Alicia Keys’ ‘Songs in A Minor’

Alicia Keys’ ‘Songs in A Minor’ is her debut studio album (featuring only one song ‘Jane Doe’ in the key of A minor) released on June 5, 2001 by J Records .

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Track listing . 1.Piano & I (Alicia Keys) – 01:52 . 2.Girlfriend (Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri, Joshua Thompson) – 03:34 . 3.How Come You Don’t Call Me (Prince) – 03:57 . 4.Fallin’ (Alicia Keys) – 03:29 . 5.Troubles (Alicia Keys, Kerry Brothers, Jr.) – 04:28 . 6.Rock wit U (Alicia Keys, Taneisha Smith, Brothers) – 05:36 . 7.A Woman’s Worth (Alicia Keys, Erika Rose) – 05:02 . 8.Jane Doe (Alicia Keys, Kandi Burruss) – 03:48 . 9.Goodbye (Alicia Keys) – 04:20 . 10.The Life (Alicia Keys, Smith, Brothers) – 05:25 . 11.Mr. Man (Alicia Keys, Jimmy Cozier) – 04:09 . 12.Never Felt This Way (Interlude) (Brian McKnight) – 02:01 . 13.Butterflyz (Alicia Keys) – 04:08 . 14.Why Do I Feel So Sad (Alicia Keys, Warryn Campbell) – 04:25 . 15.Caged Bird (Alicia Keys) – 03:02 . 16.Lovin U – Alicia Keys) – 03:49 . Personnel . Musicians . Alicia Keys – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals (Background) . Rufus Jackson – Bass on (10) . Tim Shider – Bass on (5) . Vic Flowers – Bass on (6 – 14) . Richie Goods – Bass, Bass (Upright) on (13 – 16) . Anthony Nance – Drum Programming on (9) . Kerry Brothers – Drum Programming, Keyboards on (1 – 3) . Isaac Hayes – Fender Rhodes, Flute Arrangement, String Arrangements on (6) . Alberto de Almar – Guitar . Arty White – Guitar on (7 – 10) . Carlos Alomar – Guitar . Gerald Flowers – Guitar . Arden Altino – Keyboards on (11) . Brian Cox – Keyboards on (2) . Miri Beniri – Keyboards, Strings, Violin on (11 – 16) . John Peters – Organ on (16) . Norman Hedman – Percussion on (6) . Albert V. Schoonmaker – String Section . Barry Finclair – String Section . Dale Stuckenbruck – String Section . David Bakamjian – String Section . Douglas Romoff – String Section . Gwendolyn Laster – String Section . Jesse Levine – String Section . Julian C. Barber – String Section . Larissa Blitz – String Section . Laurence H. Ridley – String Section . Lena M. Fankhauser – String Section . Lori Miller – String Section . Marion Pinheiro – String Section . Marisol Espada – String Section . Robert Chausow – String Section . Sarah Seiver – String Section . A & C Productions – Strings . Andricka Hall – Vocals (Background) on (4) . Cindy Mizelle – Vocals (Background) on (4) . Erika Rose – Vocals (Background) . Kandi Burruss – Vocals (Background) on (8) . Paul L. Green – Vocals (Background) on (7) . Tammy Saunders – Vocals (Background) on (4) . Jimmy Cozier – Vocals (Duet) on (11) . Ray Chew – Orchestration, String Arrangements . Production . Producer – Alicia Keys, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, Jermaine Dupri, Brian McKnight, Kandi Burruss, Jimmy Cozier, Arden Altino, Miri Ben-Ari . Ann Mincieli – Engineer, Mixing . Brian Frye – Engineer . Charles Bouis – Engineer . Chris Wood – Engineer . Ralph Cacciuri – Engineer . Rick St. Hillaire – Engineer . Kerry Brothers – Engineer, Producer . Gerry Brown – Engineer, Mixing . Russ Elevado – Engineer, Mixing . Tony Black – Engineer, Mixing . Acar Key – Engineer, Piano Engineer . Ross Baldisserotto – Editing . Dave Kutch – Mastering . Herb Powers, Jr. – Mastering . Manny Marroquin – Mixing . Phil Tan – Mixing . Tony Maserati – Mixing . Chris Galland – Mixing Assistant . Erik Madrid – Mixing Assistant . artwork . Eric Johnson – Photography . Tony Duran – Photography . Alan Light – Liner Notes . Erwin Gorostiza – Creative Director . Alli – Art Direction, Creative Director . Kristin Lum – Art Direction, Design . Patti Wilson – Stylist . Recorded 1998–2001 at Backroom Studios (Glendale, California), Battery Studios, KrucialKeys Studios, The Hit Factory, Unique Studios (New York City), Doppler Studios, Southside Studios (Atlanta, Georgia) . Released by J Records on June 5, 2001.

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Sputnikmusic.com
Unfortunately, the lyrics are the biggest problem with the record. It’s definitely not a big blemish, mind you, but they’re the only thing holding the album back from being an all-out classic. […]

allmusic
In retrospect, it was the idea of Alicia Keys that was as attractive as the record, since soul fans were hungering for a singer/songwriter who seemed part of the tradition […]

Rolling Stone
Showing a maturity beyond her years, this New York newcomer’s largely self-produced debut suggests down-home R&B contemporaries like Jill Scott as well as yesteryear’s soul sophisticates. […]

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