GIRL ON FIRE
Even with, or perhaps despite, a cast of collaborators, including Nicky Minaj and Maxwell, the fifth studio album from Alicia Keys is decidedly low key.
Perhaps, it is because it doesn't have any obvious hits aside from the title track, which starts off interestingly enough but gets clobbered by a pedestrian beat that overshadows an atypical soaring vocal line.
Keys has heralded the album as her most intimate and the self-empowering Brand New Me certainly makes a statement but lyrically, even on the musically appealing tender slow jam Fire We Make, there's no real depth or insight.
Keys is certainly trying to broaden her horizons but there's only so far you can go with skin deep.
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