Alicia Keys has been one of those artists whose singles are never a good indicator of how good her album is going to be. When she released In Common a few months back, it receive a side-eye from a lot of her fans. It wasn’t that it was a bad song, in fact the production was quite nice, but it didn’t seem to fit the type of artist she has been and there was just something off about it. A little too Drake? A little too pop? Whatever it was, we wondered if it would set the tone for the rest of the album.
Instead, most of Here is a beautiful collection of odes to hood life and people living life day to day and trying to make things just a little better for themselves and the ones they love. In many ways it reminded us of where she started with Songs In A Minor, a lot of great piano-led tracks and something that is just a little more elevated than the regular fare.
You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Keys released an amazing short film that uses the songs from the album as the soundtrack. The black and white visual shows moments out of the lives of different people living in the streets of New York and how they interact with the world around them. Short but poignant, we guarantee most people will see a bit of themselves somewhere in here.
HERE is now available from all outlets; In Common is only available on the deluxe edition of the album.