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Songs In a Minor

Alicia Keys

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Album Review

Alicia Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its release in the summer of 2001, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth '70s soul, even a little Billie Holiday. In retrospect, it was the idea of Alicia Keys that was as attractive as the record, since soul fans were hungering for a singer/songwriter who seemed part of the tradition without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than Lauryn Hill. Keys was all that, and she had style to spare — elegant, sexy style accentuated by how she never oversang, giving the music a richer feel. It was rich enough to compensate for some thinness in the writing — though it was a big hit, "Fallin'" doesn't have much body to it — which is a testament to Keys' skills as a musician. And, the fact is, even though there are some slips in the writing, there aren't many, and the whole thing remains a startling assured, successful debut that deserved its immediate acclaim and is already aging nicely.

Customer Reviews

A New Artist Has Entered the World of Music...

and she blows us away!!! alicia keys is an awesome artist. she is my favorite artist there has ever been. her first hit was fallin'. which is an amazing song. one of alicia's best. then karma. then if i ain't got you. then no one. she just keeps throwing awesome songs at us! the best songs are: Fallin' How Come You Don't Call Me A Woman's Worth Rock Wit U Troubles

Great Album

this album is one of my favorites especialy fallin' alcia keys isa great artist

love

i love this album and i luv her!!! good job alicia!

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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