. In contrast to the opening tacks from her two previous albums ('Harlem's Nocturne' and 'Piano and I'), this one has no words in it. The first half is a soft and compelling piano, and the second half is a bumpy beat with emotional piano cords in it. An amazing track that gives you the idea of the whole record. A must have track from the album. 5.0/5.0 2. Go Ahead - Pretty good track, nice beat, similar to the second track 'Karma' from her 'The Diary of Alicia Keys' album. Not so melodic and among the least favourite tacks on the album. 4.0/5.0 3. Superwoman - definitely one of the signature songs on the album, possibly the third single. Alicia demonstrates the power of her vocals on the track very well and the 'cleanness' of her voice as well. Very inspiring track, especially for female listeners. 4.9/5.0 4. No One - the lead single from the album, sounds rather mainstream and nothing like any of her previous records, with heavy beats and nice melody at the same time. Well-developed use of 'you-ooo's' and 'ooo's' makes it a brilliant sing-along record. An outstanding track, definitely among the best songs of Mrs. Keys and one of the best songs of 2007. 5.0/5.0 5. Like You'll Never See Me Again - a very melodic and emotional ballad (one of the few on the album). Sad, but inspiring lyrics, a must have track from the album. (The second single, by the way). 4.8/5.0 6. Lesson Learned - the track features John Mayer, however his participation is limited to the repeated use of 'It's alright, It's alright' in the pre-chorus. Despite this, Mayer adds a certain twist to the track and it sounds really well. One of the best tracks from the album. 4.7/5.0 7. Wreckless Love - a definite 'love-anthem' of the album with wonderful chorus lyrics. Alicia sounds really 'young' and 'passionate' - 'I don't really care, We can have it anywhere kind of love' - is just an example of that. 4.6/5.0 8. The Thing About Love - a very typical 'Alicia' song, it has not got that much to it, but the lyrics can be very compelling at certain moments of the song. Still, among the least favourite songs on the album. 3.8/5.0 9. Teenage Love Affair - the third song in a row with the word 'love' in it, yet another typical 'Alicia' song which makes you question yourself at certain points - 'Where did I hear that before?', especially when Alicia goes '...baby, baby, baby' (which reminds 'You Don't Know My Name' from her second album). Overall, a very good track with an interesting lyrics. 4.4/5.0 10. I Need You - a very repetitive chorus - 'I need you, na na na na, I need you,' etc. Still sounds pretty nice and loving. 4.1/5.0 11. Where Do We Go From Here - a rather special track from the album, with a long intro and unusual for Alicia vocals. Despite this, it sounds really well. 4.5/5.0 12. Prelude To A Kiss - a rather disappointing prelude. Her previous two albums had much greater preludes, especially 'Never Felt This Way' from 'Songs in A Minor'. The track does not have much feeling to it and definitely not a good prelude to a 'kiss'. 3.3/5.0 13. Tell You Something - a very beautiful and touching song, nice lyrics, beautiful and joyful vocals. Also sounds rather different from the rest of the tracks. One of the best tracks on the album. 4.7/5.0 14. Sure Looks Good To Me - a good end track to the album, calm and charming. Good vocals and lyrics as well. 4.1/5.0 Enjoy the record.

Biography

Born: 25 January 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

By mixing R&B with a sultry dose of neo-soul, Alicia Keys became an international star in 2001 with the release of her debut album. Songs in A Minor sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of availability and eventually moved over ten million units worldwide, thus setting the stage for the 20-year-old's long career. Although she shared the charts with R&B contemporaries like Destiny's Child, Keys' talent distinguished her as a different sort of diva, one who played a variety of...
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