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The Diary of Alicia Keys

Alicia KeysAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (660 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Harlem's NocturneAlicia Keys 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. KarmaAlicia Keys 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. HeartburnAlicia Keys 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. If I Was Your Woman / Walk On ByAlicia Keys 3:06Album Only
listen  5. You Don't Know My Name (Album Version)Alicia Keys 6:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. If I Ain't Got YouAlicia Keys 3:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. DiaryAlicia Keys feat. Tony! Toni! Toné! and Jermaine Paul 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dragon DaysAlicia Keys 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wake UpAlicia Keys 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. So SimpleAlicia Keys feat. Lellow 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. When You Really Love SomeoneAlicia Keys 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude)Alicia Keys 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Slow DownAlicia Keys 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Samsonite ManAlicia Keys 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Nobody Not Really (Interlude)Alicia Keys 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Alicia Keys is a 14-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of philanthropy and in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

Keys is set to release her highly anticipated fifth studio album, Girl on Fire (November 27th), which features powerful anthems and ... Read more in Amazon's Alicia Keys Store

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  • Audio CD (December 2, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B0000DD7LC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (660 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Alicia Keys has more than lived up to the promise of her formidable debut Songs in A Minor, pushing beyond her flirtation with old-school soul and venturing into the modern world, even hiring Timbaland to guide her through the shoals of anthemic hip-hop on the breathless and funkified "Heartburn." Sounding like a hyperthyroid cheerleader, Keys unleashes a quirky sense of humor that no one even suspected she possessed. Her effortless singing on the beat-driven "Karma" is a wonder of sonics on this uplifting piece of pop philosophy, giving countless anxious woman hope that everything will work out as it's meant to, or on "Samsonite Man," where it won't. But despite her edgy styling and jazzy vocal posturing, Keys hasn't abandoned her love for old R&B and travels back in time, giving Gladys Knight's "If I Was Your Woman" a face lift it may not have needed, then turns around and recasts the song as the winsome and dramatic "You Don't Know My Name." But at its heart, The Diary of Alicia Keys is a gross misnomer. After listening to the disc, fans will know little more about the elusive diva than they did before, her lyrical style consistently more narrative than confessional. In fact, the title track doesn't delve into the singer's inner life, but instead is about a long-distance love affair, with Keys promising the object of her affection that: "I won't tell your secrets/Your secrets are safe with me/I will keep your secrets/Just think of me as the pages in your diary."--Jaan Uhelszki

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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable And Undeniable Talent March 5, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Alicia Keys arrived on the scene back in 2001 with her No.1, multi-platinum debut album "Songs In A Minor." The Grammy award winning album made Alicia a worldwide superstar and a true force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Her debut album was ever so slightly overhyped which then made the follow-up, "The Diary Of Alicia Keys," ever so slightly over-anticipated upon its fall 2003 release. The album went straight to No.1 in its week of release shifting some 610,000 copies. Alicia has staying power, and this proved it.
Since that infamous debut album, Alicia Keys has brought in a unique and shockingly mature dose of talent to the music industry. Amongst her entrance was the arrival of Nelly Furtado and Norah Jones, two equally talented super powers who enjoyed record sales beyond their wildest dreams and a following like no other. Such success, however, can cloud the illusions of those experiencing it, no matter how deserved it is. Alicia Keys could have easily fallen into the trap of an artist who took herself too seriously (the dramatic title of the album suggests this) but, thankfully, there is no need to worry; The Diary Of Alicia Keys is another masterpiece...
On this sophomore effort, Alicia has avoided the frequent trap of crumbling under pressure on how to follow up a stunning debut. She has matured her style slightly with a superb collection of lush and dreamy soul-tinged, R'n'B influenced tracks that highlight and complement her remarkable vocals. Everything about the album is incredibly mature and real. Even the song titles are beautiful, staring off with the intro "Harlem's Nocturne." This piano opening soon breaks out with a soulful beat in a similar vein to the intro on the album's predecessor.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Diary = A Fine Chameleon. January 13, 2008
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"The Diary Of Alicia Keys'" puts Beyonce, Shakira, Underwood, & all of todays female artists from every genre of music in the bargain bin. The album starts with the classical song "Harlem's Nocturne." Her Piano playing is superb, then a choir joins in aided by a fine beat. "Karma," is adriven song that uses Alicia's vocals at their best. "Heartburn," has a good drum beat as her raw vocals compare her lust for a man with the title. "If I Was your Woman/Walk On," is a jazzy version of Isaac Hayes-"Walk On by."

"You Don't Know My Name," is a 1970's finesse ballad. It is a refreshing female version of male angst, the spoken interlude in the middle fits perfectly. "If I Ain't Got You," sounds like a mix of gospel & Aretha Franklin. This may have Alicia's best vocals on this album? The brass behind Alicia's Piano added elegance. "Diary," is a fine gentle song. It sounds like it came off of her debut album. This one was my favorite of her Sophmore album.

