After the release of The Element of Freedom, her fourth consecutive chart-topping and platinum studio release, Alicia Keys not only married Swizz Beatz and became a mother but stacked collaborations with Drake, Kanye West, Marsha Ambrosius, Jennifer Hudson, Emeli Sandé, and Miguel. The collaborative spirit continues all the way through Girl on ...Read MoreAfter the release of The Element of Freedom, her fourth consecutive chart-topping and platinum studio release, Alicia Keys not only married Swizz Beatz and became a mother but stacked collaborations with Drake, Kanye West, Marsha Ambrosius, Jennifer Hudson, Emeli Sandé, and Miguel. The collaborative spirit continues all the way through Girl on Fire, an album sporting a list of around 20 co-composers and nearly a dozen co-producers. A small but significant portion of the album has Keys somewhere in the past, grappling with or sifting through a stifling relationship. That's the way the album begins, with the alternately reserved and cathartic ballad "Brand New Me," one of three songs written with Sandé: "You look surprised your words don't burn me anymore." Two of the better songs, both of which feature assistance from John Legend, immediately follow and are closer to Keys' personal breakthrough. The first one, "When It's All Over," is a gushing testimonial over a dizzying Jamie xx co-production -- a clash between acoustic jazz, synth funk, and minimal techno that will either thrill or repel. "Listen to Your Heart," the second one, is mechanical yet plush and dials it back for Keys to embrace new love; it's one of Rodney Jerkins' unassuming yet stunning beats. After a pair of bombastic anthems -- including the oddly written "Girl on Fire," which has her "living in a world, and it's on fire," then "on top of the world" with "both feet on the ground" and "our head in the clouds" -- the album loses its grip. It hits a low with "Not Even the King," an obvious "love is worth more than money" ballad, and "That's When I Knew," a tender back-porch ballad presumably about Mr. Keys. (If the mind wanders, consider that the object of affection is the man behind hits such as "Money, Cash, Hoes" and "It's Me B*#@hes.") Once "101," the last listed track, fades out, a chaotic outro fades in and peaks with Keys screaming, in a celebratory and defiant manner, "Hallelujah -- kicked down the door!" It ends the first chapter of her new life with several exclamation points, but it's missing one. The album could have used some swift and uplifting neo-disco like "Million Dollar Bill" or "Everybody Needs Love," exceptional songs that Keys and her husband wrote and produced for Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson. ~ Andy Kellman, RoviRead Less
Good in good packaging. Originally released: 2012. Ex library copy. Moderate wear on CD/Case. Typical library, stampings, markings, stickers etc (WG) Jewel case is a HEAVY DUTY plastic jewel case and not the typical CD jewel case. Front artwork is clipped.
Very Good. All Music, DVD, Software, Video Games. These items may have scratches. They have not been tested and will not be tested. Also the case may be cracked or damaged. Key code may not be available on computer software. Artwork and booklet included unless otherwise noted.
New. New. Girl On Fire [Original Recording] Audio CD By Alicia Keys Product Details Disc 1 1 De Novo Adagio (Intro) (1: 19) 2 Brand New Me (3: 53) 3 When It's All Over (4: 34) 4 Listen To Your Heart (3: 46) 5 New Day (4: 02) 6 Girl On Fire-Nicki Minaj (4: 30) 7 Fire We Make (5: 21) 8 Tears Always Win (3: 59) 9 Not Even The King (3: 07) 10 That's When I Knew (4: 05) 11 Limitedless (3: 57) 12 One Thing (4: 08) 13 101 (6: 27) Audio CD (November 27, 2012) Original Release Date: 2012 Number of Discs: 1 Format: Original recording Label: RCA ASIN: B0091LS07E UPC: 886979418226.