Girl on Fire [Digipak]
Performer: Alicia Keys
Artist: Nicki Minaj; Maxwell
Engineer: Ann Mincieli...
Producer: Ann Mincieli; Alicia Keys...
Distributor: Sony Music Entertainment
Notes: Recording information: Chalice Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Geejam Studios, Jamaica; Jungle City Studios, New York, NY; Metropolis Studios, London; Oven Studios, New York, NY; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA. Photographers: Michelangelo Di Battista; Nino Mu�oz. Since the release of The Element of Freedom, Alicia Keys married and began a family with producer Swizz Beatz and either appeared on or produced material for a number of albums, including Kanye West's My Dark Beautiful Twisted Family, Emeli Sand�'s Our Version of Events, and Miguel's Kaleidoscope Dream. Girl on Fire, her fifth album, was put together with her husband, as well as the likes of Salaam Remi, Jeff Bhasker, and John Legend. The album features "Brand New Me," a song Keys regards as her autobiography, and the inspiring title track, her 18th Billboard Hot 100 single.
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he follows her muse, and foregrounds the tunes. The result is both her catchiest and subtlest album yet -- and one of the best R&B records of 2012." Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "Some of GIRL ON FIRE's best moments come down to just Keys and her piano. It opens with an instrumental and segues into the triumphant 'Brand New Me'..." -- Grade: B Billboard (p.80) - "[The album] creatively stretches beginning with a classically tinged solo piano intro, 'De Novo Adagio,' and works through the sultry jazz of 'When It's All Over'..." Q (Magazine) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "She can belt and she can bounce, but what Key does best is offer classy reassurance that the centre ground is actually a pretty cool place to be." Paste (magazine) - "[T]his is Keys finding her vulnerability and letting it unfurl with a strength that's honest instead of bludgeoning."
Precocious R&B vocalist/pianist Alicia Keys was hand-picked by Clive Davis as one of the flagship artists for his post-Arista label, J Records. No doubt he was as impressed by her multitude of skills (Keys took a large role in the writing, arranging, and production of her debut album) as by her music, which mates contemporary hip-hop accoutrements to an old-school soul sensibility � la Jill Scott or D'Angelo. Only 20 years old at the time of the album's release, Keys already seemed poised for a major career built upon her soulful voice and classically trained piano chops. While hip-hop played a much bigger role on her sophomore effort, 2003's THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS, it was a smash nonetheless, and subsequent recordings have further pushed the boundaries of R&B.
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