Just one week after her highly raved-about single “Fire We Make” impacted the airwaves and internet, Alicia Keys hits us with her fifth studio album Girl on Fire. With near perfect timing from her first single, in conjunction with the Citibank ad that features her singing the title track, a new Reebok endorsement and collaborating with neo-soul icon Maxwell for this latest offering, Alicia is in line to receive some great returns for this new album.
As an album Girl On Fire does well to present itself as a fluid, cohesive project. So often artists are under the pressure of trying to reach particular markets with specific songs, it leaves their albums with a few high points but ultimately disappointing overall. Not the case here. Alicia opens up showcasing her impeccable hand at the keys, which we’ve grown accustomed to with the intro track to her albums, and right into what I’d describe as great music to play throughout the house after a good Saturday cleaning.
With the exception of some really talented DJ’s spinning “You Don’t Know My Name”, Alicia has never been really known for club hits, and we love that about her. Throughout the 13 track album Keys, moves effortlessly between yearning ballads and mid-tempo tracks that make you want to go out and grab a cup of overpriced coffee. You don’t even drink coffee.
Upon the first few listens, something we’ve noticed was missing on this album were those heart-wrenching emotional attention grabbers that made you rewind a few times before moving on. Let’s take a trip shall we? Songs In A Minor had the “Never Felt This Way” interlude into “Butterflyz”, Diary had Kanye West’s masterpiece “You Don’t Know My Name”, “If I Ain’t Got You” and of course Diary. Then on As I Am she gave us tracks 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10, which I’ll let you go and research. And finally, Element of Freedom gave us “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” and the Drake-penned, super smash “Unthinkable”. Alicia Keys’ consistency and mastery of her classical spin on R&B have kept her relevant all these years doing nothing but great music, so while we do miss, or at least haven’t yet found, our standout favorites yet, this is still another solid album from Mrs. Alicia Keys Beatz. Girl on Fire is in stores and itunes today, and if you’re not completely sold, you can get a full listen before you buy on Spotify from your desktop.