On Disc: Alicia Keys

Album: As I Am

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

As I Am by Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys
As I Am
Sony

4 stars

Alicia Keys returns to the music scene with her latest album, As I Am.

Keys continues her lyrical style with songs that reflect on life and offer unexpected musical turns, creating an edgier sound.

The intro, “As I Am,” is a purely musical introduction that states perfectly what the album is about: she’s still piano-goddess Keys, but with a hip-hop edge.

Collaborations with John Mayer and Linda Perry enhance Keys’ typical flowing style, while Jack Splash contributes heavily to one of the best tracks on the album, “Wreckless Love,” capturing the desire to rekindle the passion of romance with a jazz/soul overtone.

“Prelude To A Kiss,” the most poignant song on the album, reflects the uncertainty everyone feels sometimes, and it packs a powerful punch; the song shouts that she feels lost at times, but never for long.

“No One,” the debut single from the album, as well as “Go Ahead” feature impressive keyboard hooks and upbeat tempos that capture the full range of her abilities without overpowering the listener.

As I Am captures Keys’ growing experience and confidence in herself. Music fans will fall in love with it.

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