- Summary: The fifth release for the R&B singer features co-written with such artists as Babyface, Gary Clark Jr., Dr. Dre, John Legend, Bruno Mars, Frank Ocean, and Emeli Sandé.
- Record Label: RCA
- Genre(s): R&B, Adult Contemporary R&B, Contemporary R&B
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Nov 28, 2012Her vocal style and musicianship get better and better with each album. I would have assumed that a pop artist like her would get more and more generic, but instead she keeps pouring out her heart in new and creative ways. The way she hits those keys and uses that voice is just unbelievable.… Expand
Dec 1, 2012I enjoyed this album very much. Its creative and interesting, while going back to her roots at the same time. Her vocals, as usual, are amazing and dynamic. Im a huge fan of Alicia Keys, but bad song writing, and over the top poppy producing seem to get in the way of simply enjoying her voice. This time around I can say it is Alicia Keys who shines through, and she has never sounded better.… Collapse
Apr 17, 2014Maybe on the cover is written Girl on Fire, but this is an album by woman and for woman.
It is beautiful, strong, and so grown up. From fierce ballad "Brand New Me", almost jazzy ambiental "When it’s All Over" and "Listen to Your Heart" to upbeat "New Day" and Inferno version of "Girl on Fire" with Nicki Minaj to set of four ballads: "Fire We Make" (duet with Maxwell), "Tears Always Win", "Not Even the King" and "That’s When I Knew". Album ends with Beyonce-sque "Limitedless", soft ballads "One Thing" and "101" with hidden outro.
It is a bit different from her previous albums (as intro "De Novo Adagio" warns me of that), but I like it very much. Thing that got my attention is cohesiveness of album which (to me) gives appearance of “spilling” songs into each other which is amazing. Also like it is divided into three parts – first six songs being first, block of ballads being second and last three songs with outro last one.
First part really carries the album, where we met this new, strong and independent woman who is learned to learn from her mistakes, who is satisfied with herself and does not want to waste time. She wants it all, and she wants it now. This part peaks with Inferno version of Girl on Fire dominated by drum beat and Nicki Minay raping. And I must say I adore the way Alicia says fire – like two-syllable damn =). I am slowly beginning to be addicted to this song.
Second part is more like old Alicia. Piano and Alicia, accurately. Well, and Maxwell in "Fire We Make". Just to calm things a bit before goes third part and "Limitedless" shakes us up. Last song on album is "101" and magnificently massive outro which could easily be part of Don Davis’ Matrix.… Expand
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