Alicia Keys - The Element Of Freedom


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Don't mistake the presence of Jay-Z and Beyonce on Alicia Keys' fourth album as evidence that the singer/songwriter is burrowing into modern R&B -- take it instead as evidence of the rarefied company Keys keeps, her status as a superstar so solidified that the only cameos possible are R&B/hip-hop elite. Superstars are often given leeway to do anything they want, and so it is on The Element of Freedom, where Keys dials back the outward expansion of As I Am and turns inward, creating a clean, small-scale collection of ballads and Prince-inspired pop. Always apparent on Alicia's albums, that Prince influence is underscored by how she's swapped the retro-soul instrumentation of her earliest music for electronics, but she's retained the warmth, the throwback sensibility and, especially, a sense of reserve, never getting too heated or gauche. This does mean the Prince elements feel more NPG than Revolution, but Keys trademark always has been an easy elegance. On The Element of Freedom, that elegance is so easy it borders on the sleepy, with Keys' understatement undercutting livelier numbers -- chief among them the bubbly Beyonce duet "Put It in a Love Song" -- so they play as ballads. This isn't a complaint so much as a characteristic: her voice may crack on "Love Is My Disease", but Keys never gets gritty, she remains reserved, never letting her singing or arrangements obscure the melodies or the classy veneer of the entire proceedings. All this determined detachment keeps The Element of Freedom from packing a primal, passionate punch, but there is charm in Alicia's enveloping, quiet cool: she may never break a sweat, but she knows how to sustain a sultry, not necessarily sexy, mood, and she does so here quite fetchingly. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi


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Alicia Keys
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The Element Of Freedom (Intro), Love Is Blind, Doesn't Mean Anything, Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart, Wait 'Til They See My Smile, That's How Strong My Love Is, Unthinkable (I'm Ready), Love Is My Disease, Like The Sea, Put It In A Love Song - Featuring Beyonce, This Bed, Distance And Time, How It Feels To Fly, Empire State Of Mind Pt. 2: Broken Down
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5558670, 30574188, 31388892

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Alicia Keys - The Element Of Freedom is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I listen everyday I love this CD it is sooooo great!!! I am very picky with my songs, and her songs were so bomb! I listen to it everyday, at work, driving and at home, wow!
Date published: 2009-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Buy! Best Album; Why! Because I believe every track can be a single/Hit!!!! Yes, the album is that good....Alicia honey you did it .... again....Definitely worth the $$$$$!!!
Date published: 2009-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT tHIS IS A REALLY GOOD CD.......HURRY AND BUY IT.
Date published: 2009-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good product i really love only one song. i was hoping that there would be more real good songs on it.
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good buy! I enjoy the lyrics very much.
Date published: 2010-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected Flow This cd is now one of my all time favorites. I usually just get one or two songs from a cd but I took a wise gamble and bought the album while in Walmart on a impulse. I am so glad I did I love the lyrics beats and just the overall flow of the cd. Keys did a great job and I hope it is appreciated during award time.
Date published: 2010-03-04
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