Sunday, July 01, 2012

Alicia Keys Drops B'Day-Inspired Club Banger


Working with Beyoncé on "Put It In A Love Song" obviously rubbed off on Alicia Keys because her new single sounds like a cut from Queen B's game-changing B'Day album. I know that sounds like shade but it's not. I love the upbeat, percussion-heavy R&B sound that Bey's 2006 opus introduced to the masses and "New Day" (below) is one of the best songs to derive inspiration from that sound. Produced by AK's husband Swizz Beatz, the slick club-banger represents a radical change of pace from the gentle Element Of Freedom era. Alicia pulls off the transformation from soulful songstress to club doyenne effortlessly and tears up the vocal like only she can. I love the drum-heavy production and that chorus is a total grower. Give it a couple of listens and you'll be hooked! I'm almost disappointed that this isn't the lead single from the R&B icon's new album. If she has better tunes than this in the can, we're in for something really special.

4 comments:

Me said...

It reminds me more of Nelly Furtados stunning Big Hoops than anything on BORE

backyard hangout said...

much stronger than the furtado

Matt said...

what happened to her? this is kinda fun!

Anonymous said...

when the fuck is the video for 'put it in a love song' coming out