Alicia Keys Anticipated Album Is Out!

Alicia Keys has plenty of kindly, uplifting advice on “Alicia,” her seventh studio album. “Once you free your mind/There is beauty in everything,” she sings in “Time Machine.” In “Authors of Forever,” she counsels, “We’re all in this boat together/And we’re sailing towards the future/and it’s all right.”

She dedicates two songs, “Underdog” and “Good Job,” to hard-working everyday people, closing the album with lyrics that clearly apply to frontline workers during the pandemic: “The world needs you now/Know that you matter.”

The album also reveals misgivings, recriminations and regrets alongside Keys’s undiminished musicality. For each of her albums — as announced in titles like “The Diary of Alicia Keys” (2003), “As I Am” (2007) and “Here” (2016) — Keys, 39, has insisted she is revealing herself further.

In recent years, she has often appeared in public without makeup, refusing to glamorize herself.

“Alicia” arrives in the wake of her memoir, “More Myself,” published in March. In her book, Keys describes herself as an artist whose determination to make her own way has meant overcoming her instinct to please others.

“I am strong and fierce and brave, no doubt,” she wrote. “Yet I’m also someone who has found myself on the bathroom floor, boohooing and feeling vulnerable.”

Aspiration, self-esteem and strength, especially women’s strength, have been central messages for Keys in hits like “Superwoman” and “Girl on Fire.”

In her songs and TV stints — lately as a coach on the “The Voice” and the poised host of the 2019 and 2020 Grammy Awards — Keys has defined herself as a benevolent big sist
Alicia Keys has plenty of kindly, uplifting advice on “Alicia,” her seventh studio album. “Once you free your mind/There is beauty in everything,” she sings in “Time Machine.” In “Authors of Forever,” she counsels, “We’re all in this boat together/And we’re sailing towards the future/and it’s all right.” She dedicates two songs, “Underdog” and “Good Job,” to hard-working everyday people, closing the album with lyrics that clearly apply to frontline workers during the pandemic: “The world needs you now/Know that you matter.”

The album also reveals misgivings, recriminations and regrets alongside Keys’s undiminished musicality. For each of her albums — as announced in titles like “The Diary of Alicia Keys” (2003), “As I Am” (2007) and “Here” (2016) — Keys, 39, has insisted she is revealing herself further.

In recent years, she has often appeared in public without makeup, refusing to glamorize herself.

“Alicia” arrives in the wake of her memoir, “More Myself,” published in March. In her book, Keys describes herself as an artist whose determination to make her own way has meant overcoming her instinct to please others. “I am strong and fierce and brave, no doubt,” she wrote. “Yet I’m also someone who has found myself on the bathroom floor, boohooing and feeling vulnerable.”

Aspiration, self-esteem and strength, especially women’s strength, have been central messages for Keys in hits like “Superwoman” and “Girl on Fire.” In her songs and TV stints — lately as a coach on the “The Voice” and the poised host of the 2019 and 2020 Grammy Awards — Keys has defined herself as a benevolent big sister and an earth mother with a social conscience.

In 2001, when she emerged as a 20-year-old prodigy who was equally grounded in classical piano and vintage soul, she sang about the ups and downs of romance, but she also took note of “A Woman’s Worth.”

She was only on her second album when she co-founded the nonprofit Keep a Child Alive, which supports medical care in Africa and India, back in 2003.er and an earth mother with a social conscience.

In 2001, when she emerged as a 20-year-old prodigy who was equally grounded in classical piano and vintage soul, she sang about the ups and downs of romance, but she also took note of “A Woman’s Worth.” She was only on her second album when she co-founded the nonprofit Keep a Child Alive, which supports medical care in Africa and India, back in 2003.

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