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Songs in A Minor [Collector's Edition]
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Album: Songs in A Minor [Collector's Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Piano & I
2)    Girlfriend
3)    How Come You Don't Call Me
4)    Fallin'
5)    Troubles
6)    Rock wit U
7)    Woman's Worth, A
8)    Jane Doe
9)    Goodbye
10)    Life, The
11)    Mr. Man
12)    Never Felt This Way (Interlude)
13)    Butterflyz
14)    Why Do I Feel So Sad
15)    Caged Bird
1)    Woman's Worth [Remix], A - (remix)
2)    Juiciest [Mixtape Version]
3)    If I Was Your Woman [Original Funky Demo] - (previously unreleased)
4)    Fallin' [The Ali Soundtrack Version] - (previously unreleased, featuring Poet Mums Da Schemer)
5)    Typewriter - (previously unreleased)
6)    Butterflyz [The Drumline Mix] - (remix, previously unreleased)
7)    A Harlem Love Story: Fallin'/A Woman's Worth [Music Video] - (remix)
 

Album: Songs in A Minor [Collector's Edition]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Piano & I
2)    Girlfriend
3)    How Come You Don't Call Me
4)    Fallin'
5)    Troubles
6)    Rock wit U
7)    Woman's Worth, A
8)    Jane Doe
9)    Goodbye
10)    Life, The
11)    Mr. Man
12)    Never Felt This Way (Interlude)
13)    Butterflyz
14)    Why Do I Feel So Sad
15)    Caged Bird
1)    Woman's Worth [Remix], A - (remix)
2)    Juiciest [Mixtape Version]
3)    If I Was Your Woman [Original Funky Demo] - (previously unreleased)
4)    Fallin' [The Ali Soundtrack Version] - (previously unreleased, featuring Poet Mums Da Schemer)
5)    Typewriter - (previously unreleased)
6)    Butterflyz [The Drumline Mix] - (remix, previously unreleased)
7)    A Harlem Love Story: Fallin'/A Woman's Worth [Music Video] - (remix)
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Alicia Keys (vocals, various instruments, piano, keyboards); Jimmy Cozier (vocals): Gerald "G" Flowers, Arty White (guitar); Miri (violin); Isaac Hayes (Fender Rhodes piano); Brian Cox (keyboards); Richie Good (upright bass); Tim Shider, Vic Flowers, Rufus Jackson (electric bass); Norman Hedman (percussion); Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Anthony Nance (programming); Cindy Mizelle, Tammy Saunders, Andricka Hall, Paul L. Green, Kandi B (background vocals).
  • Producers: Jermaine Dupri, Brian McKnight, Alicia Keys, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers.
  • Alicia Keys won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. SONGS IN A MINOR won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "Fallin'" won the 2002 Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song.
  • Liner Note Author: Alan Light.
  • Recording information: Backroom Studios, Glendale, CA (1997); Battery Studios, New York, NY (1997); Doppler Studio, Atlanta (1997); Electric Lady Studios (1997); Emerald Studios, Nashville (1997); Jungle City Studios, New York, NY (1997); KrucialKeys Studios, New York, NY (1997); NRG Studios, Los Angeles (1997); Quad Recording, New York, NY (1997); Southside Studios, Atlanta (1997); The Hit Factory, New York, NY (1997); The House Of Music, Oakland (1997); Tony Toni Tone's Studio (1997); Unique Studios, New York, NY (1997); Backroom Studios, Glendale, CA (2001); Battery Studios, New York, NY (2001); Doppler Studio, Atlanta (2001); Electric Lady Studios (2001); Emerald Studios, Nashville (2001); Jungle City Studios, New York, NY (2001); KrucialKeys Studios, New York, NY (2001); NRG Studios, Los Angeles (2001); Quad Recording, New York, NY (2001); Southside Studios, Atlanta (2001); The Hit Factory, New York, NY (2001); The House Of Music, Oakland (2001); Tony Toni Tone's Studio (2001); Unique Studios, New York, NY (2001); Backroom Studios, Glendale, CA (2011); Battery Studios, New York, NY (2011); Doppler Studio, Atlanta (2011); Electric Lady Studios (2011); Emerald Studios, Nashville (2011); Jungle City Studios, New York, NY (2011); KrucialKeys Studios, New York, NY (2011); NRG Studios, Los Angeles (2011); Quad Recording, New York, NY (2011); Southside Studios, Atlanta (2011); The Hit Factory, New York, NY (2011); The House Of Music, Oakland (2011); Tony Toni Tone's Studio (2011); Unique Studios, New York, NY (2011).
  • Photographers: Eric Johnson ; Tony Duran .
  • Arranger: Alicia Keys.
  • 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. [The Deluxe Edition added a second disc, featuring both audio and video material. Six bonus tracks comprised the audio portion, including a previously unreleased track, a version of "Fallin'" from the soundtrack to Ali, and a remix of "A Woman's Worth" featuring Nas. The video portion included the short film A Harlem Love Story (aka videos "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth"), plus a making-of video about the inspiration behind the film.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With her classically trained voice and keyboard chops, Keys reintroduced the idea of a self-reliant R&B singer-songwriter -- a type that stretches back to Stevie Wonder."

Rolling Stone (1/03/02, p.118) - Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "Top 10 2001".

Rolling Stone (7/19/01, p.53) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Keys shows a maturity beyond her years...suggesting down-home R&B contemporaries like Jill Scott as well as yesteryear's soul sophisticates..."

Entertainment Weekly (6/29-7/6/01, p.144) - "...A debut full of promise..." - Rating: B

Q (1/03, p.56) - Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"

Q (9/01, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A prime candidate to head up the nu-soul revolution...with a voice that challenges Mary J. Blige's....Key's R&B trips to a fundamentally more old-skool set of values....Her sincerity is another plus..."

Uncut (11/01, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Frequently stunning....Keys soars like a young Aretha Franklin..."

CMJ (4/30/01, p.21) - "...The singer showcases her classical piano training atop slow and somber percussion...her deep soulful voice and heartfelt delivery carry the songs..."

Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Ranked #27 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".

Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "SONGS IN A MINOR has dated well -- cuts the likes of 'Fallin'' and 'A Woman's Worth' still sound fresh."
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