Element Of Freedom CD (2009)

Artist: Alicia Keys

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Product Overview


Label J Records/sbme
SKU 212929594
UPC 886974657125
UPC 14 00886974657125
Format CD
Release Date 12/15/2009
Author Alicia Keys
Associated Artist/Work Arneson, Mark
Associated Artist/Work Eve (Rap)
Associated Artist/Work White, Jack
Associated Artist/Work White, Jack (White Stripes)
Technical Info
Producer Alicia Keys
CatalogID 88697465712
Lable Name J Records
Released 12/14/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 55s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886974657125
Musical Guests
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Conway Studios, LA; Oven Studios, NY; Strawberrybee Studios, NY.
Photographer: Yu Tsai .
Don't mistake the presence of Jay-Z and Beyonc? on Alicia Keys' fourth album as evidence that the singer/songwriter is burrowing into modern R&B -- take it instead as evidence of the rarefied company Keys keeps, her status as a superstar so solidified that the only cameos possible are R&B/hip-hop elite. Superstars are often given leeway to do anything they want, and so it is on The Element of Freedom, where Keys dials back the outward expansion of As I Am and turns inward, creating a clean, small-scale collection of ballads and Prince-inspired pop. Always apparent on Alicia's albums, that Prince influence is underscored by how she's swapped the retro-soul instrumentation of her earliest music for electronics, but she's retained the warmth, the throwback sensibility and, especially, a sense of reserve, never getting too heated or gauche. This does mean the Prince elements feel more NPG than Revolution, but Keys trademark always has been an easy elegance. On The Element of Freedom, that elegance is so easy it borders on the sleepy, with Keys' understatement undercutting livelier numbers -- chief among them the bubbly Beyonc? duet "Put It in a Love Song" -- so they play as ballads. This isn't a complaint so much as a characteristic: her voice may crack on "Love Is My Disease," but Keys never gets gritty, she remains reserved, never letting her singing or arrangements obscure the melodies or the classy veneer of the entire proceedings. All this determined detachment keeps The Element of Freedom from packing a primal, passionate punch, but there is charm in Alicia's enveloping, quiet cool: she may never break a sweat, but she knows how to sustain a sultry, not necessarily sexy, mood, and she does so here quite fetchingly. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.56) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The superb Prince homages, 'Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart' and 'This Bed,' are experiments that pay off big..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "[O]ver four albums she's established herself as an increasingly rare thing in pop music: the class act. It's made her a consistently gratifying artist..." -- Grade: A-
Artist Bio
Alicia KeysAlicia Keys helped redefine the term "overnight sensation" when her 2001 debut effort, Songs in A Minor, sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of release. Mixing R&B songcraft with a sultry dose of neo-soul, the album went on to move more than ten million units worldwide, officially establishing the young Alicia Keys (who was only 19 during the recording process) as an international star. Although she shared the charts with such R&B contemporaries as Destiny's Child, Keys' talents distinguished her as a different sort of diva, one who played a variety of instruments and penned the vast majority of her songs without outside help. The Diary of Alicia Keys solidified 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 hone 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 to work 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 platinum certifications 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. Alicia Keys 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.
Disc 1
1 Element of Freedom [Intro], The
2 Love Is Blind
3 Doesn't Mean Anything
4 Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
5 Wait 'Til They See My Smile
6 That's How Strong My Love Is
7 Unthinkable (I'm Ready)
8 Love Is My Disease
9 Like The Sea
10 Put It in a Love Song
11 This Bed
12 Distance And Time
13 How It Feels To Fly
14 Empire State of Mind, Pt. 2: Broken Down
Grammy (2009) Alicia Keys, Winner, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
People's Choice (2009) Alicia Keys, Winner, Favorite R&B Song
Grammy (2008) Alicia Keys, Winner, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance,Alicia Keys et, al., Winner, Best R&B Song
Grammy (2005) Alicia Keys, Winner, Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female,Alicia Keys, Winner, Best R&B Album,Alicia Keys et, al., Winner, Best R&B Song,Alicia Keys, Usher, Winner, Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
MTV Award (2005) Alicia Keys, Winner, Best R&B Video
People's Choice (2005) Alicia Keys, Winner, Favorite Female Singer
MTV Award (2004) Alicia Keys, Winner, Best R&B Video
MTV Award (2001) Alicia Keys, Winner, Best New Artist
Product Attributes
Artist Keys,Alicia
Music Format Compact Disc
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