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"No One," "Wreckless Love" and "I Need You" speak glowingly of romantic love. "The Thing About Love" takes a balanced look at the ups and downs of life and relationships ("Everybody laughs, everybody cries/ Oh, it could hurt you baby, but give it a lil' try ... Don't give up"). Keys asks God for angelic guidance on the vaguely spiritual "Prelude to a Kiss." She strikes a no-nonsense stance with a deceptive beau ("Go Ahead") and optimistically views another bad relationship as a learning experience ("Lesson Learned")."Superwoman" urges diligent females—including the one in the mirror—to keep on keepin' on. Lines on several tunes respect each new day as a gift. One of them, the life-affirming "Sure Looks Good to Me," advocates taking healthy risks and feeling empowered to "Live, love ... give love." Her liner notes include a prominent appeal to support an agency dedicated to helping children infected with HIV.

Objectionable Content

Though discreet, a few nods to couples spending the night together lack marital context. On "Teenage Love Affair" a girl lets a boy get to "third base" before she throws on the brakes.

Summary Advisory

This Grammy-winner exudes a courteous confidence, appreciating the rare gift of true love while exploring pain with a sense of perspective and purpose. As CDs by R&B divas go, As I Am is a pretty solid pick for families willing to hit the skip button at "Teenage Love Affair."

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Chart Action: Disc debuted at No. 1 with a whopping 742,000 copies sold its first week. The title track is a chart-topping single.

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