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CD1 
01 - Alicia Keys - As I Am (Intro)
02 - Alicia Keys - Go Ahead
03 - Alicia Keys - Superwoman
04 - Alicia Keys - No One
05 - Alicia Keys - Like You'll Never See Me Again
06 - Alicia Keys - Lesson Learned
07 - Alicia Keys - Wreckless Love
08 - Alicia Keys - The Thing About Love
09 - Alicia Keys - (Girl) I Love You
10 - Alicia Keys - I Need You
11 - Alicia Keys - After Laughter (Comes Tears)
12 - Alicia Keys - Prelude To A Kiss
13 - Alicia Keys - Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise)
14 - Alicia Keys - Sure Looks Good To Me
15 - Alicia Keys - Another Way To Die
16 - Alicia Keys - Doncha Know (Sky Is Blue)
17 - Alicia Keys - Saviour

CD2 bonus

01 - Alicia Keys - Live From the Coronet Theatre London

 

By now established as a major and talented force in the mainstream music world, Alicia Keys has perhaps earned the right to explore a little, to venture into new genres while still keeping a foot firmly planted in the R&B/neo-soul she grew out of. On her third full-length, As I Am, Keys takes a step closer toward the soul revival popularized by John Legend, with full-band arrangements and bright horn hooks, only occasionally falling back into the piano/melisma combination that drove the singles off her first two albums. Instead, here, as evidenced in "No One" -- which sounds all too ready to take on a "reggae dance mix" -- the guitar-driven "I Need You," "Wreckless Love," or "Where Do We Go from Here," which pays tribute to both Stax and Motown ("All I can do/Is follow the tracks of my tears," she sings, after a sample of Wendy Rene's "After Laughter [Comes Tears]" crackles through the first few bars), this is music that owes as much to pop as it does R&B, highlighted no less by the fact that the queen of radio rock herself, Linda Perry, co-writes three of the songs with Keys, including the straight-from-the-Stripped-sessions "The Thing About Love" and "Superwoman." It is on the latter, in fact, that Keys, unsurprisingly, turns furthest away from the style that brought her initial success (more so even than on the John Mayer collabo, "Lesson Learned," which is actually not bad) toward the generic-pop world, sliding in between corny and sincere, sometimes even in the same breath. "When I'm breaking down/And I can't be found/...'Cause no one knows/Me underneath these clothes/But I can fly/We can fly," she sings in the bridge, flatly. Keys has never been a brilliant lyricist, but she's always been able to write simple yet affective and honest words that don't seem trite, something that is forgotten here, and makes the track one of the weakest on the album. Fortunately, this doesn't happen too often, and as As I Am weaves its way through the drums and various keyboards and vocal harmonies that make up the backbone of her work here, punctuated by the great, hooky melodies and strings, you get the impression that this is in fact the sign of an artist who's not content to only follow the path that's brought her previous acclaim, an artist who's looking to find more, both about herself and her music, and an artist who carries these developments, these insights, with her. And so even though As I Am is a flawed work -- a little too poppy, a little too clichéd -- it is also indicative of what Keys can and will do, and that she is someone, thanks to her curiosity, intelligence, and natural talent, who will be able to mature and grow for years to come. ---Marisa Brown, Rovi

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Alicia Keys - Songs In A Minor (2001) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/164-aliciakeys/293-songsinaminor.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/164-aliciakeys/293-songsinaminor.html Alicia Keys - Songs In A Minor (2001)

CD1:
01. Piano & I
02. Girlfriend
03. How Come You Don’t Call Me
04. Fallin’
05. Troubles
06. Rock Wit U
07. A Woman’s Worth
08. Jane Doe
09. Goodbye
10. The Life
11. Mr. Man (duet with Jimmy Cozier)
12. Never Felt This Way (interlude)
13. Butterflyz
14. Why Do I Feel So Sad
15. Caged Bird
16. Lovin U

CD2:
01. A Woman’s Worth (Remix) featuring Nas
02. Juiciest (Mixtape Version)
03. If I Were Your Woman (Funky Blues Demo)
04. Fallin’ (Ali Soundtrack Version)
05. Typewriter (From the songs in A minor vault)
06. Butterflyz (The Drumline Mix)

 

She may be beautiful, but Alicia Keys is a musician first and foremost. She plants herself firmly behind the piano keys on her debut, unlike many of the booty-waggin' junior divas who are crowding the R&B videoscape these days. Though many of the tracks on Songs in A Minor are embellished with adolescent angst, this 20-year-old's substantial, gorgeously soul-drenched alto putties the cracks between notes with astonishing ease. "Fallin'," the album's first single, showcases Keys at her best. She wails plaintively and passionately over rolling blues chords, in the tradition of the greats that this young talent clearly wants to align herself with--Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Aretha Franklin. She swoops and soars over the spicy, flamenco-fueled melody that opens "Mr. Mann," one of the many winning tracks gathered here. And she digs deep into a remake of the beloved Prince B-side, "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" packing more heat into her melismatic wails than most singers twice her age. ---Sylvia W. Chan, Editorial Reviews

