Alicia Keys - The Diary of Alicia Keys - Sensuous Soul on Alicia's latest

2006-03-29 18:43
 
It's a subtle, yet savvy switch with the aptly titled Diary of Alicia Keys highlighting the singer/pianist's love for the classic Motown moods of say, Stevie Wonder or Roberta Flack. Breezy love smiles ("You Don't Know My Name") nestle gently up against soaring soul romances ("If I Ain't Got You"). Upbeat retro-funk jams ("Heartburn") fade from street filtered confessions ("If I Was Your Woman/Walk On By") and sultry late night jazzy moods ("Harlem Nocturne") to bittersweet bedroom ballads ("When You Really Love Me").



Sure, she occasionally reprises that nauseatingly distinctive harmonic ache ("Diary" featuring Tony! Toni! Tone!), but on the whole the album is devoid of the diva-driven torch song familiarity of epoch-defining singles like "A Woman's Worth" of "Fallin'". Diary is simply a rainy day ready listen that pages pensively through an aural sketchbook of sensuous late-night songs.

So what if this intimate listening experience is occasionally a little too much like actually reading someone's diary? The elegant canvas of mid-and-down-tempo if not necessarily downbeat grooves makes for a seductive quiet storm. Transcending the voyeuristic detachment of booty-shaking contemporaries like Beyonce, Diary invites us to look beyond any stylised sheen and enjoy the mellifluous mood mix for what it is - an absorbing portrait of Alicia herself.

- Miles Keylock


Just how do you follow-up your 5-Grammy winning debut without merely re-hashing its impassioned neo-soul formula? Well, if you're Alicia Keys then you colour your signature urban contemporary canvas with a bewitching array of old school soul sketches, of course.

carla johnsen 2004/02/22 1:39 PM
The Diary of Alicia Key`s Personally i think it is a great album!I really enjoyed it and I love listening to it.I wasn`t sure what to write so I just wrote this! Fallen,by Evenassance
Jason 2004/02/23 10:09 AM
She Rocks Not only is she sexy but has a great voice to go Ja Rule
Jason 2004/02/23 10:09 AM
She Rocks Not only is she sexy but has a great voice to go Ja Rule
LAUREL 2004/05/31 4:08 PM
ALICIA KEYS DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS GOOD ALICIA KEYS
LAUREL 2004/06/04 12:18 PM
DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS I THINK SHE IS A VERY GOOD ROLE MODEL, HAS A NICE VOICE AND IS VERY SEXY. SHE HAS A LOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE FUTURE. I'D RECOMEND THE NEW USHER CD. HE ROCKS MY WORLD.
Ilze 2004/08/14 5:54 AM
the best ever the cd is the best. she likes to show her feelings in her songs conffession, part 2----usher
ICE 2004/09/19 11:15 AM
DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS THIS IS NOT SO BAD (HER LAST ALBUM WAS EXELLENT) . SHE IS A SOULFUL SINGER WITH ALOT OF TALENT AND SHE SHOULD NEVER FORGET THAT CAUSE THERE ARE MANY ARTISTS OUT THERE WHO WASTE THEIR TALENT TRYING TO BE LIKE OTHER SINGERS
Elme 2004/10/25 7:31 PM
Alicia Keys It is not the best but it is okay i like her new song what goes up must come down Hilary duff Metamorpis
Nabeela 2005/11/11 8:48 PM
Karma She's great The diary of alicia keys
karen 2005/11/27 8:20 PM
Alicia's the best There's no one out there like Alicia Keys. Her unplugged album is even better. Elme, what are you doing reviewing alicia keys just to promote hillary duff? nee man Alicia Keys Unplugged
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