The music here is hardly groundbreaking, but songs like "Best Of Me" aren't for that anyway. A broody, Sade-sampling cut which conjures an ice-cold vibe through clattering, propulsive drums and a deep bed of whirring synths; it's simple, but conjures one hell of a mood with it. A veteran of pop charts, and with assistance from superstar producer Mike WiLL Made-It, Keys feels completely at home surrounded by modern chart-stylings nearly two decades into her career.
Alicia Keys can at times feel like a force of nature. An advocate for social progress, her musicianship can move from jazz to neo-soul via hip-hop all within the same song, building up into unique modern soul catalogue. Following 2020's 'Alicia' - and her accompanying memoir - her new album could be her biggest, broadest, and more in-depth undertaking yet.