 

Alicia Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its release in the summer of 2001, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth '70s soul, even a little Billie Holiday. In retrospect, it was the idea of Alicia Keys that was as attractive as the record, since soul fans were hungering for a singer/songwriter who seemed part of the tradition without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than Lauryn Hill. Keys was all that, and she had style to spare -- elegant, sexy style accentuated by how she never oversang, giving the music a richer feel. It was rich enough to compensate for some thinness in the writing -- though it was a big hit, "Fallin'" doesn't have much body to it -- which is a testament to Keys' skills as a musician. And, the fact is, even though there are some slips in the writing, there aren't many, and the whole thing remains a startling assured, successful debut that deserved its immediate acclaim and is already aging nicely. ---Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Alicia Keys - The Elements Of Freedom (2009) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/164-aliciakeys/3060-the-elements-of-freedom.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/164-aliciakeys/3060-the-elements-of-freedom.html Alicia Keys - The Elements Of Freedom (2009)

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01. The Element Of Freedom (Intro)
02. Love Is Blind
03. Doesn t Mean Anything
04. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
05. Wait Til You See My Smile
06. That s How Strong My Love Is
07. Un-thinkable (I m Ready)
08. Love Is My Disease
09. Like The Sea
10. Put It In A Love Song (feat. Beyonce)
11. This Bed
12. Distance And Time
13. How It Feels To Fly
14. Empire State Of Mind (Part II)

 

According to Alicia Keys, who was battling depression following the loss of a family member, her fourth album was a struggle to conceive. But, as befits the thrust of her songwriting, she overcame adversity to make a confident, well-crafted modern soul record that engages and rewards without doing anything groundbreaking. Almost every track deals with the ups and downs of love and proceeds at a stately pace. The restraint works powerfully on "Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart", but the punchier moments towards the end – the Beyoncé duet and a return to Jay-Z's exuberant "Empire State of Mind" – come as something of a relief. ---Kilian Fox, guardian.co.uk

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Alicia Keys - The Platinum Collection (3CD) (2010) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/164-aliciakeys/4804-alicia-keys-the-platinum-collection-3cd-2010.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/164-aliciakeys/4804-alicia-keys-the-platinum-collection-3cd-2010.html Alicia Keys - The Platinum Collection (3CD) (2010)

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DISC 1 
1. (00:01:52) - Piano & I
2. (00:04:36) - Girlfriend
3. (00:04:34) - How Come You Don't Call Me
4. (00:04:14) - Fallin'
5. (00:05:15) - Troubles
6. (00:04:14) - Rock Wit U
7. (00:03:53) - A Woman's Worth
8. (00:03:50) - Jane Doe
9. (00:03:10) - Goodbye
10. (00:05:10) - The Life
11. (00:04:11) - Mr. Man (Duet with Jimmy Cozier)
12. (00:02:08) - Never Felt This Way (Interlude)
13. (00:04:28) - Butterflyz
14. (00:04:31) - Why Do I Feel So Sad
15. (00:03:02) - Caged Bird
16. (00:03:48) - Lovin U


DISC 2
1. (00:01:44) - Harlem's Nocturne
2. (00:04:16) - Karma
3. (00:03:28) - Heartburn
4. (00:03:06) - If I Was Your Woman / Walk On By
5. (00:06:07) - You Don't Know My Name
6. (00:03:49) - If I Ain't Got You
7. (00:04:44) - Diary (feat. Tony! Toni! Toné!)
8. (00:04:37) - Dragon Days
9. (00:04:27) - Wake Up
10. (00:03:50) - So Simple
11. (00:04:10) - When You Really Love Someone
12. (00:02:08) - Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude)
13. (00:04:18) - Slow Down
14. (00:04:12) - Samsonite Man
15. (00:02:57) - Nobody Not Really


DISC3
1. (00:01:52) - As I Am (Intro)
2. (00:04:36) - Go Ahead
3. (00:04:34) - Superwoman
4. (00:04:14) - No One
5. (00:05:15) - Like You'll Never See Me Again
6. (00:04:14) - Lesson Learned (featuring John Mayer)
7. (00:03:53) - Wreckless Love
8. (00:03:50) - The Thing About Love
9. (00:03:10) - Teenage Love Affair
10. (00:05:10) - I Need You
11. (00:04:11) - Where Do We Go From Here
12. (00:02:08) - Prelude To A Kiss
13. (00:04:28) - Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise)
14. (00:04:31) - Sure Looks Good To Me

 

By mixing R&B with a sultry dose of neo-soul, Alicia Keys became an international star in 2001 with the release of her debut album. Songs in A Minor sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of availability and eventually moved over ten million units worldwide, thus setting the stage for the 20 year-old's long career. Although she shared the charts with R&B contemporaries like Destiny's Child, Keys' talent distinguished her as a different sort of diva, one who played a variety of instruments and penned the majority of her songs without outside help. The Diary of Alicia Keys cemented her popularity two years later, and Alicia Keys spent the rest of the decade refining her now-signature sound.

