Alicia Keys - ALICIA
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2020 Ratings: #389 / 669
User Score
Based on 192 ratings
2020 Ratings: #926
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September 18, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Re-iterating and celebrating the singer’s identity without a care for the all-too-common pressures on late-career female musicians, Alicia offers its listeners with the ultimate microcosm of the singer’s discography thus far, re-positioning Keys as a force to be reckoned in today’s musical landscape.

80
NME

This politically engaged seventh album plays to the singer's strengths, exuding warmth and cautious optimism, with an emphasis on her masterful balladry.

80
The Arts Desk

All told, it’s a fine album which balances hyper mainstream appeal with some very interesting diversions, but it raises the nagging question of what a Keys album where she drops the showbiz and kicks out the jams the whole way through would sound like.

80
The Independent

Keys demonstrates her remarkable gift for classic soul-indebted melody through some stranger – and certainly more eclectic – sounds than she’s tried before.

80
musicOMH

Keys has pitched this album as genreless and, although the sonics are manifold – reggae, R&B, funk and even country – you get the sense that Keys has her eyes more on the narrative.

80
Mojo

The woman with a piano sample-library named for her barely tickles the ivories here, instead relying on her exquisitely malleable voice, slickly inventive production tics, and and winning vocal support.

70
Slant Magazine

That Alicia is at once her most accessible and forward-minded album in years seems fitting for an artist who, until recently, has made a career out of playing things straight down the middle.

70
Clash

‘ALICIA’ is an impressive record to her career and her return to music. A perfectly balanced album that matches her newfound vibe as a woman ready to tell her truth.

70
Rolling Stone

She says her seventh album is her most authentic and personal to date, but for many listeners, its openness will be familiar.

60
AllMusic

Even with the R&B-leaning roster of guests -- Jill Scott and Snoh Aalegra are also on board -- Alicia is Keys' most moderate work, seemingly hedged with an objective to appeal to as many listeners as possible.

60
The Observer
Some fine collaborations enliven the soul singer’s most personal set so far.
grayola
55
At this point, Alicia Keys feels like a guidance counselor in a never-ending musical about lifting others up and getting up after you’re knocked down. I’ve seen this movie.
Saucelord777
47
When you order Lianne La Havas’s self titled off wish
fkasean
39
this isn't necessarily an awful album on a technical level but in personality it's a nonentity and i forgot i was listening during maybe 13 of the songs after being distracted by things with slightly more character like the way my fan oscillated
Maqtheus
52
Em seu mais novo álbum, Alicia Keys entrega um material mediano em relação a produção e conteúdo lírico, destacando nada além da ótima afinação da artista que resultou em canções insuficientemente pouco desenvolvidas acerca do que é explorado ao longo de um dos álbuns mais desperdiçados do ano.
N0stalgia
44
The new self titled Alicia Keys album sounds like a series of very polished, yet still unremarkably skeletal first drafts of generic contemporary R&B tracks that are guaranteed to give you déjà vu from just how original they sound.
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Track List

  1. Truth Without Love
  2. Time Machine
  3. Authors of Forever
  4. Wasted Energy (feat. Diamond Platinumz)
  5. Underdog
  6. 3 Hour Drive (feat. Sampha)
  7. Me x 7 (feat. Tierra Whack)
  8. Show Me Love (feat. Miguel)
  9. So Done (feat. Khalid)
  10. Gramercy Park
  11. Love Looks Better
  12. You Save Me (feat. Snoh Aalegra)
  13. Jill Scott (feat. Jill Scott)
  14. Perfect Way to Die
  15. Good Job
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