Don't write Alicia Keys
off simply because she's a pop princess! This second album might sit at the top of the charts for six months, or it may falter quickly and be seen a "sophmore slump" – but whether you see clips on Access Hollywood or not, this Diary is pretty nice to our ears! Diary Of Alicia Keys
finds the piano playing, jaw-droppingly beautiful chanteuse rocking a more outwardly hip hop feel on the best tracks, particularly the probable singles "You Don't Know My Name" (with production by Chicago's favorite son Kayne West) and "Heartburn" (with Timbaland on the beats). But the girl is by no means simply a typical prefab Clive Davis hitmaker – she wrote or co-wrote most of the music here, and she's the top billed producer on most of it, too. Alicia
isn't re-inventing the wheel here, and her lyrics aren't the most deeply-thoughtful introspection you'll find out there (especially for an album with the word "diary" in the title), but there's no denying the soul, or the endearing catchiness of the hooks & beats! Other tracks include "Karma", "If I Ain't Got You", "When You Really Love Someone", "Diary" (with Toni!Tony!Tone!), "Slow Down" and more.
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)