Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire - 2012 Grammy Award Winning R + B 2LP
Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire
Label: RCA - 88697-94182-1, AKW - 88697-94182-1
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album
record is sealed
Released: 14 Dec 2012
Genre: Jazz, Funk / Soul
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
The Alicia Keys we find on Girl on Fire is much removed from how we left her on 2009s 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: Its been a while, Im 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 worlds 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 hasnt 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 worlds 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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