"When You Really Love Someone," seems like a cross between "A Woman's Worth & Fallin?" I would call it the former part two. "Wake Up & So Simple" are too familiar & the latter has some annoying sounds. "Slow Down," is reminiscent of Janet Jackson's "Lets Wait Awhile." "Nobody Not Really," is lighter & has a less cloudy or dark feel as if the day was just starting. She wonders who will be interested in this her diary? Obviously, several million to date & with good reason. This is a fine album.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good snapshot of today's R&B July 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I like Alicia Keys' music. Some feel that she is overrated. I personally think it may be too early in her career to comment specifically on that, but I do feel that she hasn't fully reached the apex of her creativity. Alicia has more talent and spirit than some of her diva counterparts. We've seen it time and again, but I think there will be much more in the future.

Having said that, this set will do as good exposure to Alicia's talent. "You Don't Know My Name" has to be the most perfect usage of sampling yet for 2004, and is alone worth the price of the CD. The vibe and atmosphere match the lyrics to a tee, and I disagree that the spoken interlude is either corny or too long. This one is a modern day masterpiece...well done, Alicia!

There are other flashes of brilliance throughout the album that let you know that Alicia is a force to be reckoned with. But you always get the feeling that there is too much left in reserve. You always wanna leave your fans wanting more, but maybe not quite this much.

An example of what I'm talking about is the album's closer, "Nobody Not Really." This is the kind of off-the-beaten-path material that I know Alicia is capable of, and so much more...and it so GOOD. But this is one brilliant song compared to what is mostly average R&B material.

I realize that Ms. Keys is more of a mainstream artist on a mainstream label, so she can't get too far out there. But perhaps next time around we can get a better balanced mix of the predictable stuff and the songs that express her own vision. What she sees is beautiful and I'd like to experience more of it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Simple"... but it works (3.5 Stars) February 28, 2004
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When Alicia Keys first came out, certain people were quick to call her "the best" while others felt she was a tad "overhyped." I for one agree with both sides; I do agree that she has some talent but to dub her "the best" would be a complete overstatement of exaggeration. But after 10 Million records sold, successful national concerts, and Grammy fame, someone is bound to change. Evidently, this time around Alicia Keys changes her style music-wise, and comes back with her sophomore effort, "The Diary of Alicia Keys." Out are the made-for-the-r&b/pop radio songs that made her famous on her debut, "Song in A Minor". In are old school r&b/soul that ranges from slow ballads to faster, upbeat funk.
"Diary", a nice mid-tempo track featuring Tony Toni Toné is smooth like velvet and flows like water, benefiting from the hauntingly beautiful piano. The piano in "If I Was Your Woman/Walk On By" works very nicely with the hook. The Timbaland produced, `James Brown'-esque "Heartburn" recalls a reminiscent funk (you can almost picture Pam Grier dropkicking somebody's ass with this song playing in the background). "Dragon Days" has an addictive rhythm to it while "You Don't Know My Name" has a guilty-pleasure old-school vibe to it. "Samsonite Man" & "Karma" also have appealing beats.
Although the production on the album is good, where the album mainly falters is the lyrics: whether the whole song or a few lines, they're relatively simplistic. Another major thing that affects the album's quality is when she finds the need to recycle her old ideas attempting to make them new, showing a sense of laziness. "Wake Up" has the same "ah ooh" vocals in the background as "Loving' You" (a bonus track on her first album).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this CD ...Glad I was able to get it through Amazon
Published 5 days ago by Renee DeVine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 days ago by Stephanie Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great ablum.
She can switch her style up and it still works. I love any and everything she does. Whether it's sexy and cool, or grown and sexy young. keep up the good work.
Published 6 months ago by Marie Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon delivered a great product in great shape for a good price very...
This was gift for my sister she got it and she loved when she is happy I'm happy thank you.
Published 7 months ago by Kirk l Broadway
5.0 out of 5 stars always love alicia
Even though these songs have been around for years you can still turn up the stereo and feel them all. Alicia is timeless. No one does it like her.
Published 8 months ago by ROBIN SIMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars This is another exceptional CD by Alicia Keys!
If you are an Alicia Keys fan you will not want to miss this excellent CD. Her music is timeless and appealing. She mixes a little bit of classical with soul. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CD music collector
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Feeling U Alicia
I have all her albums{I'm not loving the first one},and this one is one of the best from the early 2000's.There's great songs on here like Heartburn,You Don't Know My Name!!! Read more
Published 11 months ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' that Karma
I had been wanting to get this cd for a long time. For years I borrowed someone elses. Now I have my own copy. The price was oh so perfect.
Published 12 months ago by Paula C Washington
4.0 out of 5 stars great music
I love the songs on this Cd they are songs you can listen to and get into and not get tired of.its a great workout Cd for me and makes me feel energetic. Read more
Published 12 months ago by perdykool
5.0 out of 5 stars what's there not to love
my daughter had this C.D. and misplaced it so she was very happy to get it for Xmas. she loves Alecia Keys and went to see her in concert 3 x in a row and brought someone... Read more
Published 12 months ago by mae
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