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The Diary of Alicia Keys [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
Genres: Pop, R&B
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... more »
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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Reviewed on 9/15/2006...
Includes the bonus dvd. Wonderful Music.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
nickd | ct | 05/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am really shocked to see the negative reviews.. Im not gonna call ya'll "haters" as was predicted in your reviews, but how can u deny the greatness of this album???
Firstoff, someone said that "Dragon days" is filler, and i just gotta say NO - that is a great song!! I can't comprehend how someone could just throw that song out and classify it as bad, thats jus ridiculous... and her remake of "if i were your woman" was, i think, a great idea. Obviously there is no way to match the greatness of the original so why not put a good beat to it and make it hip-hop??? i loved it...
then there's those sayin that "when you really love someone" is the same as "fallin" but that is Also inaccurate. What they do have in common is that piano lick in it, but if you go back in history to all the songs of the past, you will find that in COUNTLESS songs!!! The two songs are entirely different if you take the time to listen...
In any case, i find it hard to see how anyone could bash this album, but thats just my opinion..."
L. Irv Cousin | Mather CA | 05/05/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The version thatI have seems to be different than the other reviewers, I have one that has the subtitle of "A Documentary Film" with this diffences noted, I found this to be one of the worse DVD's I have ever purchased!
This product might have been great for the under 30 group but for this older viewer it was a complete let down. I was expecting to hear music and to see her perform. I was not interest in her stay in an expensive middle eastern hotel, and junkets through the street of this city.
I wanted to watch her sing, even with her excellent talent she is still to young to have such a product released purporting to be her life! I would have rated this zero stars if this had been a choice. This DVD should have been like the CD and I would have been a much happier follower of her music
I have just purchased her most recent DVD. I can only hope that this one is only music and performance, instead of talking and walking around a location?"