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Format: CD
Sku: 212929594
UPC: 886974657125
UPC 14: 00886974657125
Release Date: 12/15/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Element of Freedom [Intro], The ~ Alicia Keys
2. Love Is Blind ~ Alicia Keys
3. Doesn't Mean Anything ~ Alicia Keys
4. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart ~ Alicia Keys
5. Wait 'Til They See My Smile ~ Alicia Keys
6. That's How Strong My Love Is ~ Alicia Keys
7. Unthinkable (I'm Ready) ~ Alicia Keys
8. Love Is My Disease ~ Alicia Keys
9. Like The Sea ~ Alicia Keys
10. Put It in a Love Song ~ Alicia Keys
11. This Bed ~ Alicia Keys
12. Distance And Time ~ Alicia Keys
13. How It Feels To Fly ~ Alicia Keys
14. Empire State of Mind, Pt. 2: Broken Down ~ Alicia Keys

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Conway Studios, LA; Oven Studios, NY; Strawberrybee Studios, NY.
Muze PNote Photographer: Yu Tsai .
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Alicia Keys

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Beyonce
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Alicia Keys - The Element Of Freedom - CD Review
By: Matthew Milam Reviews
Published on: 1/26/2010 10:47 AM
The first thing that I thought about when I listened to Alicia Keys' fourth album, The Element Of Freedom, was whether she had been doing a mind-meld (in a creative sense) with Phil Collins (during his Both Sides period). This connection, however odd it may be, is simply because she seems to be going further into her emotions and willing to describe the complicated grey area that is love. There are a couple of attempts at being cheerful in this complication with "Doesn't Mean Anything" and "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart", but songs like "Love Is Blind" and "Love Is My Disease" seem to forgo the cutesy melody and allow Keys to express her herself and let her voice shine the full review


Grammy (2009)
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Winner, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

People's Choice (2009)
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Winner, Favorite R&B Song

Grammy (2008)
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Winner, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Video Award Name Alicia Keys et, al., Winner, Best R&B Song

Grammy (2005)
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Winner, Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Winner, Best R&B Album

MTV Award (2005)
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Winner, Best R&B Video

People's Choice (2005)
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Winner, Favorite Female Singer

Grammy (2005)
Video Award Name Alicia Keys et, al., Winner, Best R&B Song
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Usher, Winner, Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group

MTV Award (2004)
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Winner, Best R&B Video

MTV Award (2001)
Video Award Name Alicia Keys, Winner, Best New Artist

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Totally R&b
Muze Music Compilations Confessions (Special Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Djin Djin
Muze Music Compilations Backyardigans:born To Play
Muze Music Compilations Quantum Of Solace
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3
Muze Music Compilations Sex And The City 2 (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Thank Me Later
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One
Muze Music Compilations Coleccion Definitiva
Muze Music Compilations Coleccion Definitiva
Muze Music Compilations 12 12 12:Concert For Sandy Relief
Muze Music Compilations Essential Nas(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Nas
Muze Music Compilations Amazing Spider Man 2 (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Amazing Spider Man 2 (ost)
Muze Music Compilations GOD'S SON(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations So Amazing:all Star Tribute To Luther
Muze Music Compilations ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS(Explicit Version)

Associated Artists and Works

Arneson, Mark
Eve (Rap)
White, Jack
White, Jack (White Stripes)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/14/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697465712
Music Label Name Label : J Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886974657125

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-


Alicia Keys
Alicia 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.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Keys,Alicia
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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