Alicia Augello Cook was born in Harlem in early 1981. Raised by her Italian-American mother, she enrolled in classical piano lessons at the age of seven and began writing songs four years later. An education at the Professional Performance Arts School helped develop her vocal skills, and Alicia graduated at the age of 16 as the class valedictorian. Two Columbias loomed on the immediate horizon: Columbia University and Columbia Records, both of whom had extended offers to the talented student/musician. Although she attempted to make both options work, Alicia found it difficult to juggle the two commitments and chose to focus exclusively on her music career. Assuming the stage name of Alicia Keys, she began working with Columbia and contributed a song to the Men in Black soundtrack, but disputes with the label resulted in her contract's termination.

Keys bounced back by aligning herself with Clive Davis, the president of Arista Records, but work on her debut album stalled when Davis was ousted from the company in 2000. Davis soon formed his own label, J Records, and welcomed Keys back into the fold with an aggressive publicity campaign (including an influential appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show). Songs in A Minor was then released in June 2001 and debuted at the top of the charts, eventually netting five Grammys and rising to platinum status in ten different countries. Released in 2003, The Diary of Alicia Keys enjoyed similar Grammy-certified success, and Keys released a book of poetry the following year.

A live CD/DVD package, Unplugged, arrived in 2005 and followed Keys' two previous releases to the top of the charts, even if it failed to win any of the four Grammys for which it was nominated. Alicia Keys then entered the acting world, starring in both Smokin' Aces and The Nanny Diaries in 2007, before issuing the pop-influenced As I Am later that year. It became her fourth consecutive number one album, and she was nominated for another handful of Grammys as a result, with "Superwoman" winning the award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in early 2009. As the year drew to a close, Keys returned to the top of the Billboard charts with "Empire State of Mind," a Jay-Z single that featured her vocals, and released her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom. Although it went platinum, The Element of Freedom didn't reach number one in the U.S., becoming her first album to miss the top slot. It did reach number one in the U.K., though, marking Keys' first chart-topping album in Europe and highlighting her status as a global artist. --- Andrew Leahey, AMG

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Alicia Keys - VH1 Storytellers (2013) http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/164-aliciakeys/14383-alicia-keys-vh1-storytellers-2013.html http://www.theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/164-aliciakeys/14383-alicia-keys-vh1-storytellers-2013.html Alicia Keys - VH1 Storytellers (2013)

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1. No One
2. Brand New Me
3. You Don't Know My Name
4. Empire State Of Mind (Pt. II) Broken Down
5. Not Even The King
6. Fallin'
7. If I Ain't Got You
8. Girl On Fire
9. New Day
10. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
11. Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)

 

First aired ten days prior to the release of Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys' VH1 Storytellers program featured six songs. While this set expands the set to 11 songs, it does not present the full performance. Heavy editing was involved; certain portions of Keys' dialogue re hacked up, crowd noise is unnaturally lowered and raised in volume, and there is little evident effort to make the songs flow. Keys' first words here, the lead-in to "No One," are "We were at the end of the album, and it was finished, and…" -- so it provokes the feeling of walking into the venue as the gig is in progress. Furthermore, much of her intro to the following "Brand New Me" was cut. For all its choppiness, VH1 Storytellers is enjoyably off-the-cuff, with Keys' anecdotes (including an extended tale about the making of "You Don't Know My Name") and remarks ("I love an acoustic guitar!") often delivered as she and her band are playing. The five songs that didn't air are relevant, including a hot "Fallin'" that could have easily been overcooked, and an "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" that packs a heavier rhythmic punch than the studio version. Ironically, this is less showy than 2005's Unplugged, and it's better for it. ---Andy Kellman, Rovi

 

Alicia Keys od zawsze oczarowywała słuchaczy podczas swoich występów. VH1 Storytellers to zapis koncertu Alicii zarejestrowany w listopadzie 2012 r. Artystka zabiera nas w muzyczną podróż od początku swojej kariery. Alicia gra 11 swoich największych hitów i opowiada historie związane z każdym z nich, m.in.: „No One”, Fallin’”, „Empire State of Mind”, „If I Anin’t Got You” czy „Girl On Fire”. ---empik.com

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