Girl on Fire

Girl on Fire

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by Alicia Keys
     
 

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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, JenniferSee more details below

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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:
0886979418226
catalogNumber:
794182
Rank:
3085

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alicia Keys   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lenford Richards   Electric Guitar
Babyface   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar
Dylan Wissing   Drums
Steve Mostyn   Bass Guitar
Andre Brissett   Keyboards
Jeff Bhasker   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Gary Clark   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
Babyface   Producer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Simon Henwood   Logo Design,Layout
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   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   Composer,drum programming
Amber Streeter   Composer
Greg Morgan   Sound Design
Oakwud   Producer
Steffan McMillan   Layout
D.J. Walton   Management

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