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Alicia Keys is arguably one of the greatest and most gifted talents to emerge this century. In her relatively short career, Alicia Keys has already been awarded 9 Grammy's; sold over 25 million albums; been referred to as 'the female Stevie Wonder' or 'today's Aretha Franklin' by critics world-wide; and, moreover, been immortalised in song by Bob Dylan.

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  • Audio CD (19 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B000WW286K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. (Girl) I Love You
2. After Laughter (Comes Tears)
3. Skain's Domain
4. As I Am (Intro)
5. Go Ahead
6. Superwoman
7. No One
8. Like You'll Never See Me Again
9. Lesson Learned
10. Wreckless Love
11. The Thing About Love
12. Teenage Love Affair
13. I Need You
14. Where Do We Go From Here
15. Prelude To A Kiss
16. Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise)
17. Sure Looks Good To Me
18. Waiting For Your Love

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Alicia Keys As I Am

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By the time this long-awaited album saw its release date, most fans had probably read at least a couple of interviews with Alicia Keys in which she explained that first single, "No One"--a firestorm of a song clearly born of a sore heart and steeped in serious soul-searching, was about her decision to retreat from the obligations of stardom when she found out a loved one was in need of her care. The anecdote sticks not just because it explained the song so well--you can actually hear the pain, commitment, and determination in her sultry voice--but because it gets at what makes the woman behind the music so appealing. There's only one way R&B artists grow to become legends, and it's by drenching the words they sing with feeling (think Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack). The skeptical listener might have had her doubts before As I Am, but there's no mistaking it now: Alicia Keys is well on her way to sharing a category with them. This record radiates not just old-soul maturity, the kind Alicia fans say makes her modern rarity, but real soul. Vintage-leaning hooks and horns grab hold on "Where Do We Go from Here" and an assortment of other songs, but Keys can also get by just fine without them, as she proves on more pop-flavored numbers like "Lesson Learned," with John Mayer, and "Superwoman." The genres may be smearing, she seems to say, but bring them on: she won't shrink back. Her commitment is not to a single style but to what's stirring her soul. Because of it, she's moving R&B, or something like it, from the hips back to the heart. --Tammy La Gorce

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Bowles on 14 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
I got this album for christmas and I would be willing to say that it's my favourite album of all time. Alicia has an incredible voice and each song is beautiful. If you listen to the lyrics you can appreciate that there is genuine emotion and thought behind each song and wahey - she actully writes her own music!! Alicia is also a very talented pianist. The album takes you on a journey - through the beginning of a relationship, breaking up and finding the strength again to go on. Hard to say which song to skip to, by superwoman is incredible - gives me shivers everytime I listen to it. 'Lesson learned' and 'teenage love affair' are also standout tracks. Girls, this album and chocolate is definately a cure for any man troubles!! Buy this album!! You will not regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 19 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
1. As I Am. 10/10
2. Go Ahead. 10/10
3. Superwoman. 10/10
4. No One. 10/10
5. Like You'll Never See Me Again. 10/10
6. Lesson Learned. 9/10
7. Wreckless Love. 10/10
8. The Thing About Love. 9/10
9. Teenage Love Affair. 10/10
10. I Need You. 9/10
11. Where Do We Go From Here. 10/10
12. Prelude to a Kiss. 10/10
13. Tell You Something. 9/10
14. Sure Looks Good To Me. 9/10
15. Waiting For Your Love. 7/10

OVERALL GRADE: 10/10
You can't really compare the 3 AK albums as their different.

Songs In A Minor = Classical
The Diary of Alicia Keys = Street
As I Am = Old Soul/Be-Bop/Old Skool-Jazz
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is different to Alicia's previous albums but it isn't worse, it's just as powerful and affecting but it's quieter. It's more experimental, there seems to be more variety in the way she uses her voice, the instrumentation and the musical influences seem more diverse but as an Alicia Keys fan I am overjoyed to finally have this cd.

When I first listened to 'As I Am' I was surprised at the number of quieter 'ballad' tracks but it's growing on me and I can see a lot of familiar elements here that I loved in the other recordings, e.g., 'Teenage Love Affair' has a blissful retro summery feel that takes me back to 'You Don't Know My Name' and 'Go Ahead' has a similar driving power to the first couple of tracks on 'The Diary'. Also there are several tracks on here that almost immediately moved me to tears, really well crafted love songs and I could easily compare 'Tell You Something' to the special effect 'If I Ain't Got You' always had on me.

I'm not trying to say that this album is the same as the previous recordings because it isn't, if I wasn't already writing this review after 1 day of owning the cd I'd say it's more of a slow-burn album. To me it has a more profound happiness and a lot of love and a little less thunder about it. I'm happy with the differences and glad to have the things that haven't changed - great songs, fantastic vocals and beautiful piano. To me it's a good sign, artists that change stick around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Rhodes on 5 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
Now first of all, I'll admit I've never really been a Alisha Keys fan... yes she has certainly dropped some memorable tracks in the past, but I just never felt completely at ease with her airy husky style. That's all changed now with the release of probably one of the finest CDs in R&B (even Nu Soul) history. This really is a masterpiece and an achievement not normally possible for the more mainstream artist these days.

Every single track oozes heart, love and emotion. Alisha touches her audience in a way Jill Scott managed several years ago, but at the same time she engages all with up-tempo beats and a sound that's so completely original its hard to draw parallels with other current releases.

This is a must have for anyone's collection. It's a golden 5 Star effort and a future classic. Well done Alisha.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jm Ratcliffe on 12 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
Alicia Keys has created something spectacularly honest, raw and beautiful with this album. It's obvious her heart and soul has gone into telling her story in a way that really hits home with people. The vocals are so spine tingling and soul shaking! Do not miss 'Teenage Love Affair', 'Like You'll Never See Me Again', 'Wreckless Love' and 'Where Do We Go From Here'. An absolute masterpiece! An absolute genius!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam VINE VOICE on 25 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good album, which showcases Alicia Keys' talent and vocally it stretches her to her limits (and occasionaly too far!)
1.As I Am-I'm not a fan of instrumental tracks, however even I can appreciate the brilliance of this song. 9/10
2.Go Ahead-A great uptempo start to the album. 7/10
3.Superwoman-An excellent and powerful ballad. 8/10
4.No One-Vocally very strong and a brilliant lead single. 10/10
5.Like You'll Never See Me Again-A super quieter ballad. 9/10
6.Lesson Learned-I really love this song, very catchy. 10/10
7.Wreckless Love-More of an uptempo song. 8/10
8.The Thing About Love-Very enjoyable ballad. 8/10
9.Teenage Love Affair-I think this is great, very well written. 9/10
10.I Need You-Superb ballad. 8/10
11.Where Do We Go From Here-This is vocally a bit screechy and draining to listen to. 5/10
12.Prelude To A Kiss-Beautiful. 9/10
13.Tell You Something-A bit forgettable. 7/10
14.Sure Looks Good To Me-A gentle end to the album. 6/10
15[BONUS]: Waiting For Your Love-The most uptempo track of the album, but a bit of a mess. 6/10
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