The Way It Is

June 21, 2005 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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4:01
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3:18
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4:10
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5:27
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3:45
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4:15
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4:16
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3:11
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4:45
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3:51
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3:47
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4:04

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  • Total Length: 48:50
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  • ASIN: B000VZPFN6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,569 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I really liked most of the songs on her album, it was well worth the money.
avanese
Song like I changed my mind, I should have cheated, and love, I thought you had my back are for individuals with relationship problems.
A. Williamson
Keyshia Cole album is by far the best female R&B album to come out this year.
Rodney Gunn

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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By I'm hungry. feed me VINE VOICE on 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 By J. Highsmith on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lena on May 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the few albums that you can listen to all the way through,I give it 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ Kas on April 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard Keyshia Cole was on our local hip-hop station. The song was "Love" and I was totally blown away by this woman's voice. You can hear the depth & emotion--so powerful. I knew the song had been on the charts for awhile, so I downloaded it for a compilation of songs I was going to play in the club where I work as a DJ. I have since listened to samples of the other songs, and I like them all so I bought the album. I don't usually do that any more, I just buy the songs I like, but "(I Just Want It)To Be Over", "I Changed My Mind", "Guess What?", "You've Changed", "Situations"--they are all great songs with meaningful lyrics that ring true. I highly recommend this album to anyone who appreciates a rare talent & great music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mo-Mo on October 27, 2005
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 By Jamaal A. Bivens on 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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