Thursday, September 06, 2012

Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire - Review


The R&B baton has been passed to Alicia Keys while Beyoncé works on her next game-changing masterpiece and she clearly means business. I thought buzz single "New Day" was a minor triumph but "Girl On Fire" is some next level shit. Released in three different formats (pared-back ballad, mid-tempo pop song and urban radio-friendly club banger), the Jeff Bhasker/Salaam Remi-produced anthem should usher in another record-breaking era for Alicia. It's that good.

I was completely obsessed with AK's last album but it lacked a killer lead single like "Fallin'" or "No One". That situation has been remedied. "Girl On Fire" has drawn criticism for dumbing down Alicia's sound but I think that's ridiculous. Sure, the song is a calculated attempt to win back the kids. So what? The woman is 31 years old. She should be making commercial music. If the poor bitch came back with a power ballad, the same critics would be whinging about her churning out the same old thing.

What I love about "Girl On Fire" - apart from the goosebump-inducing vocal, flawless production and haunting chorus - is the fact that it lifts your generic urban-pop hit from the gutter and transforms it into art. Take the Inferno version (below). It sounds like a slick hip-hop revision "Empire State Of Mind (Part 2)" and boasts the best rap Nicki Minaj has delivered since "Monster". Alicia's similarly titled album is now my most eagerly-awaited of 2012. Watch this explode.

10/10

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

This has me so pumped. Cannot wait for the video. Buying this song tonight. Idk why I waited so long tbh.

Anonymous said...

She's no Lady Gaga

Brad said...

I agree with anon. Alicia actually has talent.

Anonymous said...

where is the 'Put it in a Love song' music video though? :(

Mike said...

We're never gonna get that video. I have accepted this and moved on.

Matt said...

her best song in yrs!

Anonymous said...

prefer the version w/o nicki

@iamboigenius said...

'What I love about "Girl On Fire" is the fact that it lifts your generic urban-pop hit from the gutter and transforms it into art.' Perfect description!

Mike said...

Thanks! Means a lot coming from you :)

Anonymous said...

I am forced to listen to this fucking shit every fucking single day because my shitty radio station has it on the playlist.

This track is the worst utter shit I have ever heard ever!

Fuck you Alicia Keyes for releasing such utter crap!

I hope you die from cancer and soon please.