Girl on Fire

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
After the release of The Element of Freedom, her fourth consecutive chart-topping and platinum studio release, Alicia Keys not only married Swizz Beatz and became a mother but stacked collaborations with Drake, Kanye West, Marsha Ambrosius, Jennifer Hudson, Emeli Sand?, and Miguel. The collaborative spirit continues all the way through Girl on Fire, an album sporting a list of around 20 co-composers and nearly a dozen co-producers. A small but significant portion of the album has Keys somewhere in the past, grappling with or sifting through a stifling relationship. That's the way the album begins, with the alternately reserved and cathartic ballad "Brand New Me," one of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
After the release of The Element of Freedom, her fourth consecutive chart-topping and platinum studio release, Alicia Keys not only married Swizz Beatz and became a mother but stacked collaborations with Drake, Kanye West, Marsha Ambrosius, Jennifer Hudson, Emeli Sandé, and Miguel. The collaborative spirit continues all the way through Girl on Fire, an album sporting a list of around 20 co-composers and nearly a dozen co-producers. A small but significant portion of the album has Keys somewhere in the past, grappling with or sifting through a stifling relationship. That's the way the album begins, with the alternately reserved and cathartic ballad "Brand New Me," one of three songs written with Sandé: "You look surprised your words don't burn me anymore." Two of the better songs, both of which feature assistance from John Legend, immediately follow and are closer to Keys' personal breakthrough. The first one, "When It's All Over," is a gushing testimonial over a dizzying Jamie xx co-production -- a clash between acoustic jazz, synth funk, and minimal techno that will either thrill or repel. "Listen to Your Heart," the second one, is mechanical yet plush and dials it back for Keys to embrace new love; it's one of Rodney Jerkins' unassuming yet stunning beats. After a pair of bombastic anthems -- including the oddly written "Girl on Fire," which has her "living in a world, and it's on fire," then "on top of the world" with "both feet on the ground" and "our head in the clouds" -- the album loses its grip. It hits a low with "Not Even the King," an obvious "love is worth more than money" ballad, and "That's When I Knew," a tender back-porch ballad presumably about Mr. Keys. (If the mind wanders, consider that the object of affection is the man behind hits such as "Money, Cash, Hoes" and "It's Me B*#@hes.") Once "101," the last listed track, fades out, a chaotic outro fades in and peaks with Keys screaming, in a celebratory and defiant manner, "Hallelujah -- kicked down the door!" It ends the first chapter of her new life with several exclamation points, but it's missing one. The album could have used some swift and uplifting neo-disco like "Million Dollar Bill" or "Everybody Needs Love," exceptional songs that Keys and her husband wrote and produced for Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2012
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886979418226
  • Catalog Number: 794182
  • Sales rank: 10,038

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 De Novo Adagio (Intro) (1:19)
  2. 2 Brand New Me (3:53)
  3. 3 When It's All Over (4:34)
  4. 4 Listen To Your Heart (3:46)
  5. 5 New Day (4:02)
  6. 6 Girl On Fire - Nicki Minaj (4:30)
  7. 7 Fire We Make (5:21)
  8. 8 Tears Always Win (3:59)
  9. 9 Not Even The King (3:07)
  10. 10 That's When I Knew (4:05)
  11. 11 Limitedless (3:57)
  12. 12 One Thing (4:08)
  13. 13 101 (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alicia Keys Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lenford Richards Electric Guitar
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar
Dylan Wissing Drums
Steve Mostyn Bass Guitar
Andre Brissett Keyboards
Jeff Bhasker Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Gary Clark Jr. Electric Guitar
Davide Rossi Strings
Bruno Mars Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
James Ho Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Phillip Lawrence Background Vocals
Billy Kraven Background Vocals
Amber Streeter Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Billy Squier Composer
Dr. Dre Composer, Producer
Salaam Remi Composer, Producer, drum programming
Rodney Jerkins drum programming
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Producer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Simon Henwood Logo Design, Layout
David Kutch Mastering
Will Botwin Management
Ann Mincieli Producer, Engineer
Swizz Beatz Arranger, Producer
David S. Blanco Layout
Alicia Keys Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Concept
Kasseem Dean Composer
John Stephens Composer
Andre Brissett Composer
Ken Lewis Engineer
Antonio Dixon Composer, Producer, drum programming
Jeff Bhasker Composer, Producer, drum programming
Erika Rose Management
Chad Jolley Vocal Engineer
Gary Clark Jr. Composer
Davide Rossi String Arrangements
Warren "Oak" Felder Composer, drum programming
Stacy Barthe Composer
Bruno Mars Composer
Ramon Rivas Engineer
Emile Haynie drum programming
Jamie Smith Producer, drum programming
James Ho Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Phillip Lawrence Composer
Emeli Sandé Composer
Val Brathwaite Engineer
Kenny Edmonds Composer
Onika Maraj Composer
Andrew "Pop" Wansel Composer, Producer, drum programming
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins Producer
Frank Ocean Composer
Trevor Lawrence Jr. Composer, drum programming
Amber Streeter Composer
Greg Morgan Sound Design
Oakwud Producer
Steffan McMillan Layout
D.J. Walton Management
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  • Posted December 8, 2012

    Awesome

    Love it awesome sound

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Not only a true lady, but a great artist as well!

    Not only a true lady, but a great artist as well!

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