Easily one of the hottest new artists to emerge in 2001, Alicia Keys has wowed critics and fans alike with her debut album, "Songs In A Minor". A well-crafted amalgam of jazz, blues and piano, backed by throaty vocals and driven by mature lyrics, "Songs In A Minor" not only showcases Keys' talent, but holds the promise of much more to come from this talented artist.
One of the album's highlights, "Fallin'", is already shooting up the charts - powered by a melancholy piano melody and raw lyrics, it's one of those tracks that grabs you and doesn't let go. "A Woman's Worth" is another jewel; Key's smoky, classically-trained voice hits just the right notes in this harmonious ode to men, women and their relationships. Other interesting tracks include the funky "Girlfriend", the moving "Troubles", and the playful "Mr. Man".
"Songs In A Minor" is a wonderful introduction to a talented new artist, one who promises to shake up the music scene with her unique talents. I suggest you get yourself a copy now.This article was first published on 24 Dec 2001.