For the love of all things good and right, give one (1) listen to Alicia Keys’ new album “As I Am.” One listen, completely through. I can give you 3 reasons why this will be worth your while:
1.) Alicia Keys is writing standards – You will be hearing some of these songs in the future. Maybe your kid will sing one in a talent show. Maybe Keith Richards will cover it at a future Rolling Stones reunion show (we all know he can’t die.) You will definitely hear one of these songs in a movie in 2042, and it will be a throwback tune. These songs will stick.
2.) The songs defy genre. Do you still think Alicia Keys writes R&B songs? You dope. Don’t feel bad, she probably thinks she does too. She doesn’t. In fact, she writes songs the way Elton John wrote songs: simply, confidently, and with chord progressions so rock-solid they can be re-interpreted in any other genre and hold up nicely. Shine even.
3.) Some of these tunes actually hit you. There’s the girl-power anthemic tune “Superwoman,” and the hit single “No One” (who says radio is dead??). But they can’t touch songs like “…You’ll Never See Me Again.” This song knocked me out. When you get to it, and you will (it’s track 4, and immediately follows the previously mentioned tracks. Somehow the album doesn’t peak here…), be sure to listen. It’s the best advice you’ll get this year.