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As I Am



Innocuous tunes delivered with a powerhouse voice.

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Sings about empowerment and living each moment.

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"Teenage Love Affair" mentions physical intimacy in terms of "bases" ("Second base/want you to feel me too/third base/better pump the brakes/well baby slow down/gotta go home now"). A little innuendo on "Wreckless Love" but nothing explicit.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the song "Teenage Love Affair" does talk about physical intimacy in terms of "bases," but this girl puts on the brakes at third base. There's some innuendo in tracks like "Wreckless Love" and "Like You'll Never See Me Again," but nothing explicit. Keys also talks about the importance of inner strength and being who you are.

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What's the story?

These days, Alicia Keys is a rare model of talent and strength. The queen of the piano delivers a strong performance with AS I AM -- her first solo album since 2003's Diary of Alicia Keys. Keys has really come into her own. On "Superwoman," Keys belts it out like a woman well beyond her 26 years ("Even when I'm a mess/still put on my vest/with an S on my chest/I'm a superwoman"). She collaborates with such talent as John Mayer and Linda Perry, former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes.

Is it any good?


The album covers empowerment and personal revolution, not to mention a stunning display of Alicia Keys' ever-maturing and enduringly soulful vocals. The soulful sweetness of "Like You'll Never See Me Again" beckons us to live every moment as if it were our last ("Every time you kiss me/kiss me like you'll never see me again"). As I Am is about as good as it gets; a little rock, a little R&B, and a lot of solid, soulful Alicia Keys on the keys.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be "as I am." After listening to the album, why would Alicia Keys pick that title? What do you think it means to be a "superwoman" in today's society?

Music details

Artist:Alicia Keys
Release date:November 13, 2007
Label:Sony Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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