Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire - 2012 Grammy Award Winning R + B 2LP

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Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire

Label: RCA - 88697-94182-1, AKW - 88697-94182-1
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album

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Country: US
Released: 14 Dec 2012
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul
Style: RnB/Swing


A1 De Novo Adagio (Intro) 1:19
A2 Brand New Me 3:54
A3 When It's All Over 4:34
A4 Listen To You Heart 3:46

B1 New Day 4:03
B2 Girl On Fire (Inferno Version) 4:31
B3 Fire We Make 5:21

C1 Tears Always Win 3:59
C2 Not Even The King 3:07
C3 That's When I Knew 4:05

D1 Limitedless 3:57
D2 One Thing 4:09
D3 101

The Alicia Keys we find on Girl on Fire is much removed from how we left her on 2009’s The Element of Freedom, a rumination on the death of her grandmother and the break-up of a relationship. For the first album of her 30s, Keys is now married (to producer-rapper Swizz Beatz) and the proud mother of a young son. And understandably, the record takes this as its centre.

For all its big beats and stellar collaborations (and there are many: Frank Ocean, Emile Sandé, Darkchild, Babyface and Salaam Remi to name a few), the core of the album is Keys’ remarkable voice and simple songwriting. The tone is set by the piano introduction, a sombre reflective piece, and then the defiant, nose-thumbing Brand New Me which makes Keys’ stance clear when she sings: “It’s been a while, I’m not who I was before.”

Girl on Fire is classic Keys at her most commercial. The beautiful, sensual Fire We Make, a duet with Maxwell, is all muted horns and synth bass, a textbook quiet storm. The more you hear this track, the deeper you fall in love with it. Tears Always Win, co-written by Bruno Mars, is a convincing soul/gospel pastiche, played with a small band.

Not Even the King, written with Sandé, is probably the key track. Shorn of all bangs and crashes, it is a straightforward piano ballad, and although exploring the well-worn analogy of how being rich in love is better than all the world’s money (“Your arms around me / Worth more than a Kingdom”), it is strangely and sweetly affecting.

The credits say that Girl on Fire was “conceptualised and produced” by Keys. When you look at other artists of a similar ilk, you know that she hasn’t just dropped in to record with the latest producer. As a result, Girl on Fire is a smart album, maintaining the high standards set on The Element of Freedom. It showcases her as a maturing performer and keeps her there or thereabouts alongside Beyoncé as the world’s leading contemporary stylist of mainstream RnB.

Alicia Keys - Fire We Make (ft. Maxwell)

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Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire (Music Video)

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Alicia Keys - Brand New Me

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Condition New
Format 2LP
Label RCA
Color Black