CD As I Am [Alicia Keys] [CD] [1 disc] [886971151329] (CD 1160417),
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As I Am [Alicia Keys] [CD] [1 disc] [886971151329]

  • 1. As I Am [Intro]
    2. Go Ahead
    3. Superwoman
    4. No One
    5. Like You'll Never See Me Again
    6. Lesson Learned
    7. Wreckless Love
    8. Thing About Love, The
    9. Teenage Love Affair
    10. I Need You
    11. Where Do We Go from Here
    12. Prelude to a Kiss
    13. Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise) - (Reprise)
    14. Sure Looks Good to Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 711513

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Mayer; Dirty Harry; Alicia Keys; Jack Splash; Linda Perry; Kerry Brothers; Mark Batson; Jack Splash; Kerry Brothers; Dirty Harry; Alicia Keys; Mark Batson
    EngineerLinda Perry; Chad Franscoviak; Manny Marroquin; Ann Mincieli; Andrew Chavez; Stuart White; Vincent Creusot; Keith Gretlein; Kristofer Kaufman; Seamus Tyson; Brendan Dekora; Linda Perry; Seth Waldmann; Chad Franscoviak; Manny Marroquin; Ann Mincieli; Glenn Pittman; Zach Hancock

    Personnel: Alicia Keys (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harpsichord, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, bass synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, vocoder, background vocals); Alicia Keys (synthesizer, string synthesizer, programming); Jack Splash (various instruments, programming); John Salvatore Scaglione (guitar, guitars); John Mayer (guitar, background vocals); Ron Haney, Peter Thorn, Rony Henry, John Jubu Smith (guitar); Everette K. Harp (saxophone); Darryl Dixon , Darryl Dixon (alto saxophone); David Stout (trumpet); Mark Batson (piano, Clavinet, Hammond b-3 organ, Moog synthesizer, programming, drum programming); Damon Fox (Hammond b-3 organ, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer); Mark Robohm, Mark Robham (drums); L.C. Green, L. Green (background vocals); David Ryan Harris (guitar); Steve Mostyn (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); David Watson (tenor saxophone); Carl Maraghi (baritone saxophone); Duane Eubanks, Jumaane Smith (trumpet); Jason Sugata (French horn); Harry Kim (trombone); Michael Dease (tenor trombone, bass trombone); Ryan Keberle (tenor trombone); Linda Perry (piano, background vocals); Paul Ill, Sean Hurley (bass guitar); Trevor Lawrence (drums, percussion); Steve Jordan (drums); Kerry Brothers (drum programming); Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson, Harold Lilly (background vocals); Ann Mincieli.
    Additional personnel: John Mayer .
    Audio Mixer: Manny Marroquin.
    Recording information: Glenwood Studios, LA; Oven Studios, NY.
    Photographer: Thierry Le Goues.
    Arrangers: Alicia Keys; Jack Splash.
    The third full-length from contemporary R&B diva Alicia Keys is called AS I AM, a title that adequately reflects the album's straightforward, confessional soul-pop. Keys built her popularity making stylish, reflective, voice-and-piano music; AS I AM continues that trend, albeit in a poppier vein that balances neatly between neo-soul and adult contemporary. This is reflected in the midtempo grooves, songs of empowerment ("Superwoman"), and stirring ballads ("The Thing About Love"). Keys' collaborators on the album include songwriter Linda Perry, who co-wrote three of the album's tracks, and John Mayer, who twines voices with Keys on the sensual "Lesson Learned." Top-notch arrangements, which include gorgeous, retro-tinged flourishes via strings and horns, make the set shimmer, but it's the strength of the hook-heavy tunes and Keys' moving performances that make AS I AM stick. It's not the five-star album she's capable of, but it leaves little doubt that Keys is moving steadily in that direction.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.192) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he prevailing mood is reflectively soulful and the prevailing tempo mid."
    Rolling Stone (p.114) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "Keys' ever-deepening vocal power is the first thing you notice on AS I AM."
    Spin (p.120) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[O]n her melodically powerful third studio album, she matures into the matriarch of her genre."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.75) - "'The Thing About Love' begins as a melancholy R&B lament and rolls into pure pop-rock uplift..." -- Grade: B
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - "She certainly has vocal dexterity and prodigious keyboard skills....Tracks like No One and Thing About Love become exercises in power soul..."
    Blender (Magazine) (p.146) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "AS I AM advances by showing an experimental side....The music is dizzying, even mesmerizing."
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