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The Diary of Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys went from teenage prodigy to 21st Century Soul Queen almost instantly after the release of her 2001 debut, and she continues to wear her crown with confidence on her follow-up, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003). Keys reaches back two decades for inspiration, giving special attention to R&B balladry with a smoldering cover of Gladys Knight’s “If I Was Your Woman” and invoking the lush elegance of Philly soul with “You Don’t Know Me.” Better still: “Heartburn,” a sweat-drenched throwback to ‘70s funk co-produced by hip-hop mastermind Timbaland. And Alicia displays a definite Aretha Franklin influence on “Wake Up,” a strutting number with a provocative lyric. As on her first album, Keys’ grasp of songwriting craft and classically-trained piano touch lend these tracks uncommon substance. Her innate poise as a singer only makes the erotic longing of her lyrics all the more effective — tracks like “Karma” and “Samsonite Man” carry an especially potent charge. Instrumental interludes help frame these sonic vignettes of loneliness and desire. It all adds up to make Keys’ Diary a must-hear work.

Customer Reviews

This can't be!

There are only 2 reviews, there must be something wrong with I-Tunes! Alicia is amazing, talented and one of the best role models of our time! Just wonderfull!

Amazing.

The song "If I Ain't Got You" is better than every R&B song of the 21st Century (not done by Alicia Keys) combined.

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ALBUM!

You will NOT waste money when buying Alicia's sophomore album! This is R&B at it's ABSOLUTE GREATEST... I assure you!

Biography

Born: January 25, 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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