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The Way It Is

Keyshia ColeAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)

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listen  1. (I Just Want It) To Be Over 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Changed My Mind 3:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Love, I Thought You Had My Back 4:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Hugely successful Grammy nominated R&B singer and songwriter KEYSHIA COLE is set to close out 2008 with a bang. Three (3) songs from her second album reached number one (#1) status -- “Let It Go” (w/Missy Elliott and Lil Kim), “I Remember” and “Heaven Sent.” Her reality show “The Way It Is” became the most-watched program in BET’s ... Read more in Amazon's Keyshia Cole Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00096S3PY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Keyshia Cole is the real deal. Like many young people raised in tough neighborhoods, the 21-year-old songstress endured a tumultuous childhood in Oakland, California, and has fought all her life to keep her dream of a music career alive. Now she's realizing that dream on her own terms with her first album for the A&M label, 'The Way It Is'. It's been a long road for Keyshia, but it's her powerful voice, a belllike instrument whose soaring clarity is topped off with a tantalizing touch of soulful grit that's carried her through, not to mention the diminutive singer's personal combination of sugar, spice, sass and sex appeal, along with a solid-steel spine. With production by Kanye West, Krucial Keys, Ron Fair and Chink Santana, Keyshia's dreams have been realized. Universal. 2005.

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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keyshia Cole : A great Singer! June 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Keyshia Cole is a singer that will be around for a long time. When she sings "I just want it to be over", it ain't about her music career. She has a great voice. To me, it is like a blend between Mary J Blige and the late, Great Aaliyah. Whooo, Keyshia can SANG! Kind of like Toni Braxton, a voice like this doesn't come around too often. I can't wait for Keyshia's second album.

TOP Tracks
1. I just Want it to be over
2. Love
3. Guess What
4. I changed my mind
5. Love, I thought you had my back
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A young woman with a voice that matches her looks. August 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was first introduced to Keyshia Cole on a show that BET used to have on their network entitled The Next. The show was 30 minutes long and the program would show videos from artists that were very popular in their region and not mainstream or they would show videos from artists that were new and just getting into the business. I saw a video from Keyshia Cole on The Next entitled "I Changed My Mind". Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was I see we have a 2004 Faith Evans, but Keyshia could actually sing and you could definitely relate to what she was talking about in the song. Kanye West supplied a nice track and I knew that Keyshia had the potential to deliver a nice debut CD. I told my old roomate about how much I liked the song and he downloaded three other songs from Keyshia entitled "We Could Be", "I Should Have Cheated", and "Guess What" featuring Jadakiss. All three of these tracks were tight especially "I Should Have Cheated" which had Keyshia talking about a situation she was in and describing the fact that if she knew that the man that she was dealing with was shady that she should have "payed him back" in the worst way, meaning that she should have cheated on him when she had the chance to. Although, some people don't want to deal with real issues when it comes to male/female relationships, Keyshia does a good job of bringing details to the forefront, whether the situation was factual or not. Months later, I heard another track from Keyshia entitled "I Just Want It To Be Over", which is definitely a banger. Kerry Brothers, Mr. Krucial Keys himself, proves why he and Alicia have been able to churn out those hits all along. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, thank you Ms. Cole :-) October 27, 2005
By Mo-Mo
Format:Audio CD
Last night while I was in a bar watching my beloved White Sox sweep Houston and win the world series:-) A bootlegger came up to me with a list of CD's he was selling. I was curious to hear Keyshia's CD ever since I saw the video for "I Changed My Mind" around this time last year. One of the girls at the bar said the CD was a waste of time. Well, I went ahead and brought it anyway so I could form my own opinion. I am soooooooo glad that I did, I popped the CD in on my drive home. Once I got home I sat in my car in my driveway for an additional 30 minutes listening to this CD. I love this CD so much that on my lunch break today I went and brought a real copy, so I could read the liner notes. That's how you know a CD is really special, when you'd rather have the real copy over the bootleg copy. Keyshia's CD is a throw back to when R&B was original and the artist hooked you with lyrics and production quality. Not just one or the other as so many artist do today. Keyshia's voice and lyrics come from the raw emotion that can only be expressed after living through these situations, which she sings about. My favorite track on this CD is "Love, I thought You Had my Back", which has quickly become my new favorite song. Also, I found the concept "You've Changed" to be very original. "You've Changed" is the female point of view to Jay Z's "Song Cry". Keyshia actually uses the exact same beat and offers her take on why Jigga's song was really crying in the first place. She even manages to keep her lyrical depth on fast tracks such as "Guess What" which at first listen sounds like your average club banger until you listen closely to the lyrics. The lyrics tell the story of a woman that's fed up with a relationship she gave so much to and then got little back in return. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars...Excellent Debut Album... August 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Keyshia Cole released the single "I Changed My Mind" some time ago, and many compared her to other singers at the time. The song got moderate airplay and then I didn't hear anything from her. Her songs were prominently featured throughout the Mo'Nique movie "Hair Show", and that's when I decided I had to pick up the album if it came out. After the success of the single "(I Just Want It) to Be Over", it did, and I am glad that I picked it up.

This album is a near-classic, for it is completely relatable and realistic. You can practically tell each song's subject matter just by the title. She's not singing about watching Nickelodeon and wishing to play in the dirt, nor is she singing about anything overly raunchy. The comparisons to other singers are spot-on, and Keyshia never disappoints with her soulful voice. "I Changed My Mind" was a suitable first single, a song worthy enough to get people talking. The vocals are off the hook, and Kanye West delivers an off-kilter beat that is actually contagious. "Guess What" is reminiscent of Kelis, but Keyshia definitely takes it and makes it her own. On-point lyrics flowing with an on-point beat makes this song enjoyable. "Never" samples the classic Luther Vandross, and even has a lovely cameo from the always-on-point Eve. "You Changed" takes you back to yesteryear but still has enough "newness" to keep you interested.

It's the slower songs that showcases Keyshia's vocals to their fullest extent. She has such a voice that even when she cracks, it still works and shows the emotion obviously put into the songs. Check out single-ready "Love", which is practically self-explanatory. Keyshia nowhere near disappoints at all on this song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 7 days ago by Antoinette Houghton
5.0 out of 5 stars classic material
i love this lp it will never get old to me
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Avis
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This CD!
Ms. Keyshia Cole is up there with great ones and I am so proud of her. Playing her music makes me feel good and she gets to the nitty-gritty of things in her music! Thansk1
Published 1 month ago by Rosetta
5.0 out of 5 stars What you say
This was when Keyshia was raw. She hustled, singing with P. Diddy, Kanye ...just tearing it up. I have two copies of each of her CDs
Published 3 months ago by ethics
5.0 out of 5 stars Keyshia is fabulous
I love everything she has out. You can relate to each song. I would recommend it to everyone I know.
Published 5 months ago by janel holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album!
This album never gets old. I could listen to this every day without getting tired of it. Keyshia Cole's best album by far.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars yup
this cd i had before but all the moving i lost it i think this cd was one of keyshia cole best work
Published 9 months ago by Maranda M. Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars MP3 of her heart and soul
This was my first Keyshia Cole MP3 and I just loved it. The songs are very soulful and relaxing to listen to. She is very talented. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sorbet Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album
I love Key Key! This album is a classic and I'm going to listen to it on my way home after work this evening!
Published 14 months ago by Natasha
5.0 out of 5 stars you know you love it
this album is keyshia's first and it's great. It's filled with songs you didn't know you needed to own. you'll love it, I love it, buy it!
Published 16 months ago by Sonya
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