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Format: CD
Sku: 60620306
UPC: 828765571227
UPC 14: 00828765571227
Release Date: 12/2/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Harlem's Nocturne ~ Alicia Keys
2. Karma ~ Alicia Keys
3. Heartburn ~ Alicia Keys
4. If I Was Your Woman / Walk On By ~ Alicia Keys
5. You Don't Know My Name ~ Alicia Keys
6. If I Ain't Got You ~ Alicia Keys
7. Diary - (featuring Tony! Toni! Ton?!) ~ Alicia Keys
8. Dragon Days ~ Alicia Keys
9. Wake Up ~ Alicia Keys
10. So Simple ~ Alicia Keys
11. When You Really Love Someone ~ Alicia Keys
12. Feeling U, Feeling Me - (interlude) ~ Alicia Keys
13. Slow Down ~ Alicia Keys
14. Samsonite Man ~ Alicia Keys
15. Nobody Not Really - (interlude) ~ Alicia Keys
The artistic light of Alicia Keys is so bright it could illuminate a pitch-black room. A true musical prodigy whose multi-dimensional gifts emerged at age five, the beautiful Alicia is taking modern R&B soul to a whole new level.

Born aware of her old soul yet living in New York's inner city amidst the dominance of Biggie and Jay Z, Alicia's natural talents blossomed into a rare mix of hip-hop flavor and insightful, wise-beyond-her-years songwriting. Coupling this with the singer's spine-tingling vocal power, positively stirring live performances and expertise as a classically trained pianist, Alicia Keys could be this generation's Roberta Flack.

Highly sought-after by record labels that held good, old-fashioned bidding wars in her honor, Alicia signed to Arista Records in 1998. There she continued the process of writing, producing and recording the debut she'd begun penning at age 14. In late 1999, Alicia followed Clive Davis to his new J Records where she continues to chart her arrival to the music world.Creations now rising out of the studio show signs of both a critical and commercial monster--a deep, melodic, soulful gem of an album that showcases Alicia in all her universal glory.

Born and raised in Manhattan, the stunning, bi-racial Alicia Keys recognizes a number of influences including her ultra-supportive mother who told her "You can quit anything else but you can never give up on your piano lessons." Alicia also sites a teacher at the Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan who, while she was majoring in Choir, gave her valuable instruction on her voice. "This teacher spent so much time with me, she became the closest thing to vocal training I received," Alicia recalls.

At age 16, Alicia's outstanding grades allowed her to finish high school early. "I was so deeply involved in music, I had already outgrown all the pressure of high school cliques and gossip." Right out of high school, Columbia University accepted Alicia Keys and

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"An enthusiastic album full of masterful strokes and electrifying intensity.  Blender
"Another masterpiece.  Dot Music
"A proper soul album which hooks you with the first pneumatic beat and draws you deeper with every heady atmosphere and vivid emotion.  Q Magazine

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Alicia Keys (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Tony! Toni! Tone! (vocals); Rich Harrison, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis (various instruments); Sharif Hobley, Artie White, Ricky Quinones (guitar); Dwayne Wiggins (sitar, bass); Sanford Allen (violin); Richard Brice (viola); Eileen Folson (cello); Dave Watson (flute, saxophone); Joe Romano, Dave Watson (horns); Onree Gill (Fender Rhodes piano); Arckel Vickers (organ); Artie Reynolds, Steve Rodriguez (bass); Paul John, Steve Jordan (drums); Pablo Batista (percussion); Kerry "Crucial" Brothers, Easy Mo Bee (programming); Taneisha Smith, Erika Rose, L. Green, Cindy Mizelle, Katrese Barnes (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: Alicia Keys, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Rich Harrison, Kerry "Crucial" Brothers.
Muze PNote Personnel: Alicia Keys (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); John Jubu Smith, Ronnie Drayton, Artie "Blues Boy" White, Ricky Quinones (guitar); Kurt Briggs, Gwendolyn Laster, Dale Stuckenbruck, Xin Zhao, Marion Pinheiro, Lori Miller, Alexander Vselensky, Stanley Hunte, Sanford Allen, Avril Brown (violin); Barry Finclair, Julien Barber, Peter Vanderwater, Maxine Roach, Richard Brice, Robert Chausow (viola); Eileen Folson , Marisol Espada, Caryl Paisner (cello); Joe Romano (horns); Timothy Christian Riley (piano); Onree Gill (Fender Rhodes piano); Arcel Vickers (organ); Steve Jordan , Paul Alexandre John (drums); Pablo Batista (percussion); Cindy Mizelle, L.C. Green, Taneisha Smith, Erika Rose, Harold Lilly, John Legend, Katreese Barnes, Andricka Hall, Jerimiah "Jermaine" Paul (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Patrick Viala; Russell Elevado; Tony Maserati ; Tony Black.
Muze PNote On THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS, the classically trained vocalist/pianist follows up the success of her lauded debut by displaying an even more formidable knack for sophisticated soul. The elegant piano intro of "Harlem's Nocturne" quickly gives way to a driving beat and Keys' admission that "there are so many things that are on my mind." This sentiment proves true, as Keys proceeds to run through a wide range of musical styles, from string-laden R&B on "Karma" to Timbaland-produced funk on "Heartburn" to a potent soul-pop medley of "If I Was Your Woman/Walk On By."
Muze PNote Keys' personal touch on DIARY extends to her role as producer on many of the album's tracks, including the sultry, show-stopping "If I Ain't Got You" and the haunting "Diary" (featuring Tony! Toni! Tone!). As this confident sophomore album reveals, SONGS IN A MINOR was no fluke. In fact, DIARY shows Keys just starting to hit her musical stride.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Tony Toni Tone

