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Songs In A Minor Has the Keys to your Heart,
By A Customer
This review is from: Songs In A Minor [Bonus Track] (Audio CD)
A 20-year-old New Yorker, Alicia Keys is a breath of fresh air amid the existing mainstream situation and has the makings for great success in the R&B/soul, even popular, domain. Not only does she boast all the archetypal requirements for global success, she has also secured the espousal of the critics, being regularly compared to Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, et al. In addition, her adolescent influences illuminate her music to full effect: James Brown practically has an invisible presence in the undulating Fallin', while Caged Bird gives more than a subtle nod in the direction of Stevie Wonder. The entire album is enriched by a classical inspiration coming from a talented classically trained pianist.
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.