The Diary Of Alicia Keys

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 73
  2. Negative: 4 out of 73

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  1. JamalB
    May 22, 2005
    5
    its ight
  2. HuckleCat
    Dec 18, 2003
    5
    Two Words: Sista Act
  3. AG
    Jan 8, 2004
    6
    Her lyrics sound as if a fifteen year old wrote them. I love if I was your woman but then again it's a remake. She needs to be more innovative and original like outkast, Beyonce, and Pink. She is a soulful singer and that's what I like about her. I just really wish she would sing more original songs and not sample so much.
  4. MarcusB
    Dec 19, 2003
    4
    What the heck? Alicia is obviously talented, but the songwriting (or selection of themes) is utterly boring. How many times does she need to sing about love? Alicia seems to be plagued by the R&B disease, whereby any talented singer will de-volve into a crooner just interested in singing about men while seeing how many notes they can hit.
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Vibe
    90
    Brimming with updated old-school joints, original balladry, and classic-sounding R&B, Diary finds Keys more relaxed, confident, and committed to the tunes of the '70s than ever before. [Feb 2004, p.127]
  2. The project is clearly laboring to be relevant to the current marketplace and thus suffers from a serious lack of cohesion.
  3. Keys plays it far too safe here: There's nothing that will offend, and the content is patently generic enough that almost anyone, lovelorn or heartbroken, can build a personal soundtrack of romantic woe from its raw materials.