Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. She might be unplugged--but she's still electrifying.
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    For once, Unplugged largely leaves Keys' runaway careerism in the dressing room, where it belongs. [14 Oct 2005, p.148]
  3. Billboard
    This self-assured, illuminating "MTV Unplugged" performance underscores Keys' boundless passion for her craft. [15 Oct 2005]
  4. Blender
    A stellar set. [Nov 2005, p.135]
  5. Q Magazine
    Stands as an apt reminder that she is the finest soul talent of her generation. [Dec 2005, p.152]
  6. Los Angeles Times
    The problems in this 72-minute package come chiefly when the exquisite singer-songwriter moves to what you'd think would be the creative heart of the album: material that isn't on her earlier CDs. [9 Oct 2005]
  7. This recording bursts with sweet soul that seems to feed off the adoring crowd.
  8. I’m definitely recommending Unplugged--with reservations, but it’s still a recommendation--but damn, I just wish the fun Keys seems to have on stage would translate more clearly to record.
  9. There's no sense of storytelling or momentum to her performances: she starts the song in one place and stays there riding in circles until the end.
  10. An abbreviated "You Don't Know My Name," truly a producer's creation, falls flat here, and she treats covers of Gladys Knight's "If I Was Your Woman" and "Every Little Bit Hurts" like vocal auditions and not the blank canvases of an interpretive artist.
  11. Just another bloated arena show.
  12. It's great if you like her, not so great if you don't, and right down the middle for everyone else.
  13. Mojo
    Underpowered covers... confirm the impression of a high-octane artist tired out and running on empty. [Dec 2005, p.105]
  14. Uncut
    Keys hasn't the charisma to indulge in the inter-song banter here, which breaks up any soulful flow that might develop despite her sharp, hectoring vocals. [Jan 2006, p.108]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. DavidC
    Sep 15, 2006
    This is an amazing album. Alicia has the most beautiful voice I've ever heard. She shows strengh and love, nothing else is needed.
  2. Aug 10, 2011
    tudo nesse disco e perfeito: afinação, arranjos, desenvoltura, tudo! todas as cantoras tinham que ter essatudo nesse disco e perfeito: afinação, arranjos, desenvoltura, tudo! todas as cantoras tinham que ter essa qualidade de keys ao vivo. talvez ela seja a melhor cantora da decada passada. Full Review »
  3. frans
    Nov 29, 2005
    its amazin' no words for it... stolen moments is 1 of my favo's