As I Am - Alicia Keys
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  • Summary: Alicia Keys' third album includes guest vocalists Marsha Ambrosius, John Mayer, and Linda Perry.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. This is a record that will happen to you, and when it clicks, the realisation that As I Am is a genuine classic is overwhelming.
  2. The strong stories that Keys spins are complemented by deft musical arrangements that integrate more rock and pop into her enriched old-school vibe.
  3. 80
    On her melodically powerful third studio album, she matures into the matriarch of her genre. [Dec 2007, p.120]
  4. Keys's tunes sing as strongly as she does. Alas, she still relies too often on sloganeering.
  5. As I Am sees the piano songstress breaking free of her saccharine chains and delivering a streetwise, smoky set of real soul.
  6. Despite substantial input from Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, the rapper boyfriend Keys says she made wait a year to get down, the prevailing mood is reflectively soulful and the prevailing tempo mid.
  7. Without any clever arrangements or production gimmicks to rely on, Keys tries to compensate for the obvious shortcomings by oversinging each syllable in a way that would make Patti LaBelle cringe.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. KB
    Nov 17, 2007
    A great CD, with a range of songs from upbeat to slow, neo-soul to pop, and smooth to raspy.
  2. GabiP.
    Feb 11, 2008
    "Bringin' r&b back from the hips to the heart" (and head) :)
  3. JanB
    May 4, 2008
    An extremely nice album, in good way old-stylish. Listening to it gives me much pleasure.
  4. JuanMiguelG.
    Dec 14, 2007
    Very emotional! What the doctor would prescribe you if you're in love!
  5. Aug 10, 2011
    o album e muito bom. possui um estilo mais POP do que seus antecessores, tem batidas mais fortes, e musicas mais comerciais, porem, sem perder a qualidade. Expand
  6. Daniela
    Jan 14, 2008
    Great Album!Buy it!
  7. LeonC.
    Nov 17, 2007
    kerry brothers rapping is another letdown to this unoriginal irrelevant album.

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