Alicia Keys’ New CD: Worth It?

Grammy-award winning singer Alicia Keys released her first album in three years, “Girl on Fire,” Tuesday. As of late, Keys has celebrated considerable life changes, including the birth of her first son Egypt, now 2, and marriage to hip-hop music producer Swizz Beatz. These changes have transferred into her style and her music, most visibly through her new, sleek bob haircut and the album’s heavy dose of triumphant ballads, including the leading single “Girl on Fire.” Keys looks to contemporary artists like Frank Ocean, Miguel, and Bruno Mars for album collaborations to add a modernization to her classic R&B sound. Some critics praise the album’s fiery sounds, while others claim Girl on Fire has yet to ignite.

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