Songs in A Minor

Songs in A Minor

by Alicia KeysAlicia Keys


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2001
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0888837942225
catalogNumber: 379422
Rank: 3494

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alicia Keys   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Brian Cox   Keyboards
Isaac Hayes   fender rhodes
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
John Peters   Organ
Norman Hedman   Percussion
Tim Shider   Bass
Arty White   Guitar
Andricka Hall   Background Vocals
Kandi   Background Vocals
Richie Goods   Bass,Upright Bass
Arden Altino   Keyboards
Tammy Saunders   Background Vocals
Gerald Flowers   Guitar
Reggie Flowers   Fills
Miri   Strings,Violin,Keyboards
Rufus Jackson   Bass
Paul L. Green   Background Vocals
Vic Flowers   Bass
& C Productions   Strings

Technical Credits

Prince   Composer
Brian McKnight   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Jimmy Cozier   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Duet
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Isaac Hayes   String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement
Jeff Robinson   Executive Producer
Joshua Thompson   Composer
Rick St. Hillaire   Engineer
Alli   Art Direction
Kandi Burruss   Composer
Anthony Nance   drum programming
Gerry Brown   Engineer
Warryn Campbell   Composer
Kerry Brothers   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Digital Programming,Production Concept
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Kandi   Arranger,Producer
Isaac Hayes Orchestra   String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement
Alicia Keys   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Instrumentation,Digital Programming
Derrick Harris   Composer
Arden Altino   Arranger,Producer
Russell Jones   Composer
Erika Rose   Composer
Taneisha Smith   Composer
Acar Keys   Engineer
Chris Wood   Engineer
Ralph Cacciuri   Engineer
Miri Beniri   Arranger,Producer
Kerry Brothers   Composer

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