100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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Alicia Keys, 'Songs in a Minor'

The debut album by 20-year-old Alicia Keys introduced the world to a singer-songwriter with something for everyone: hip-hop flash, vintage soul song-stylings, gospel fervor, classically trained piano skills, pop melody, punchy beats, unabashed feminism, red-blooded romanticism – and a singing voice that sounded best when raised in an open-throated yowl. It sounded like Grammy bait, and it was: Keys scooped up five awards, and she deserved them all.

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