Artist Overview

Precocious R&B vocalist/pianist Alicia Keys was hand-picked by Clive Davis as one of the flagship artists for his post-Arista label, J Records. No doubt he was as impressed by her multitude of skills (Keys took a large role in the writing, arranging, and production of her debut album) as by her music, which mates contemporary hip-hop accoutrements to an old-school soul sensibility ? la Jill Scott or D'Angelo. Only 20 years old at the time of the album's release, Keys already seemed poised for a major career built upon her soulful voice and classically trained piano chops. While hip-hop played a much bigger role on her sophomore effort, 2003's THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS, it was a smash nonetheless, and subsequent recordings have further pushed the boundaries of R&B.

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3
Muze Music Compilations Sex And The City 2 (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Thank Me Later
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 12 12 12:Concert For Sandy Relief
Muze Music Compilations Essential Nas(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Nas
Muze Music Compilations So Amazing:all Star Tribute To Luther
Muze Music Compilations ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Confessions (Special Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Coleccion Definitiva
Muze Music Compilations Coleccion Definitiva
Muze Music Compilations Backyardigans:born To Play
Muze Music Compilations Amazing Spider Man 2 (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Amazing Spider Man 2 (ost)
Muze Music Compilations GOD'S SON(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Arneson, Mark
Eve (Rap)
White, Jack
White, Jack (White Stripes)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/02/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 55712
Music Label Name Label : J Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00828765571227

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (12/25/03-1/8/04, p.124)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...An assured, adult statement, steeped in the complicated love life and musical dreams of an ambitious young woman who has absorbed enough Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin records to live up to [her] soul promise..."

Entertainment Weekly (12/5/03, pp.94-5)
- "...[The album features] some of Keys' liveliest music..." - Rating: B

Q (1/04, p.111)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "It's a proper soul album which hooks you with the first pneumatic beat and draws you deeper with every heady atmosphere and vivid emotion."

E! Online 8 of 10
The R&B stunner had deliver something major to top her Grammy-hogging 2001 debut Songs in A Minor. She gets halfway there by cracking open her Diary and spreading her wings with the beat-driving numbers like "Karma" and "Heartburn" (coproduced by Keys and Timbaland). Then she has a good time covering Gladys Knight's "If I Were Your Woman." Keys, however, proves to be a better singer than songwriter, as most of the latter half of the album slips into sleepy piano numbers. Sure, "You Don't Know My Name" and "Samsonite Man" are soulfully gorgeous, but we're wagering that you'll feel a little drowsy after sitting through this.

Rolling Stone 8 of 10
Alicia Keys already has a lot of mystique to live up to for such a tender thing. On her debut, Songs in A Minor, she was acclaimed as a soul prodigy fusing Biggie and Chopin. Keys played piano, wrote the great "Fallin'," wore a cool hat and won more Grammys than she'd had hot breakfasts. But success hasn't spoiled her, because she's clearly been woodshedding. The Diary of Alicia Keys is an assured, adult statement, steeped in the complicated love life and musical dreams of an ambitious young woman who has absorbed enough Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin records to live up to the soul promise of "Harlem's Nocturne." Keys evokes Gladys Knight ("If I Was Your Woman") and Dionne Warwick ("Walk On By"), but the seductive adult spell of "You Don't Know My Name" is all her own.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Keys,Alicia
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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