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Released: June 5, 2001

Rating: 3.901 (average of 13 ratings)

Genre: R&B

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Piano & I
  2. Girlfriend [with Jermaine Dupri]
  3. How Come You Don’t Call Me
  4. Fallin’
  5. Troubles
  6. Rock Wit’ U
  7. A Woman’s Worth
  8. Jane Doe
  9. Goodbye
  10. The Life
  11. Mr. Man
  12. Never Felt This Way (Interlude)
  13. Butterflyz
  14. Why Do I Feel So Sad?
  15. Caged Bird (Outro)
  16. Lovin’ U

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 6.2
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.9
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 3.0
sales worldwide - estimated 15.0


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 3
peak on U.K. album chart 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Fallin’ (5/5/01) #1 US, #3 UK, #1 RB, #24 AC, sales: 0.5 m, air: 0.6 m
  • Girlfriend (5/26/01) #24 UK, #73a RB
  • A Woman’s Worth (10/13/01) #6a US, #18 UK, #3 RB
  • How Come You Don’t Call Me (3/23/02) #58a US, #26 UK, #28 RB


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Songs in A Minor
Alicia Keys
“She may be beautiful, but Alicia Keys is a musician first and foremost.” SC “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 without being as spacy as Macy Gray or as hippie mystic as Erykah Badu while being more reliable than Lauryn Hill.” STE

Her “debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its release in the summer of 2001, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth ‘70s soul, even a little Billie Holiday.” STE

Indeed, she “plants herself firmly behind the piano keys on her debut, unlike many of the booty-waggin’ junior divas who are crowding the R&B videoscape these days. Though many of the tracks on Songs in A Minor are embellished with adolescent angst, …[her] substantial, gorgeously soul-drenched alto putties the cracks between notes with astonishing ease.” SC

“She swoops and soars over the spicy, flamenco-fueled melody that opens Mr. Mann, one of the many winning tracks gathered here. And she digs deep into a remake of the beloved Prince B-side, How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore? packing more heat into her melismatic wails than most singers twice her age.” SC

She also “had style to spare – elegant, sexy style accentuated by how she never oversang, giving the music a richer feel.” STEFallin’, the album’s first single, showcases Keys at her best. She wails plaintively and passionately over rolling blues chords, in the tradition of the greats that this young talent clearly wants to align herself with – Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Aretha Franklin.” SC

That song also demonstrates how her presentation “was rich enough to compensate for some thinness in the writing – though it was a big hit, … [it] doesn’t have much body to it – which is a testament to Keys’ skills as a musician.” STE “And, the fact is, even though there are some slips in the writing, there aren’t many, and the whole thing remains a startling assured, successful debut that deserved its immediate acclaim and is already aging nicely.” STE

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next studio album: The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)



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Last updated January 25, 2011.