On her melodically powerful third studio album, she matures into the matriarch of her genre. [Dec 2007, p.120]
As I Am radiates not just confidence but also experience. On the whole it's her strongest effort yet.
The strong stories that Keys spins are complemented by deft musical arrangements that integrate more rock and pop into her enriched old-school vibe.
Despite Perry's penchant for bland mantras, her American Idol-ready songs best showcase Keys' husky range and position her in a mainstream light.
Despite substantial input from Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, the rapper boyfriend Keys says she made wait a year to get down, the prevailing mood is reflectively soulful and the prevailing tempo mid.
Her fourth album starts well with the flashing anger of 'Go Ahead,' but only the Stax-sampling 'Where Do We Go From Here' is half as interesting.