The Way It Is - Keyshia Cole
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  • Summary: Kanye West is among the producers on this major-label debut for the 21-year-old Oakland, Calif. native.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. [An] excellent debut album. [27 Jun 2005]
  2. 80
    Cole's ability to belt to her heart's content saves the album from its inconsistent production. [Jul 2005, p.137]
  3. Cole's voice is sweet and ringing, like a wiser version of Lil' Mo who has had to weather a tremendous amount of drama.
  4. These songs stay stuck with you like a lump in your throat.
  5. For the most part she rides the album's multiple peaks with a rare mix of street smarts and chops.
  6. Sadly, The Way It Is never quite lives up to the album it could have been.
  7. 60
    Dry and straightforward disco-soul. [Jul 2005, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
    Aug 7, 2005
    This is the best album I have purchased this year. This girl has real talent and anybody that says this album is not a 10 needs there ears checked. I disagree with the E online rating who ever rated this album needs to be fired. Expand
  2. janetr
    Jul 25, 2005
    She's a true diamond in the rough and if this is the beginning then I can't wait for her next lp.
  3. LisaK.
    May 17, 2008
    I love this album i really do. I think that it is timeless u can never get tired of it and if u do just pop in "just like you". And the monica and mary comparison it's not necessary these women are all talented including ciara, beyonce, ashanti and mya. It's not fair 2 put them up against eachother. Expand
  4. ShayR
    Sep 13, 2005
    Best female album i've heard all year!! Perfect 10 all the way through..but my fav song is Love, thought you had my back!
  5. TriciaB
    Dec 12, 2005
    "If you haven't bought it, then you need to go get it." Keyshia Cole's album "The way it is" is in my opinion the best R&B album of the year. From the first to the last track you can either bop your head to soulful beats or sing your heart out right along with her. Her album brought me through a rough time I was having after a break up. She inspired me and helped me relize that I wasn't the only one thats been heartbroken. Expand
  6. LetoyaM
    Mar 13, 2007
    I think everyone needs to cop dis shit right quick. it is off the mothafucken chain. dis shit is bananas man. and all that talk about monica and Mary dat shit is 4real these three women are the R&B Queens. give it up 4 my girls Keyshis, monica and Mary. Expand
  7. StephanieT
    Mar 16, 2006
    I honestly do not see what the fuss is all about....her voice is just too nasal for my tastes. I think she has true potential, she just needs to learn how to open up her throat when she sings. Expand

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