With Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys released an uneven fifth album!

With Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys released an uneven fifth album!

Between her collaboration with Reebok, her association Keep A Child Alive, a marriage and a baby, Alicia Keys still finds time to make music and released her fifth album, Girl On Fire in November 2012. The New York diva kept us waiting three years after the release of The Element Of Freedom and the important promotion around the album has only strengthened the curiosity of the fans...


The album starts with a nice piano's introduction, De novo adagio, to remind us that Alicia Keys is an outstanding pianist/arranger. The serious stuff starts with Brand New Me, a very melodious song that bodes very good for the rest of the album. When It's All Over is more groovy and not bad but it lacks that certain something that makes you shiver and travel. Listen To Your Heart and That's What I Knew are of the same ilk, they are good but we expect more of the diva! New Day, sounding more hip-hop is pretty good and catchy. And then comes the turn of Girl On Fire, THE hit of the album (as a proof, the song is available in countless remixes on the bonus tracks of the album and on the Internet) in the tradition of the great classics of Alicia. Voice, mood, melody, chorus, everything is perfect! That's it, we are in the mood and then boom, Fire We Make happens, a soul song featuring Maxwell of 5 minutes which seems at least 10 - we zap. On Tears Always Win and Not Even The King, Alicia's voice and piano are amazing. In two different styles, a pop song for the first one and a ballad for the second one, the songs are beautiful and catchy. But the next song Limitedless is a mid reggae - mid funk song that does not really fit the style of Alicia. The album ends with One Thing and 101, ballads supported by a piano melody that remind us that it is in this area that Alicia Keys is the best.

At the end, Alicia Keys' new album is below what we could expect, alternating good and less good. Some songs are excellent (Girl On Fire, Brand New Me, Tears Always win) while others do not really deserve their place on this Girl On Fire.

by Thomas