On the new album “Keys,” American superstar Alicia Keys navigates between jazz bar and R&B club, between modern pop and its roots. If you want to listen to the New Yorker’s eighth studio album, you should save a lot of time: it consists of 26 songs – original versions and remixes, which Keys calls the “unlocked” versions. The simplicity and elegance of the songs on “Keys” are reminiscent of a smokey piano bar where you can enjoy the evening with a glass of whiskey. “The album is like coming home, it takes me back to my beginnings and my roots,” Keys himself says.
The six-minute long “Is It Insane” begins with a whispered “Turn my mic on,” after which Keys sings in Ella Fitzgerald style, accompanied almost exclusively by piano. On the “Unlocked” version, the cool jazz song is solidified with a light R’n’B beat, setting the tone for the remastered portion of the album. Switches are changed between the pub and R’n’B Club. Songs like “Dead End” or “Nat King Cole” are positive and encourage independent living.
The singer unleashes the music on her album. She describes the double load of blues, jazz and soul as a “vision.” She wants to invite her fans to the “world of keys”. “It’s classy, cool and a bit overrated. It should encourage us all to be our best self.”
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