First Impressions: Alicia's Touch Of Class

Friday, October 30, 2009

Yeah, "Doesn't Mean Anything" is sort of a stinker and it didn't fool anyone with it's "No One" tendencies. Not even the questionable and snooze-fest of a music video could save it's existence, it just made it worse (that ugly CGI desert scene is the main culprit). So where does that leave Alicia Keys now? Is she to wallow in rehashes of past hits and mucky-muck music video concepts? Nope. She gets a little moodier and a bit more ambitious...thus we get "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart", which is actually quite refreshing upon first listen. Especially, when we consider the dreck that "Doesn't Mean Anything" is. Alicia Keys tightens up the ship for her second single, and dives into a electro-moody rock abyss and emerges anew. This song springs to mind the elements of what Prince's "The Beautiful Ones" contains, with a dash of 80's arena synth rock in the mix (I'm also feeling the structure of Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings"...or is that just me?). A very classy track, if I may say so. Alicia recently voiced that this song will "take you on an ascension" and that she has every desire to "take us higher" with this track. Well, my dear you've achieved that. The Element of Freedom will be in stores December 15th.


  1. she was bound to hit a slump. i have a feeling this album is going to be it.

  2. I wish there was some way I could write an entire album for Alicia Keys. It appears she doesn't choose or encourages whoever chooses her songs to, first and foremost, understand her audience.

    Hardly the Alicia Keys of Fallin' or A Woman's Worth.

  3. Yay! I'm not in the minority! I really love this song as it's new territory Alicia. If she kept doing the same old thing, it would get tired (hence the fact the first single is slumping).

    And yes, I deffo hear an sweeping 80's ballad feel. I really want to hear "Broken Wings" now that you mention it. One of the best 80's songs ever.


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