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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00005LMJU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (649 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. We Need A Resolution (featuring Timbaland)
2. Loose Rap (featuring Static from Playa)
3. Rock The Boat
4. More Than A Woman
5. Never No More
6. I Care 4 U
7. Extra Smooth
8. Read Between The Lines
9. U Got Nerve
10. I Refuse
11. It's Whatever
12. I Can Be
13. Those Were The Days
14. What If

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Seven years after her debut at just 15 years old, Aaliyah assembled a third studio album that was astonishingly mature. Sadly, her death just a little over a month after its release stilled a promising voice in R&B. At 22, when most artists would just be getting started, Aaliyah had already progressed from pop to street to an unconventional retro-modern, risk-taking version of R&B. While lead track "We Need a Resolution" is as mainstream as it gets, there are fewer hits on this album than on previous efforts. Instead, this collection is an extraordinary romantic exposition of passion and pain. While Missy Elliott is cranking out jams for all her "club freaks," Aaliyah is like a modern-day (if less vocally gifted) Minnie Riperton, exploring the pains of moving from child star to adult sex symbol. Tracks such as "Never No More" and "I Care 4 U" (featuring Missy) are slinky, twisted ballads imbued with film-noir sultriness, as diva Aaliyah steps catlike away from the bubblegum R&B of her contemporaries. There's also the obligatory rock track tacked on near the end ("I Can Be"), but even this excels above the standard hip-hop/rock/R&B crossover fare with its Prince-like influences coupled with Aaliyah's own instinct for seduction. Aaliyah also signaled a move away from her long-standing musical relationship with producer Timbaland, who contributes just three cuts. Having started out heavily supported by R. Kelly, it appeared that Aaliyah was more than able to go it alone. --Jake Barnes

Customer Reviews

Its probrably worth buying the album just for this song.
Liolania
All I can say is that her music has and always will express the beauty in her and the beauty she saw in us.
matthew putman
The song has a smooth exotic beat, and Aaliyah's smooth vocals over the beat sounds great.
Lou

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Donovan Juan on March 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Aaliyah's third and sadly last album is one that took me by surprise. I had come to expect the standard pop charts-friendly songs that had brought her to a place of fame. Although uptempo tracks are not my favourites, her songs had proven to be very good. I an act of memorial, I purchased the album.
I discovered an album that was very different from what I expected. As well as several amazingly listenable uptempo tracks, their were some really lovely ballads. The track "It's Whatever" almost makes me cry everytime I hear it. The song sounds so sad, and her voice is so beautiful and fits perfectly.
Many of my friends and my cousin think this album is not that good, but I think they missed the point of this album. Well done Aaliyah, may you rest in peace.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A.H. on July 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's simply great. Far from the conventional and hyper-commercial albums that have invaded the music industry those days, Aaliyah is undoubtedly one of the best r'n'b album of the year, where Aaliyah's pure voice is underlined by a smooth, effective production signed by Timbaland (on 3 tracks, the irresistibly arabic "We need a resolution", the future hit "More than a woman" and the emotional retro-modern "I care 4 U") and Rapture/Eric Seats (on most of the titles).
Highlights include, not to mention the Timbaland-produced cuts, "Extra Smooth" (my personal favorite) that mixes RnB rhythms with a brilliant jazzy/hip hop atmosphere, "I Refuse" where the powerful lyrics meet orchestral arrangements, the jazzy-inspired "Read between the lines" and the heady "Loose Rap", but each track has its own vibe, its own personality, its own flavor.
At the junction of many different musical genres (R'n'B, hip hop, jazz, ska,...), Aaliyah combines catchy chorus and credible lyrics with a personal and eclectic touch. All in all, this new attempt, her best yet (so much better than the monotonous One In A Million) is a REAL MUST HAVE, that takes ( at last!) contemporary R'n'B to another level.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Haygn on July 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It has now been five years since Aaliyah's last studio album "One in a Million", and I can see that the time off was well spent. The singer did not rush back into the studio trying to catch lightning in a bottle and call it an album, but crafted what is sure to be a top 10 release. On "Aaliyah" the singer explores a range of different musical styles. Though radio didn't fall in love with the first single, "We Need a Resolution," the cut does manage to establish its groove. Even better is the erotic "Rock the Boat" in which the singer challenges her love interest to "work the middle" and "change positions". Another standout track from the album is the smooth "It's Whatever" which seems perfectly in line with Aaliyah's soft, breathy vocal. Also impressive is the socially conscious "Never No More" on which Aaliyah recounts the history of an abusive relationship. In all, Aaliyah labored an brought for a respectable album. Though Alicia Keys she is not, Aaliyah breathes life into this album as only she could. I just hope that I won't have to wait until 2006 for the next.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dorrie Wheeler on October 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First of all, let me be clear. This was not Aaliyah's debut CD (her first CD was titled "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number", this is a reissue of her third CD AAliyah and this is an import. This CD is an awesome purchase because not only do you get all of the songs from her third CD, you get the bonus/new tracks which were featured on the 2002 release "I Care 4 U." Yes, you get the songs, "Erica Kane," "I Don't Know What To Tell You," "Miss You," and you even get "Try Again," which is from the "Romeo Must Die," sound track. You don't get the song, "Come Over" because that is included on the "One In A Million" import release but this is a worthy purchase.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By like_hi on July 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
finally a new aaliyah disc. back after a 5 year break (with a few soundtracks in between) aaliyah shows that she's still got it. she's grown a lot vocally and it shows a lot on this album. this time around timbaland (one of the best producers) only did 3 out of the 14 tracks. "aaliyah" starts off with the hot first single "we need a resolution" with sets the tone for the rest of the album. the beats on "aaliyah" are awesome... moving into new territory but still rooted with her signature sound. there's even some industial rock flavor with tracks like "i can be" and "what if". that being said, "aaliyah" show growth in the r&b field. faves are: "we need a resolution", "rock the boat" (where she really shows how much of a woman she's become), "more than a woman", "extra smooth", "read between the lines", "it's whatever", "i can be", and "what if".
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Enlightened on July 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Well with Aaliyah growin up into a Woman at least she hasnt lost her style. This lp sounds more mature than the other two and it should. Gone are the little girlie topics like Are you That Somebody, 4 page Letter, Street Thing, Im So Into You. Instead now she wants you to Rock Her Boat. She tackles more Adult subjects like abuse on Never No More. Gone is Timbalands genius production( not completely...contributing three songs). But Rapture, E Seats, J. Dub and Budda do an excellent job regardless. Her voice has gotten much stronger. This Album sonically and musically is more of a lean towards the first one Age Aint Nothin But A number.
Songs like Rock the Boat, More Than A Woman, and I care For U display this type and are some of the best songs. Also Loose Rap with its superior chorus. Extra Smooth and It's Whatever are also tight. Those were the Days has some rock influences as does What If.
The song We Need A Resolution, you can chalk that in with her other classic songs such as Try Again and One In A Million. It is the obvious gem but suprisingly not the best song. As a matter of fact I cant even pick a best song with so many great songs like I Refuse, U Got Nerve and Messed up as well as the aforementioned ones.
Without Timbaland production this isnt a bang in the car album. and with so many slow jams it is doubtful you would play this anywhere near ya boys. It doesnt have the type of appeal that One In A Million had. But it is PERFECT when ya with ya girl. As Much as I love One In A Million( always be my FAVORITE), This is the BETTER album and her BEST one make no mistake about it. A must have.
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