The influence of her genre-spanning discography, and indeed her air of mystery, can be felt in the slew of artists that have debuted in her wake. Nevertheless, such an approach to stardom, though the catalyst for a pointedly introspective sort of artistry, also yields an element of stagnancy in a musician's late-career material. Indeed, the critical response to Keys' last album, Here, can be described as one of appreciative apathy, with many commending the singer's musicality whilst critiquing the increasingly formulaic nature of her songwriting.
Alicia Keys was introduced to us some 19 years ago with her slick slice of new soul Fallin’. The 19-year-old classically trained pianist wowed critics with her surprisingly layered first album Songs In A Minor which went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide. Her follow up The Diary Of Alicia Keys was equally captivating, launched with the freshly retro feel of lead single You Don’t Know My Name, and won four of her 15 Grammys.
Alicia Keys is back. Four years post-release of her sixth studio album 'HERE', the R&B goddess has finally released a new project, and it's her most sociopath-political project to date. 'ALICIA' is filled with fifteen tracks full of lyrically smooth ear-pleasing realness that see Alicia Keys return to the sound that introduced her to the world. Inspired by her most recent memoir 'More Myself: A Journey', 'ALICIA' explores her rooted personal journey of womanhood, allowing us to hear the evolution in her sound.