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Album Review: Alicia Keys - 'Girl on Fire'

By November 27, 2012

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On her first album since she got married and had a child, R&B-pop superstar Alicia Keys sounds like the events in her personal life have greatly reinvigorated her. Alicia, who's been best known until now for power ballads like "Fallin'," "You Don't Know My Name" and "If I Ain't Got You," has come out swinging on her fifth studio album, Girl on Fire, with high energy songs like "New Day" and the title track. It could be that she's feeling empowered by becoming a mother for the first time, or perhaps it's her husband, hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz rubbing off on her, but Alicia clearly has a bolder, more aggressive attitude on the first half of this album. Girl on Fire, which was released Nov. 27, 2012 in the U.S., is somewhat a departure from the smoldering vibe her fans had become accustomed to. Although Girl on Fire kicks off with "De Novo Adagio (Intro)," a mellow, minute-plus piano instrumental that pays homage to her roots as a classical pianist it's not really indicative of the album's overall tone. It and the following song, "Brand New Me," serve as sort of bridges between the more restrained Alicia of times past and the newly bold version. But even "Brand New Me" foreshadows the oncoming storm. For more, click the link to check out the full review of Alicia Keys' Girl on Fire.

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