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"A' Minor" miracle? It majorly is......
Reviewed in the United States on October 13, 2005
This is the debut that made a legend out of a young, classically trained pianist, by the name of Alicia Keys. It was the song "Fallin'" (from this album) that established her as the brilliant, musical genius that she is, to the general public. I have heard that song on a variety of formats of radio stations (R&B, soft pop, adult contemporary). This is just a representation of her accessibility and cross-over appeal as an artist. Of course, Alicia is far from a one hit wonder. That is made evident in "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" (her interpretation of the song written by Prince, as an ode to love lost) and "A Woman's Worth" (where she lays the groundwork for relationships and how it is about "give" and take").
It is Keys' combination of musical interpretation, prolific lyrical ability, soulful voice and vast range of influences (who include Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, among others), that give her the staying power as an entertainer. The three songs mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. You need to listen to the ENTIRE album to really get the full experience....I highly reccomend this CD.