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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B000000518
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I would give anything for r'n'b music to sound like this right now!
Lucy
The first albums are the best because the artist is tinkering and Age Ain't nothing but a number is just that from Aaliyah.
charles
I will always remember you and I'll always be a big fan of your music FOREVER no matter what!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Westley VINE VOICE on April 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Aaliyah's debut CD yielded two Top 10 singles - "Back and Forth" and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" (the later or which was written and originally recorded by the Isley Brothers). However, the CD is filled with great songs, including a great balance of hip-hip songs (Throw Your Hands Up, Down with the Clique) and ballads (Age Ain't Nothing But a Number). Almost any of the songs on the CD could have been a hit single. That said, Aaliyah's voice was not as mature as it would be later, and some of the lyrics are a bit juvenile (if you're not down with my clique/ then you're poop on a stick).
The entire CD was produced by R. Kelly (he appears in the shadows on the CD back cover and is name-checked in several songs). With one producer, the CD sounds very cohesive, but it also is not as varied as her later CDs. It was rumored that she and R. Kelly were married at the time, even though she was only 15 years old. Her marriage seems to be addressed in the song, "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number," which argues that she is wiser than her years would seem.
At times, the album sounds a bit dated (the CD "One In a Million" is much better). One of the lyrics states, "Aalyiah's got a 90's swing," which is pretty accurate - the CD sounds very much like an early 90's hip-hp CD. Despite this complaint, I still greatly enjoy this CD. It sounds great and is a lasting tribute to Aaliyah's talent. We will miss out on hearing future recordings from this superstar, but will continue to enjoy the music she left behind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pauline on August 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I took out her 2 cds, that I own, when I heard of her passing. So young. And due to the 2 cds that I have, along with her other non album singles, she was definitely going somewhere and had wonderful talent ahead to show. I think you'll definitely have to like R&B/very soft Hip Hop in order to appreciate the album. Also, keep in mind that she was 15 when she did this album. Some of the 'young me' favorites on the cd are (quite a few off the album); "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number",
"Down with the Clique" (fun beat & rhythm), "At Your Best (You Are Love)" (R&B love song, pleasant), "No One Knows How To Love Me Quite Like You Do" (more of a hip hop love song...unique), "Young Nation", and I like the R. Kelly remix of "Back & Forth" (party song). All in all a pleasant album. And I would rate this a 4 even before her death. Wonderful debut album from a 15 year old, and the songs are what a 15 year old would sing and create (along with her co-creators).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E.J. Rupert on February 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
On Aaliyah's debut, it ain't hard to tell that R. Kelly found her. Most of the songs sound like Aaliyah is featured on them instead of them being her own songs like "Back and Forth" and "Old School" (R. Kelly's name is even being mentioned in the latter's chorus). One of the only moments that you can feel Aaliyah's ability is on the remake of The Isley Brothers' "At Your Best". This album is still good to play in your stereo, but if you want a really good Aaliyah album, check out One in a Million (yeah, I know she has another album after that; I meant what I said).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rmcrae on April 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Long before Britney Spears asked to be hit one more time, Christina Aguilera was a genie trapped in a bottle, and Rihanna offered her umbrella (ella, ella), there was Brandy, Monica, and Aaliyah. Brandy was the cute girl with braids begging to be dubbed "down" by a crush and Monica was the "too big for her britches" Miss Thang apologizing to her man for trippin' cuz "it's just one of dem days!" Aaliyah was cool and mysterious with dark shades and baggy clothes. The Detroit native was discovered by Mr. Bump'N'Grind himself, R. Kelly. The results are pretty good to meh and a bit creepy, but it was only the beginning.

Back and Forth was the song that put Aaliyah on the map with it's summery vibe that made you wanna "throw your hands in the air and wave 'em round like ya just don't care". The sloppy remix tacked at the end is pointless. The title track is one of the best slow jams out there, but it's creepy when you take a look at the lyrics. "Age ain't nothing but a number/Throwin' down ain't nothing but a thing/This lovin' I have for you/It'll never change". Anybody remember when Aaliyah and R. Kelly got married when she was 15 and he was 27? Yeah. The short intro of her writing in her diary doesn't help either.

Aaliyah's cover of At Your Best (You Are Love) is the softest song on the set and showcases the ethereal beauty of her voice. She didn't have the widest range, but the angelic pureness of her vocals were her strength. The Gangsta Child remix would've been a better choice for the last track over the Back and Forth mix. Other highlights are the ballad Street Thing, I'm So Into You, No One Knows How To Love Me Quite Like You Do (although R. Kelly's "Liyah, you're the only one for me!" is all kinds of wrong), I'm Down, and the jazzy cool Young Nation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2003
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Aaliyah was one of the most unique R&B artist of the 90's. Aaliyah had a sound that wasnt heard often. Her sweet, soft, soothing, and yet sexy vocal's over hard hip hop beats, wasnt something that would be heard a lot.
In 1994 Aaliyah at just 15 arrived on the music scene with her single "Back and Forth" produced by R kelly. The song was an instant smash reaching the top 10 of billboards hot 100 and topping Billboards R&B chart, the single was also certified Gold for sales of over 500,000 copie's.
In May of that year Aaliyah released her debut album "Age aint nothing but a number" under Jive/Blackground records. The album was a huge success. Peaked in the top 20, and is certified double platinum in the US, and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The album was very impressive for someone so young, Aaliyah recorded most of the tracks at the young age of just 14. Aaliyah was so mature for her age, and she wouldn't disclose her age at this time so people wouldnt think "Shes just a teen girl trying to sing" she wanted people to see her true talent.
The second single from the album was the sultry remake of an Isley Brothers classic "At your Best" the song again was an instant smash, again made the top 10 and was certified gold. The album version is similar to the Isley Brothers, a beautiful ballad, which really showcased Aaliyahs vocal ability, but the single version was a upbeat remix not available on the album.
The third single was the title track "Age aint nothing but a number" which was again another sultry ballad. The song was not as big as the first 2 singles, but gained some success.
Those were the only singles from the album in the US, but in Europe they recieved "Down with the Clique" as a single.
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