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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking!,
This review is from: Songs in a Minor: & Ltd. Edition Remixed/Unplugged Disc (Audio CD)Ever since the first time I heard Fallin',I have been hooked.The combination of her stunning voice,and the piano,is guaranteed to give you those tingles you get,when you(very rarely)hear a song that just takes your breath away.But this album brings much more than that,over and over.The album is great,but with this new release,you get an extra cd,with dance and hip hop mixes,the added addition of Gangsta Lovin' with Eve,as well as live performances,which sound better than in the recording studio,with the sound of the audience,giving the extra atmosphere.This double cd is worth buying,even if you already have the studio album.My favourites are Fallin',Girlfriend,Butterflyz,and the live Someday We Will All Be Free.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Songs in a Minor: & Ltd. Edition Remixed/Unplugged Disc (Audio CD)This album with the second disc is worth buying even if you already have the album after the first release.
Disc One: This contains all the tracks that we know and love, each track is different in its own way, and really brings out the best in RnB music.
Disc Two: With the first half including remixes and extra tracks not from the first disc (eg. Gansta Lovin w/Eve) and the unplugged, this should be its own album.
The remixes include almost everything, so whatever you like, its bound to be on there...
The live tracks are from one show, so they all link together without any nasty edits. You can hear how wild the crowd go for Alicia Keys, and how right they are to do so!!!!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A major achievement.,
The hauntingly atmospheric Fallin' paved the way for Ms. Keys in 2001, and the album contains two versions of the incredibly popular track. The second version, a remix featuring Busta Rhymes, is barely recognisable as it introduces a previously unheard rap section with Keys' voice over a backing track of vocal medley and harmonising. The catchy Girlfriend is similar in tempo to the equally infectious Jane Doe - which will have you humming all day long. Keys' opportunity to showcase her vocal capabilities comes when the ballads arrive: Goodbye holds its course as the champion of the tearjerker collection, with its twangy guitar rhythms and smooth harmonisation. Never Felt This Way and Butterflyz - although seeing Keys where she so obviously belongs tinkling with her piano - seem to lose their direction, if indeed they were ever in possession of one to begin with. Avidly awaiting some kind of progression, neither track seemed to satisfy me in getting off the ground, and retained the same key and tempo throughout. Track fourteen, Why Do I Feel So Sad, sees a return to form with its smooth melodies and progressive tempo.
Some of the latter tracks mentioned are at times difficult to distinguish from each other and are similar to the offerings of more mainstream artists such as Britney Spears. Do not, however, let the mediocre ballads on this album cloud your perception of the outstanding tracks at the beginning: Track six - Rock Wit You, for instance is a laid-back affair, sleekly produced with a thumping beat and strings arrangement. The neighbours may soon be pounding on the wall, although if they have any musical taste whatsoever they'll probably be signalling for you to turn it up a notch.
Those of you who are adamant that a decent musician should not only be able to play an instrument, but also write their own songs will be pleased to learn that Keys wrote (or co-wrote) fifteen of the seventeen tracks on offer. With the Britney/J-Lo/Kylie influence dominating the charts presently, it is refreshing to find an artist who needs to resort to neither mainstream pop nor the stripping of clothes to sell records.
All in all, "Songs in A Minor" is a mixed bag, not only in musical style but also in lyrical content. Many of the songs are performed with such passion that it wouldn't surprise me to discover that they are - at least in part - autobiographical. Keys' voice is able to adapt to a variety of styles and even lends itself to rap in parts. Keys is unique in the diversity she possesses, but in places sounds rather like eighties soul diva Sade. The album could be described as nothing less than a remarkable achievement; one that will surely prove to be timeless.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs In A Minor Has the Keys to your Heart,
By A Customer
Songs In A Minor is full of contrasts from the introspective Piano & I through the pensive Caged Bird. Keys's vocal talents are best represented on Prince's How Come You Don't Call Me (testimony to her abilities, indeed) and A Woman's Worth, while Goodbye, Never Felt This Way/Butterflyz and Why Do I Feel So Sad enthral through their throbbing earnestness. The album also dabbles in sassy groove (Girlfriend), Latin flavours (Mr. Man) and rhythmic funk (Rock Wit U). Songs In A Minor is an excellent debut album that stands out from the crowd and, when all's said and done, an artist that is invited to perform at the House of Commons at a show organised by a Labour MP must be doing something right.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulfull Diva,
I could go on and on about they way she uses dynamics and tempos and how the merge of all the notes make you tingle, but it would be best for yourself to buy the album and enjoy the angelic voice of Alicia Keys.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This girl got grooves - fabulously soultastic,
By A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD,
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD,
4.0 out of 5 stars great musician,
great musician, great music
A definate must have for alicia fans.
One of her earlier albums so you can see the rawness in her talent which makes it all the more better.
the fusion of r n b with jazz and urban and classical make it all the more delightful to hear
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