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Album Review

Don’t mistake the presence of Jay-Z and Beyoncé on Alicia Keys' fourth album as evidence that the singer/songwriter is burrowing into modern R&B — take it instead as evidence of the rarefied company Keys keeps, her status as a superstar so solidified that the only cameos possible are R&B/hip-hop elite. Superstars are often given leeway to do anything they want, and so it is on The Element of Freedom, where Keys dials back the outward expansion of As I Am and turns inward, creating a clean, small-scale collection of ballads and Prince-inspired pop. Always apparent on Alicia’s albums, that Prince influence is underscored by how she’s swapped the retro-soul instrumentation of her earliest music for electronics, but she’s retained the warmth, the throwback sensibility, and especially a sense of reserve, never getting too heated or gauche. This does mean the Prince elements feel more NPG than Revolution, but Keys' trademark has always been an easy elegance. On The Element of Freedom, that elegance is so easy it borders on the sleepy, with Keys’ understatement undercutting livelier numbers — chief among them the bubbly Beyoncé duet “Put It in a Love Song” — so they play as ballads. This isn’t a complaint so much as a characteristic: her voice may crack on “Love Is My Disease,” but Keys never gets gritty; she remains reserved, never letting her singing or arrangements obscure the melodies or the classy veneer of the entire proceedings. All this determined detachment keeps The Element of Freedom from packing a primal, passionate punch, but there is charm in Alicia’s enveloping, quiet cool: she may never break a sweat, but she knows how to sustain a sultry, not necessarily sexy, mood, and she does so here quite fetchingly.

Customer Reviews

Hmm..kom igen Alicia.

Alicia Keys er efterhånden blevet rimelig stor i musikbranchen, vel fortjent! Men dette album,er ikke så musikalsk genialt som jeg havde håbet, som eksempel, Shakira's nye album, She Wolf, er langt mere gennemtænkt og hænger meget bedre sammen end Alicia's The Element of Freedom, om She Wolf så passer til Shakira kan diskuteres, men om det er gennemtænkt kan ikke diskuteres, She Wolf har en dybere mening end man tror. Tilbage til Alicia, hendes nye album har højdepunkter(Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart, Wait Til You See My Smile). Det dårlige ved albummet, og grunden til de kun 2 stjerner, er at The Element of Freedom ikke laver noget banebrydende, hvis man er Alicia fan kan man bruge sangene, men som almen person virker sangene bare ikke som vigtige, albummet hang godt sammen, men blev totalt opløst af "Put It In a Love Song feat. Beyonce". Sangen passer slet ikke ind, og ødelægger tempoet som man er blevet fulgt igennem med resten af sangene. "Doesn't Mean anything er den første single fra albummet, og den, værst af alle, lyder præcis som 5 andre Alicia Keys sange, blandt andet "No One". Ikke smart gjort! Men Alicia formoder stadig at virke personlig og kærlig igennem hele albummet, hvilket altid har været et kendetegn af Alicia's. Mit råd til Alicia er at bruge længere tid, og prøve at variere sangene men stadig beholde hendes niche, det er svært, men Shakira kan, så ergo, du kan, Alicia.

Bob bob

Er generelt ikke begejstret for albummet som helhed, der er dog et par enkelte sange imellem, som indfrier mine forventninger :) Try sleeping with a broken heart er en af dem.

Totalt iorden Alicia

Det er bare et helt kanon album det her bye it.... Der er ikke andet og sige


Born: 25 January 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Alicia Keys became an international star through her singular mix of classic and contemporary R&B. Behind the number one pop hit "Fallin," her debut album, Songs in A Minor, sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of availability in 2001 and eventually moved over ten million units worldwide, thus setting the stage for the then-20-year-old's long career. She was just behind D'Angelo, and ahead of Norah Jones, as the second singer, songwriter, and keyboardist to top the Billboard 200 during...
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