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Music Review: Alicia Keys - Here

Music Review: Alicia Keys - Here

Her last album was called Girl on Fire and Alicia is still red hot. This summer, the 15-time Grammy winner made headlines by choosing not to wear makeup at an awards show. On her sixth studio album, Keys continues to boldly speak out, tackling topics from the human condition to global politics on tough hip-hop tracks and spare acoustic ballads alike. She’s also released a companion short film titled The Gospel that deals with police brutality. That outspokenness is the backbone of confessional numbers like the dancehall-flavored “Girl Can’t Be Herself,” which focuses on issues of self-image, and “Blended Family (What You Do For Love),” a song inspired by her own experience as a mother of two with producer-husband Swizz Beatz. Elsewhere, Keys raps about poverty and sings about the need to seek love over hate and division. Soulful and uplifting, the powerful album finds the r&b diva in a distinctly global state of mind.

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