Songs In A Minor - Alicia Keys
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  • Summary: This is the smash-hit debut album from 20-year-old singer-songwriter (and classically-trained pianist) Alicia Keys.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 100
    Fusing R&B, pop, jazz, blues, throwback soul--hell, you name it--Keys delivers grandstand ballads (like the single "Fallin' "), midtempo music, diary-worthy lyrics and feminist funk as if they were all as uncomplicated as scales.
  2. A record of glorious parts that are just too weighty, too emotionally complex and rich to hang together well as a whole.
  3. A distinct and oft-times brilliant debut from an artist who clearly has a fine sense of her creative talents and has struggled to make sure they are represented in the best way
  4. Like Erykah Badu and other retro-soul artists that have followed her, Alicia Keys is trying to redefine modern R&B by injecting it with jazz and blues. In Songs in A Minor, Keys accomplishes her goal with poise and skill.
  5. Though the second half slackens with sad sack teen themes, ''Songs'' is a debut full of promise.
  6. The singing is more mature than the self-consciously retro arrangements and sometimes thin sonics.
  7. It sounds like she couldn't care less if anyone's listening.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Apr 29, 2013
    When its good, it can be occasionally captivating however the record relies heavily on its production, without which a lot of the material just saunters along without ever saying much. For me, it's a record that is overrated and forced too much of the time. That said, there are a number of tracks worth getting hold of such as "Falling" and "Girlfriend". As I've already mentioned though, without the backing of major production this wouldn't be half the record. Expand

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