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The Diary Of Alicia Keys

The Diary Of Alicia Keys

2 Dec 2003

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Dec 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Dec 2003
  • Label: J Records
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  • Total Length: 57:45
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  • ASIN: B001GUBBDS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,412 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug 2005
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when it was first released and have yet to come across another "rnb" album - if we can call it that - of its calibre. Many albums can you get excited, or make you sad - but this inspires feelings of another era altogether. The album has a kinda Jackie Brown/The Delfonics vibe to it. Some tracks like Nobody Not Really are perfect for jumpin into your time machine and hailing a new york yellow cab in the 70s in the pouring rain and watching the bright lights through the pasenger window. Not that you do that, but thats the vibe almost!
Simply brilliant.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on 3 Dec 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I bought this album on the strength of the single ('You Don't Know My Name') and reviews in The Times. I know next to nothing about the artist, and I'm probably far too old to understand all the nuances of her lyrics. But the music -- the tunes -- on this CD are really wonderful. It looks set to appear in many a Christmas stocking -- for those who have the patience to wait three more weeks.
Given the single, and given the CD cover, I had been expecting Alicia's piano to be given greater prominence in the mix, such as it is. Is it just me, or has the production of this album been a deliberately low-tech AM-friendly affair? The melody of the single harks back to Marvin Gaye's classic 'What's Going on?', and the production seems equally muffled. Another example: on track #10, 'So Simple', Alicia has added some prerequisite scratching, which has been done a thousand times since Madonna's 'Erotica'.
Alicia's band is pretty small. There does not seem to be a drummer -- despite the frequent appearance of drums on most tracks -- so we must assume that drums come courtesy of 'digital programming'. This music is far more cerebral than Beyonce, who also uses a tiny musical team. Neither, to my ear, quite approaches the standard set by Jimmy Jam / Terry Lewis for Alexander O'Neal's 'Hearsay'.
But this is a great album to end 2003 on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Sam Davies on 16 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yes she is in touch with the classics, and yes she is in touch with the street.
It's a rare thing, and it still comes out in her music - the frantic violins of 'Karma', the piano arpeggios of Harlem's Nocturne' and the dreamy, filmic theme of 'Nobody Not Really'.
She is also in touch with the classics of soul, so there is more than a hint of Stevie Wonder to her writing.
If anything, 'The Diary Of..' is a little bit more knowing about urban styles than the breathtaking debut 'Songs In A Minor'. There is more of a hip-hop undercurrent, and there's more work for your sub-woofers to do.
It's in the shadow of it's predecessor, the 5-star debut 'Songs In A Minor', in my humble opinion, but it's still a 4-star wonder, which makes you hope that Keys will not be squeezed into the destiny of just another hip hop soul singer in a crowded marketplace.
Great voice, great pianist, great album. Great!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DidYouSeeRufus on 18 Nov 2004
Format: Audio CD
I had been looking forward tot his album for the past two years. i regularly went on her website to check that i had got the release date right. i didn't want to miss it. when it came out I was straight in the store buying my copy to see if it was all that.
I am trying to think of a word that could possibly sum up how absolutely brilliant it is. Every song is worthy of it's place and every lyric is worthy of wordsworth.
Harlems nocturne: 10/10
a much more inventive intro than that on Songs in A minor. The first thirty seconds you hear pure genius of piano playing and from then on you get some great thought provoking lyrics. great.
Karma: 10/10
This was a song i heard when i was in the store buying her album. i didn't know it was her song, how could I/ but after a few seconds of listening to it in the store, i knew who i was listening to. a quite brilliant up tempo song, with a great catchy chorus.
Heartburn: 10/10
one of my favourite songs she has ever done. so sassy and amazing. The drum beat that introduces it makes you bob your head to the beat. such an infectious song. you will be singing it for weeks.
If I Was Your Woman/Walk On By: 10/10
Gladys knight first sung this and i adored the song. now if it is possible i love it even more. Alicia keys brings something refreshing and new to this song. little changes just make this song unforgettable.
You Don't Know My Name: 10/10
surprised for ut to be the first single? I was. but after hearing on the radio, i can totaly understand why she did it. another of my favourites. especially as my name is michael, and in the spoken part of the song, she calls out my name. love it.
If I Ain't Got You: 10/10
The best song I have ever heard from anyone. That is saying something isn't it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Burjiz on 27 Mar 2004
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Alicia Keys received such critical praise and commercial success with her debut release (a great marriage R&B, hip-hop, and jazz)that I was concerned that she would let it go to head and lose focus. Then, the naysayers (who love to rip down those who have received maybe too much, too soon) and those who think that she was and continues to be overpraised could say "I told you so!". Well, those naysayers will have to wait as Alicia has put out an even better release than her debut. It's not perfect by far, as few things are, but she's heading in the right direction and the release grows on you more and more as you let it flow into your consciousness.
I love that she's not abandoned her piano arrangements as they are becoming quite an integral part of her work. The opener sets the bar for the rest of the CD and many meet or surpass the introduction.
The highlights include "Heartburn": I love Timbaland's production and Alicia's voice combined to 10++++ and this is a single waiting to take off; "If I Was Your Woman/Walk On By": Alicia makes the song truly her own vocally and there is a nice Eastern flavour to it; "You Don't Know My Name": It's the non-conventional first single that grows on you. It's a mid-tempo song with a great interlude for the spoken word and an amazing outro. Also it just might be the best written song on the CD; "If I Ain't Got You": Showcases the raspier side of Alicia's voice and she just belts this song in such a way that feels just right. I fear that this song may become one of those songs that the kids from "American Idol" destroy in an attempt to show that they can SING (usually not);"Diary": Slowly reveals itself, she sounds amazing, and you can feel the great touch of Tony!Toni!Tone! in the arrangement and in the choruses.
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