by Alicia KeysAlicia Keys

CD(Dutch Import)

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Succeeding where the reclusive Lauryn Hill failed in a 2002 effort, Grammy winner Alicia Keys is the perfect performer to relaunch MTV's vaunted Unplugged series. She's a musician with impressive singing and compositional gifts that are even better appreciated in a live setting --particularly one as intimate as the vibe found here. Backed by a full band complete with horn and string sections and soulful background singers, Keys shines with a stage presence that's alternately warm and coy; think Aretha Franklin circa 1972. The New York native imbues whatever she touches with heartfelt vulnerability, be it a nod to Gladys Knight on a subtle, saxophone-accompanied version of "If I Was Your Woman," or her spirited, Stevie Wonder–reminiscent piano playing on the hit "If I Ain't Got You." Fans will be pleased that Keys reaches back to her breakthrough debut, Songs in A Minor, and delivers a lush reading of "Fallin' " caressed by restrained orchestration, plus a reworked, gospel-kissed Prince nugget rechristened "How Come You Don't Call Me." Keys's range is impressive, and while her duet with Maroon 5's Adam Levine on the Rolling Stones classic "Wild Horses" is fairly boilerplate, her collaborations with Mos Def, Common, and others on the curtain-closing jam, "Love It or Leave It Alone," show why Alicia Keys is the new queen of hip-hop soul. Sorry, Mary J.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 0828767180823
catalogNumber: 914009
Rank: 7819

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alicia Keys   Primary Artist
Pablo Batista   Percussion
Eileen Folson   Cello
Joe Romano   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Arthur White   Guitar
Onree Gill   Keyboards,Musical Direction
Gwen Laster   Violin
David Watson   Flute,Saxophone
Steve Mostyn   Bass
Paul Alexandre John   Drums
Anaysha Figueroa   Background Vocals
Jerimiah "Jermaine" Paul   Background Vocals
Sarah Devine   Background Vocals
Jeff Dieterie   Trombone
Mariana Green Hill   Violin
Denise Stoudmire   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
Prince   Composer
J.R. Bailey   Composer
Ray Chew   String Arrangements
Ed Cobb   Composer
Alex Coletti   Director,Producer
Garry Glenn   Composer
Ini Kamoze   Composer
Melvin Kent   Composer
Stephen Marley   Composer
Derek Murphy   Composer
Melvin Ragin   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Chris Martin   Composer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Composer
Kim Biggs   Art Direction
William Griffin   Composer
Alli Biggs   Art Direction
Onree Gill   Arranger
Eric B.   Composer
Lorenzo Dechalus   Composer
Kanye West   Composer
Peter Edge   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Alicia Keys   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
L.C. Green   Composer
Harold Lilly   Composer
John Mark Harris   Engineer
Candice Nelson   Composer
Erika Rose   Composer
Taneisha Smith   Composer
Jeff Robinson   Executive Producer
Nasir Jones   Composer
Walter W. Millsap   Composer

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