(2016) Songs In A Minor

Alicia Keys

... read moreAlicia Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its release in the summer of 2001, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her...

01:02′:47″ 16 Songs

1
Piano & I
Alicia Keys
1:44
2
Girlfriend
Alicia Keys
3:34
3
How Come You Don't Call Me
Alicia Keys
3:57
4
Fallin'
Alicia Keys
3:28
5
Troubles
Alicia Keys
4:28
6
Rock Wit U
Alicia Keys
5:36
7
A Woman's Worth
Alicia Keys
5:02
8
Jane Doe
Alicia Keys
3:43
9
Goodbye
Alicia Keys
4:17
10
The Life
Alicia Keys
5:26
11
Mr. Man
Alicia Keys
4:07
12
Never Felt This Way
Alicia Keys
2:01
13
Butterflyz
Alicia Keys
4:12
14
Why Do I Feel So Sad
Alicia Keys
4:25
15
Caged Bird
Alicia Keys
2:59
16
Lovin U
Alicia Keys
3:48
Released 23 April 2016, ℗ 2001 Arista Records, Inc. under exclusive license to J Records LLC. Printed In U.S.A. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Review

Alicia Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its release in the summer of 2001, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth '70s soul, even a little Billie Holiday. In retrospect, it was the idea of Alicia Keys that was as attractive as the record, since soul fans were hungering for a singer/songwriter who seemed part of the tradition without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than Lauryn Hill. Keys was all that, and she had style to spare -- elegant, sexy style accentuated by how she never oversang, giving the music a richer feel. It was rich enough to compensate for some thinness in the writing -- though it was a big hit, "Fallin'" doesn't have much body to it -- which is a testament to Keys' skills as a musician. And, the fact is, even though there are some slips in the writing, there aren't many, and the whole thing remains a startling assured, successful debut that deserved its immediate acclaim and is already aging nicely. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine