Aaliyah - Aaliyah
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  • Summary: This is the third album for Detroit-born Aaliyah, who debuted in 1994 (at the age of 15) with 'Age Ain't Nothing But a Number.' Timbaland produces three tracks. The singer died in a plane crash in August 2001, shortly after the release of the album.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Aaliyah isn't just a statement of maturity and a stunning artistic leap forward, it is one of the strongest urban soul records of its time.
  2. Though not as immediate as some of her past mainstream work, Aaliyah's latest has the smoky temptress slowly working her way through R&B, hip-hop and even slightly techno beats...
  3. Aaliyah only missteps when she tries to stretch outside of her musical comfort zones, indulging in Latin pop and cheesy metal on ''Read Between the Lines'' and ''What If,'' respectively.
  4. When it clicks, "Aaliyah" transforms the confusion of young adulthood into exhilarating freedom
  5. What's most pronounced is the subtlety of it all, the tastefulness, the lack of bombast and histrionics.
  6. Overall, aside from the crummy rock-out of 'What If', 'Aaliyah' is accomplished fluid soul, with nothing too jagged or startling to spoil the polished veneer.
  7. An album of dull, vocal virtuoso ballads.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
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  1. TroyF.
    Sep 19, 2002
    10
    Aaliyah was simply the best r&b album realesed in 201. more than a women,rock the boat, what if, its whatever.well all the tracks on Aaliyah was simply the best r&b album realesed in 201. more than a women,rock the boat, what if, its whatever.well all the tracks on Aaliyah's self titled album were great.it so sad that she had to go and at the prime of her life.R.I.P Babygirl Expand
  2. AnnabelleB.
    Nov 14, 2001
    10
    Aaliyah, Aaliyah, Aaliyah its so sad that you can't ever feel how much the world still loves you. We always will. Its also a shame that Aaliyah, Aaliyah, Aaliyah its so sad that you can't ever feel how much the world still loves you. We always will. Its also a shame that you can't be with us and hear the lovly sayings about you last cd. It seems like most of the ones that have heard it really enjoys it, likes it. I'll miss you and I belivie i always will, til the day I see you on the otherside. if I got a guarding angel, God, i hope its you. Bye for now. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2014
    10
    One of the best R&B albums of all time, she was crossing over to other genres. What other R&B artist was doing this? None. I can say so muchOne of the best R&B albums of all time, she was crossing over to other genres. What other R&B artist was doing this? None. I can say so much more but I'm not going to. If you've listened to the album then you know what I mean. Expand
  4. IanRobinS
    Nov 6, 2002
    10
    I love her 3rd album... My most fave song is: Rock The Boat, What If, Never No More, More Than A Woman, I Care 4 U, We Need A Resolution, I I love her 3rd album... My most fave song is: Rock The Boat, What If, Never No More, More Than A Woman, I Care 4 U, We Need A Resolution, I Refuse, I Can Be, Extra Smooth. I miss you Aaliyah! I thought you could have met me in person again when you're supposed to be back in Melbourne, Australia for promo tour but you're gone! You are too young to die! Thanks for the music and movie biz, Aaliyah! I love you!!! Expand
  5. LyanH
    Jun 30, 2006
    10
    The critics are wrong for this low rating. This CD of Aaliyah's is one of her greatest. Aaliyah smooth soulfull voice made this album The critics are wrong for this low rating. This CD of Aaliyah's is one of her greatest. Aaliyah smooth soulfull voice made this album gold. the beats of"More then A Woman" and her voice did a perfect blend of singing and rhythm. Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2014
    10
    Completando em 2014, 20 anos de carreira, 13 anos de seu último disco e 12 de sua morte, Aaliyah mostra em seu último trabalho o porque deCompletando em 2014, 20 anos de carreira, 13 anos de seu último disco e 12 de sua morte, Aaliyah mostra em seu último trabalho o porque de deter o título de princesa do hip-hop. A jovem cantora e também atriz, vem no seu disco autointitulado ''Aaliyah'' junto com seu time de produtores e compositores Stephen Garret, Eric Seats, Rapture e seus parceiros do seu excelente disco anterior, ''On In A Million'', Missy Elliott e Timbaland.
    Timbaland junto com Aaaliyah, inicia o disco com ''We Need A Resolution'', onde Aaliyah usa todo o seu poder de sedução e sua voz que nos soa a ouvir - ironicamente - como um anjo, a dupla se encontra novamente na excelente ''More Than A Woman'', onde Aaliyah nos deixa mais do que visível que ela é muito mais do que uma mulher e com letra assinada por Missy Elliott nos prende na melancolia de ''I Care 4 U''. O disco ainda nos traz a deliciosa ''Rock the Boat'', a faixa que embalou o verão americano de 2002 e foi o último videoclipe filmado pela eterna Baby Girl. O disco explora sonoridades totalmente ousadas para época e nos prova mais uma vez o porque de Aaliyah ser uma artista totalmente a frente do seu tempo, ''What If'' com seus rifes de guitarra e sua voz hipnotizadora é só mais um dos experimentos consagrados dentro deste. Muito mais que uma mulher, ''Aaliyah'' nos traz todo o poder e maturidade de uma artista que deixou o mundo da música de forma prematura, mas com atitude e poder suficiente para ser lembrada até hoje como um dos nomes que definiu o que o R&B é hoje. Podem se passar mais 12 anos, que o seu disco de capa vermelha ainda nos soará fresco, o R&B te ama, Baby Girl.
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  7. MarlinB.
    Aug 9, 2001
    6
    I FELT IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LIL MORE UP BEAT , I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BY THE FIRST IMPRESSION OF "RESOLUTION" THAT THIS WOULD BE A I FELT IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LIL MORE UP BEAT , I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BY THE FIRST IMPRESSION OF "RESOLUTION" THAT THIS WOULD BE A "DISSAPOINTING" ALBUM, NOT LIKE HER PAST WORK WITH ONE IN A MILLION DID SHE SEARVE THE SAME LOVE THAT SHE LACKED 2 SONGS OUT OF THIS WHOLE ALBUM, WELL 3 WITH "RESOLUTION" WHATS YOUR PROBLEM AALIYAH, CAN WE HELP YOU RESOLVE IT. Expand

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