Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With her classically trained voice and keyboard chops, Keys reintroduced the idea of a self-reliant R&B singer-songwriter -- a type that stretches back to Stevie Wonder."
Rolling Stone (1/03/02, p.118) - Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "Top 10 2001".
Rolling Stone (7/19/01, p.53) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Keys shows a maturity beyond her years...suggesting down-home R&B contemporaries like Jill Scott as well as yesteryear's soul sophisticates..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/29-7/6/01, p.144) - "...A debut full of promise..." - Rating: B
Q (1/03, p.56) - Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"
Q (9/01, p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A prime candidate to head up the nu-soul revolution...with a voice that challenges Mary J. Blige's....Key's R&B trips to a fundamentally more old-skool set of values....Her sincerity is another plus..."
Uncut (11/01, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Frequently stunning....Keys soars like a young Aretha Franklin..."
CMJ (4/30/01, p.21) - "...The singer showcases her classical piano training atop slow and somber percussion...her deep soulful voice and heartfelt delivery carry the songs..."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Ranked #27 in Mojo's "Best  Albums of 2001".
Record Collector (magazine) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "SONGS IN A MINOR has dated well -- cuts the likes of 'Fallin'' and 'A Woman's Worth' still sound fresh."
Personnel: Alicia Keys (vocals, various instruments, piano, keyboards); Jimmy Cozier (vocals): Gerald "G" Flowers, Arty White (guitar); Miri (violin); Isaac Hayes (Fender Rhodes piano); Brian Cox (keyboards); Richie Good (upright bass); Tim Shider, Vic Flowers, Rufus Jackson (electric bass); Norman Hedman (percussion); Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Anthony Nance (programming); Cindy Mizelle, Tammy Saunders, Andricka Hall, Paul L. Green, Kandi B (background vocals).
Producers: Jermaine Dupri, Brian McKnight, Alicia Keys, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers.
Alicia Keys won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. SONGS IN A MINOR won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "Fallin'" won the 2002 Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song.
Personnel: Alicia Keys (vocals, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Arty White, Cato (guitar); Isaac Hayes (Fender Rhodes piano); John Peters (organ); Brian Cox (keyboards); Richie Goods (acoustic bass, electric bass); Norman Hedman (percussion); Kerry Brothers, Anthony Nance (drum programming); Cindy Mizelle, Kandi Burruss, Paul Green, Andricka Hall (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Phil Tan; Russell Elevado; Tony Maserati .
Audio Remixer: Alicia Keys.
Recording information: Backroom Studios, Glendale, CA (1998-2001); Battery Sounds, New York, NY (1998-2001); Battery Studios, New York, NY (1998-2001); Doppler Studio, Atlanta, GA (1998-2001); Hit Factory, New York, NY (1998-2001); KrucialKeys Studios, New York, NY (1998-2001); SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA (1998-2001); The Hit Factory, New York, NY (1998-2001); Unique Recording Studios, New York, NY (1998-2001).
Photographer: Tony Duran .
Arrangers: Kandi; Kandi Burruss; Alicia Keys.