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Reseña de álbum

By now established as a major and talented force in the mainstream music world, Alicia Keys has perhaps earned the right to explore a little, to venture into new genres while still keeping a foot firmly planted in the R&B/neo-soul she grew out of. On her third full-length, As I Am, Keys takes a step closer toward the soul revival popularized by John Legend, with full-band arrangements and bright horn hooks, only occasionally falling back into the piano/melisma combination that drove the singles off her first two albums. Instead, here, as evidenced in "No One" — which sounds all too ready to take on a "reggae dance mix" — the guitar-driven "I Need You," "Wreckless Love," or "Where Do We Go from Here," which pays tribute to both Stax and Motown ("All I can do/Is follow the tracks of my tears," she sings, after a sample of Wendy Rene's "After Laughter [Comes Tears]" crackles through the first few bars), this is music that owes as much to pop as it does R&B, highlighted no less by the fact that the queen of radio rock herself, Linda Perry, co-writes three of the songs with Keys, including the straight-from-the-Stripped-sessions "The Thing About Love" and "Superwoman." It is on the latter, in fact, that Keys, unsurprisingly, turns furthest away from the style that brought her initial success (more so even than on the John Mayer collabo, "Lesson Learned," which is actually not bad) toward the generic-pop world, sliding in between corny and sincere, sometimes even in the same breath. "When I'm breaking down/And I can't be found/...'Cause no one knows/Me underneath these clothes/But I can fly/We can fly," she sings in the bridge, flatly. Keys has never been a brilliant lyricist, but she's always been able to write simple yet affective and honest words that don't seem trite, something that is forgotten here, and makes the track one of the weakest on the album. Fortunately, this doesn't happen too often, and as As I Am weaves its way through the drums and various keyboards and vocal harmonies that make up the backbone of her work here, punctuated by the great, hooky melodies and strings, you get the impression that this is in fact the sign of an artist who's not content to only follow the path that's brought her previous acclaim, an artist who's looking to find more, both about herself and her music, and an artist who carries these developments, these insights, with her. And so even though As I Am is a flawed work — a little too poppy, a little too clichéd — it is also indicative of what Keys can and will do, and that she is someone, thanks to her curiosity, intelligence, and natural talent, who will be able to mature and grow for years to come.

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Keys Crafts Another Gem

Welcome back Alicia Keys. It has been 3 years since we've heard from Alicia Keys musically. What does she do to let everyone know that she's back? Create another Top 5 hit in "No One". No One immediately restored all of the praise that Keys has seen in the past, and well deservedly. The lyrical gem took no time at all to resignate, shooting straight to the top of the charts. Keys has continued to raise the bar for herself by making one great album after the next. As I Am is up there with her other albums. I can see 4 probable hits from As I Am. One thing that is so great about Alicia Keys is that she refuses to sell out. That she sticks to the formula that is loved by all is especially refeshing in the current era of music we are in. As I Am should show Alicia the same success that she has seen in the past. Let's take a closer look: As I Am (Intro)- a standout intro. This is completely instrumental, and really gives a beautiful orchestral feeling. 4/5 Stars. Go Ahead- Keys staggers out of the gate with this one. Her vocals seem out of rhythm with the melody. 3.5/5 Stars. Superwoman- features production assistance from Linda Perry. This is a true woman's anthem, and Keys is at her best lyrically. 5/5 Stars. No One- the album's first single. This song is really beautiful and has so much meaning and passion behind it. 5/5 Stars. Like You'll Never See Me Again- the album's second single. The album's finest in every aspect. This song has so much meaning behind it, it is ridiculous. It tells you to treasure each mment as if i is your last. THe vieo for this is wonderful. 5/5 Stars. Lesson Learned- features John Mayer. Mayer adds a very nice touch, creating an orchestral feeling to the song. 4.5/5 Stars. Wreckless Love- Keys vocalism is great on here. She also makes a very nice piano arrangement. 4.5/5 Stars. The Thing About Love- great lyrics and meaning. The only downside is that this song never really picks up. 3.5/5 Stars. Teenage Love Affair- a little immature. Also Keys voice doesn't mesh with the production. 3.5/5 Stars. I Need You- has a very warm, bubbly feel to it. Keys is wonderful vocally and on the piano. 5/5 Stars. Where Do We Go From Here- another beautiful ballad. This song has so much meaning to it, and is really a great song. 5/5 Stars. Prelude to a Kiss- never really picks up. Still, it serves it's purpose it shaping the album as a whole. 4/5 Stars. Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise)- the previous song really leads in well to this one. Still, an average song. 3.5/5 Stars. Sure Looks Good To Me- a beautiful closing. This song really ends the album on a high note. Keys puts so much passion into this standout, saying "I'm gonna risk it all, the freedom to fall, yes it sure looks good to me". 5/5 Stars. Top 5 Songs: 1)Like You'll Never see Me Again 2)No One 3)Sure Looks Good To Me 4)Where Do We Go From Here 5)Superwoman

Simply Great!!!

This album is not too over the top and is not filled with a bunch of fillers like most albums are today. Every song is great and has single potential. One of the most complete and distinct albums I have heard in a while. Alicia is proving that R&B still can move the soul like it should and not just the hips like most artists do today. Great album Alicia!

perfection - as usual

as much as i hate waiting 3 years for another album... its always worth it.

Biografía

Nacido/a: New York, NY, 25 de enero de 1981

Género: R&B/Soul

Años de actividad: '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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