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    Default Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire

    online listen
    this is my first Alicia album
    pop r&b which is not my thing
    only firm like is Tears Always Win
    single is Girl On Fire which could grow but hasn't yet
    1.3 from me and a converted 2.1 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Girl On Fire

    released Nov 27th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    By mixing R&B with a sultry dose of neo-soul, Alicia Keys became an international star in 2001 with the
    release of her debut album. Songs in A Minor sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of
    availability and eventually moved over ten million units worldwide, thus setting the stage for the 20-
    year-old's long career. Although she shared the charts with R&B contemporaries like Destiny's Child, Keys'
    talent distinguished her as a different sort of diva, one who played a variety of instruments and penned
    the majority of her songs without outside help. The Diary of Alicia Keys cemented her popularity two years
    later, and Alicia Keys spent the rest of the decade refining her now-signature sound.

    Alicia Augello Cook was born in Harlem in early 1981. Raised by her Italian-American mother, she enrolled
    in classical piano lessons at the age of seven and began writing songs four years later. An education at
    the Professional Performance Arts School helped develop her vocal skills, and Alicia graduated at the age
    of 16 as the class valedictorian. Two Columbias loomed on the immediate horizon: Columbia University and
    Columbia Records, both of whom had extended offers to the talented student/musician. Although she
    attempted to make both options work, Alicia found it difficult to juggle the two commitments and chose to
    focus exclusively on her music career. Assuming the stage name of Alicia Keys, she began working with
    Columbia and contributed a song to the Men in Black soundtrack, but disputes with the label resulted in
    her contract's termination.

    Keys bounced back by aligning herself with Clive Davis, the president of Arista Records, but work on her
    debut album stalled when Davis was ousted from the company in 2000. Davis soon formed his own label, J
    Records, and welcomed Keys back into the fold with an aggressive publicity campaign (including an
    influential appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show). Songs in A Minor was then released in June 2001 and
    debuted at the top of the charts, eventually netting five Grammys and rising to platinum status in ten
    different countries. Released in 2003, The Diary of Alicia Keys enjoyed similar Grammy-certified success,
    and Keys released a book of poetry the following year.

    A live CD/DVD package, Unplugged, arrived in 2005 and followed Keys' two previous releases to the top of
    the charts, even if it failed to win any of the four Grammys for which it was nominated. She then entered
    the acting world, starring in both Smokin' Aces and The Nanny Diaries in 2007, before issuing the pop-
    influenced As I Am later that year. It became her fourth consecutive number one album, and she was
    nominated for another handful of Grammys as a result, with "Superwoman" winning the award for Best Female
    R&B Vocal Performance in early 2009. As the year drew to a close, Keys returned to the top of the
    Billboard charts with "Empire State of Mind," a Jay-Z single that featured her vocals, and released her
    fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom. Although it went platinum, The Element of Freedom didn't
    reach number one in the U.S., becoming her first album to miss the top slot. It did reach number one in
    the U.K., though, marking Keys' first chart-topping album in Europe and highlighting her status as a
    global artist.

    During the next two years, Keys married producer Swizz Beatz, gave birth to a son, collaborated with Eve
    on the single "Speechless," appeared somewhere in Kanye West's "All of the Lights," and went on a brief
    tour in celebration of her debut album's tenth anniversary. She wrote and, with her husband, co-produced
    "Angel" for Jennifer Hudson's I Remember Me. In 2012, she assisted Emeli Sandé (Our Version of Events) and
    Miguel (Kaleidoscope Dream) prior to releasing Girl on Fire, her fifth studio album. It was issued on RCA
    -- in the wake of J Records' dissolution -- that November and featured collaborations with her husband, as
    well as Sandé, Salaam Remi, Jeff Bhasker, Frank Ocean, and John Legend.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    After the release of The Element of Freedom, her fourth consecutive chart-topping and platinum studio
    release, Alicia Keys not only married Swizz Beatz and became a mother but stacked collaborations with
    Drake, Kanye West, Marsha Ambrosius, Jennifer Hudson, Emeli Sandé, and Miguel. The collaborative spirit
    continues all the way through Girl on Fire, an album sporting a list of around 20 co-composers and nearly
    a dozen co-producers. A small but significant portion of the album has Keys somewhere in the past,
    grappling with or sifting through a stifling relationship. That's the way the album begins, with the
    alternately reserved and cathartic ballad "Brand New Me," one of three songs written with Sandé: "You look
    surprised your words don't burn me anymore." Two of the better songs, both of which feature assistance
    from John Legend, immediately follow and are closer to Keys' personal breakthrough. The first one, "When
    It's All Over," is a gushing testimonial over a dizzying Jamie xx co-production -- a clash between
    acoustic jazz, synth funk, and minimal techno that will either thrill or repel. "Listen to Your Heart,"
    the second one, is mechanical yet plush and dials it back for Keys to embrace new love; it's one of Rodney
    Jerkins' unassuming yet stunning beats. After a pair of bombastic anthems -- including the oddly written
    "Girl on Fire," which has her "living in a world, and it's on fire," then "on top of the world" with "both
    feet on the ground" and "our head in the clouds" -- the album loses its grip. It hits a low with "Not Even
    the King," an obvious "love is worth more than money" ballad, and "That's When I Knew," a tender back-
    porch ballad presumably about Mr. Keys. (If the mind wanders, consider that the object of affection is the
    man behind hits such as "Money, Cash, Hoes" and "It's Me B*#@hes.") Once "101," the last listed track,
    fades out, a chaotic outro fades in and peaks with Keys screaming, in a celebratory and defiant manner,
    "Hallelujah -- kicked down the door!" It ends the first chapter of her new life with several exclamation
    points, but it's missing one. The album could have used some swift and uplifting neo-disco like "Million
    Dollar Bill" or "Everybody Needs Love," exceptional songs that Keys and her husband wrote and produced for
    Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson.

    Track Listing

    1. De Novo Adagio (Intro)
    2. Brand New Me
    3. When It's All Over
    4. Listen to Your Heart
    5. New Day
    6. Girl On Fire (Inferno Version) Feat. Nicki Minaj
    7. Fire We Make Feat. Maxwell
    8. Tears Always Win
    9. Not Even the King
    10. That's When I Knew
    11. Limitedless
    12. One Thing
    13. 101
    “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.”
    Will Rogers

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    only album of Alicia's i care for is her superb debut set "songs in A minor"

    it had none of tht stupid r&b crap on it...just good piano based pop/soul

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    Nice. Must listen to this.

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