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Unplugged [Vinyl]

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TracklistA1 Intro Alicia's Prayer (Acappella) 1:11 A2 Karma 2:10 A3 Heartburn 3:03 A4 A Woman's Worth (Live) 3:30 A5 Unbreakable 4:34 B1 If I Was Your Woman 4:04 B2 If I Ain't Got You 4:06 B3 Every Little Bit Hurts 4:01 B4 Streets Of New York (City Life) 7:35 C1 Wild Horses 6:04 Vocals [Featuring] - Adam Levine C2 Diary 5:53 C3 You Don't Know My Name 3:35 D1 Stolen Moments 5:14 D2 Fallin' 5:10 D3 Love It Or Leave It Alone / Welcome To Jamrock 6:46 Rap [Featuring] - Common , Mos Def Vocals [Featuring] - Damian Marley
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (September 27, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B000B8IAFI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Alicia's album is a fine gem, here the slightly scaled back sound allows her vocals to shine. She occasionally goes from the Piano to Organ with equal dexterity. "Fallin," gets a semi-operatic treatment here. Her voice sounds more balanced than on her first album.

She gives a more seductive tone to "Diary & If I Ain't Got You." The former is one of my all time favorites. In "Streets Of New York," the first part with her recitation is ok, but the second part with it's jazzy tones blend well with her more controlled voice. "Stolen Moments," could have been a bit better since it was co-written by the king of R&B, Al Green. She belts out Prince's "How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore" with a near furious vocal. Some will not like her version of Gladys Knight's "If I Was Your Woman?" But, for me it was almost equal to the original. Then again, Alicia could sing the names in the phonebook & I would applaud. I feel she truly shined with Brenda Holloway's "Every Little bit Hurts." She seemed very in tune with the feel of this song as the emotion came through.

Her duet with Adam Levine doing the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" was ok. His nasal tone did not blend that well with Alicia's voice. When she sings "You Don't Know My Name," it is juiced up a bit with the organ. This may be my all time favorite of her songs? When I minus the Hip Hop tunes which just don't appeal much to me, "Unplugged" ends up being very good. Her vocals are more mature & the reduced arrangements play to the bands talents. A solid 4.5.
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The music is great. The copy protection is not. J-Records is a subsidiary of Sony BMG. If you trust that the copy protection program on this CD is safe, then by all means buy the CD. You might want to do a web search for "Sony BMG rootkit" first though.
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I'm pissed off that I got this CD and can't load it to my iPod!!! The CD won't even play on RealPlayer, Windows Media Player or anything else, except the software that the CD has on it that you must install onto your computer. You can only play this CD with the CD's software!!! BAD! I paid for it, I want to do what I want with it!
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Alicia Keys has revived the MTV Unplugged franchise with her show and this album. Ms. Keys doesn't go the traditional unplugged route of stripping the songs down to their acoustic base, but she gives a stellar performance. She doesn't alter the grooves from the studio versions, but she lets the songs breath and flexes her voice muscles without going over the top. "Karma" and "Heartburn" perfectly segue together in a funky mix. "Fallin'" has a haunting violin and the combination of Gladys Knight & The Pips' "If I Were Your Woman" and "If I Ain't Got You" is the best moment on the album. There are several other covers on the album and they are hit and miss. The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" is a duet with Maroon 5's Adam Levine that never gels while her take on Brenda Holloway's "Every Little Bit Hurts" is a high note. Ms. Keys burst on the scene in 2001 with much fanfare and she has more than lived up to the hype.
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Here is another CD spoiled by copy protection that will play unknown havoc with your computer if you dare to insert it in a CD drive. Avoid until it gets rereleased as a real CD. I used to be a Keys fan but I'm having second thoughts.
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What a pain! I tried to put all the tracks in itunes and the first 7 tracks were fine but then the rest playback horribly. I had no idea that the copy protection would do this to a cd I BOUGHT. Now my only choice is to download this in a non-legal way. On a side note Alicia did a great job on the music. :)
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I never buy copy protected CDs because the tecnhiques that the record labels use to implement the copy protection breaks my computer.
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I have her first 2 CDs. This one has been in my shopping carts for weeks now. I kept putting off my purchase because of the [copy-protected] heading. However, I thought it would be like previous CDs where certain tracks hissed when copied. That would be inconvenient because I couldn't have a copy in my car, but it wouldn't be the huge deal it's turned out to be. The copy protection is actually a hidden program that's installed on your PC whether you accept or reject the license agreement (EULA). This is bad because 1) it's done w/out your permission and 2) creates an exposure that hackers have already exploited. [...] contains details and steps to manually remove the software.

I understand the need to protect your investment, but this is not the right way to do it. I think I'm done purchasing CDs anyway. It doesn't appear they try to have a great CD. They go with 4-5 good songs (if you're lucky) and the rest are just filler. From now on, I'll download the tracks I like and make my own CDs.

As for her voice, she sounded great on Good Morning America. She might have been hoarse when she did Unplugged. Record companies, managers, etc. say 'the show must go on' but I'd prefer they reschedule instead of sounding like crap. I haven't heard this CD in it's entirety, so can't comment on her vocals. The "1" is for the copy protection crap.
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