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The Diary Of Alicia Keys

The Diary Of Alicia Keys

2 Dec 2003
4.6 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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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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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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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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Usually I judge albums on the number of good tracks. This album is a complete body of work by itself. I bought this CD on the strength of "You don't know my name". I was not dissappointed. This album did not need several plays to get into I fell in love with it on first play. I sat at home on Sunday night just listening to it. This is the type of album you will want to listen to at home, by yourself lying on the sofa, phone off, candles lit. The tracks are mellow, romantic and make you want to fall in love. This is real music for the soul
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From the 'Harlem’s Nocturne' intro right through to 'Samsonite Man' and 'Nobody Not Really' there is such an awesome aura about the music the listner experiences. Whether you're feeling happy, sad, excited or solemn this album is worth a listen - even for people who usually hate this genre of music.
Simply talented...
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It is true that Alicia's first album is a modern classic and it wasn't really going to happen that her 2nd would top it, but she came pretty close. Though the theme's are not as varied as the first album (this one mainly being about love), the songs themselves are done in a way that was different to the staple of R&B. In the instrumentation of the songs Alicia is taking from rock as well as hip-hop to give this album a solid flow but the songs don't sound the same, an example being the second track 'Karma' kicking in with a highly danceable beat and anthemic chorus only to be followed by the ultra-funky 'Heartburn'. The album continues to effortlessly change it's pace and genre while keeping it's feel and flow. And of course Alicia's voice is still as powerful and beautiful as "Songs In A Minor", the best showcase of this being 'Diary' where she exchanges wails with the 90's R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! and comes out on top. Other highlights include one of her concert pleasers 'If I Ain't Got You' and the half sung half spoken 'You Don't Know My Name' that give this album the timelessness it deserves. An essential addition on any R&B collection or any fan of well-produced/well-written music.
Essential Tracks:
Heartburn
You Don't Know My Name
If I Ain't Got You
Diary
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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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