The Princess of Soul has done it again. Using simple piano riffs and strong, direct lyrics, Keys expertly weaves a beautiful new story in her fourth studio album. Beginning with the bluesy “Love Is Blind,” Keys sets the stage for exploring the depths of a don’t-want-him-but-can’t-live-without-him relationship encompassing years of joy and heartache. The sense of duration and passage of time is supported by the generation- and genre-spanning mix Keys has assembled: “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart” calls to mind late-’80s Tina Turner, “How It Feels to Fly” hearkens to the very heart of classic soul, and “Put It in a Love Song” (featuring Beyoncé Knowles) captures hooky, modern hip-hop. Anyone listening to a new Alicia Keys album will expect to hear her signature piano compositions, and Freedom doesn’t disappoint. Featured prominently in the R&B tracks “Like the Sea,” and “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” Keys’ imagination and classical training come to life in ways that will make dedicated fans and newcomers alike fall in love.
Alicia Keys Reaches For New Sounds and Finds The Element Of Freedom
“I wanted it to go somewhere new,” reflects Alicia Keys about her hit album The Element of Freedom, just minutes before bringing 20,000 hungry fans at Newark, New Jersey’s, Prudential Centre to their feet. “I was listening to a lot of different music, which is what I tend to do before I start an album. It was about saying, “What am I feeling? And what feels good to me?”