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The Element of Freedom

Alicia KeysAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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listen  1. The Element Of Freedom (Intro)Alicia Keys0:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Love Is BlindAlicia Keys 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Doesn't Mean AnythingAlicia Keys 4:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Try Sleeping with a Broken HeartAlicia Keys 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Wait Til You See My SmileAlicia Keys 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. That's How Strong My Love IsAlicia Keys 4:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)Alicia Keys 4:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Love Is My DiseaseAlicia Keys 4:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Like The SeaAlicia Keys 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Put It In A Love SongAlicia Keys feat. Beyoncé Knowles 3:15$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. This BedAlicia Keys 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Distance And TimeAlicia Keys 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. How It Feels To FlyAlicia Keys 4:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken DownAlicia Keys 3:36$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (December 15, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: December 15, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B002R0F3Q2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release, the fourth album from the 12-time Grammy Award winning Pop/R&B diva. The album was produced by Alicia, Kerry Krucial Brothers and Jeff Bhasker and includes the singles 'Doesn't Mean Anything' and 'Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart'. Alicia has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and over 6.7 million digital tracks in the U.S. alone. Elements Of Freedom is yet another big step forward for Alicia. With each album, she has grown as an artist and performer and has achieved commercial success that has lifted her to 'Superstar' status.

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Element Of Freedom....Indeed December 17, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was a bit apprehensive with the new album when I heard and saw the video for the first single "Doesn't Mean Anything". It just seemed like it went on and on, and it got boring afterwhile. Then my interest was peaked a bit when the second single "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" was released; I didn't care for the video all too much but it was different than her other singles. So when the day came that it finally came out, I figure why not get it (or someone get it for me).
Alicia Keys has never let me down with previous albums, despite the inconsistencies on each album. I put the album in and I haven't stop playing it since.
For starters, she actually put an intro, and it makes sense and its pretty deep given its short.
Then it continues into "Love Is blind" which I really really love because it's not her usual sound and register, I almost thought it was somebody else. The lyrics are 'take 'em or leave 'em' but the music and the production is so addictive, you're jamming anyway.
By the time "Doesn't Mean Anything" came around, it made sense where it was and it was less obnoxious after hearing "Love Is Blind".
Although, I cringe when artists put all there singles in chronological order on the album, it didn't bother me much when the song was followed by the 2nd single "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart".
There are slight weak moments: "Wait Til You See Smile" is one of those light, fluffy records on the album that teeter between fluff and filler. But I will give Alicia credit for putting those light, airy songs between heavy hitting moments on the album.
My two all-time favorites on the album, three if you include "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart", are That's How Strong My Love Is" & "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)".
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Par with the first, Better than her last Album December 17, 2009
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Alicia Key's "The Element of Freedom" is on par with her first and second albums. It is outstanding. This is the Alicia you remember from her earlier work, not the screaming Aretha Franklin Alicia, which I find nothing wrong with, but if you loved her "Butterfly" "Diary" "Fallen" "Mr. Man" voice, you will love this album. It is a preferance. She doesn't belch out hig notes as much, its just sweet and humble. Almost every song on this album has single potential. Except for the track with her and Beyonce, each track is crafted beautifully. I Love "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart" but check out "Unthinkable" which is sleeper hit. I complete disagree with one of the reviewers who hated, "Empire State of Mind 2" because it sounds even better. Pick this album up, its worth it, best work in 6 years, I love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alicia Keys evolves.... January 7, 2010
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First off let me say that I really respect and appreciate Alicia Keys as an artist and I have been a true fan from the beginning. I love that all her albums reflect real life and touch your inner most emotions with such a soulful voice. The album Element of Freedom is no different. Her 1st non musical Intro is so short but yet so powerful! Some tracks have a different sound, like "Love is Blind" and "This Bed" and it's obvious that she is evolving as a woman and an artist. My favorites are "Put it in a Love Song", "Un-thinkable(I'm Ready)", "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart", "Empire State of Mind II", "Wait Til You See My Smile", "Like the Sea", "Distance and Time", "How it Feels to Fly"...Ok, wow let me stop cuz that's most of the album! Anyway, I do love this album and haven't put it down yet. And no, it's not my favorite album from her (cuz that would be "Diary"), but I still love it anyway cuz it's Alicia Keys expressing her personal trials and tribulations while growing into her own skin. Not everyone can express their life's ups and downs through songs, but Alicia always sings straight from the heart and you can't help but to respect that.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars LACKS THE SPARK...... December 27, 2009
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All pretty enough songs that ultimatley run together and fade into vanilla boringness. Absolutely nothing in this album stood out and it all sounded the same. The sounds weren't even that catchy let alone original. Seriously, when you have to write a song about texting, you know you have hit a creative low! Our culture really is devolving if this is all our best musicians can come up with. Don't get me wrong. I think, or thought, Alicia Keys is brilliant and I was stunned by some of her previous work. I also thought she was a little less commercial. I guess one can't be expected to kick out perfection in every work, but this album was really about satisfying the record company and putting out music for the sake of production. Maybe nextime!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Element of Freedom - Empire Edition December 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Alicia Keys is a music artist I've followed since her debut and thus far she has not disappointed me. With her previous release, AS I AM, Alicia dabbled in a kind of throwback '70s pop/soul sound that worked on some tracks and didn't on others. Overall I thought it was a great concept album and enjoyed the music.

For this album I'd hoped that she would have a greater balance between soulful tunes vs pop tunes but this collection is an ecclectic mix of tracks that stray even farther away from the soul songstress we were introduced to with her debut SIAM. It's not a bad thing because as a fan of music I love to see someone grow with each album and try different sounds especially when that artist has such a strong sense of direction and musicality as Alicia.

I got my copy last night and after only 1 listen immediately fell in love with 7 songs:

UNTHINKABLE (I'M READY) - this is a slow grinder featuring Drake on background vocals. I love the beats & she sounds incredible;

THIS BED - another homage to the inimitable Prince. This is a very catchy midtempo track reminiscent of an '80s Prince track;

THAT'S HOW STRONG MY LOVE IS - melodically pretty track with gorgeous lyrics;

HOW IT FEELS TO FLY - another melodically pretty track featuring a choir during the ending chorus;

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND - PT II (BROKEN DOWN) - really nice stripped down version of her hit duet with Jay-Z; the last two are the bonus tracks:

LOVER MAN - a grinder/sexy track & WE'RE ALMOST THERE - production reminds me of an old school Jackson 5 mashed with Marvin Gaye track, vocally she sounds great on this one.
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Addicted to "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)"
I absolutely agree with you. That is my favorite track on the album. I feel that the beat itself is special and Alicia's voice is so sweet and she sings with such powerful emotion and passion. Everytime I listen to it I feel like I'm being snatched away somewhere to a peaceful state of mind.
Jan 13, 2010 by EnCore |  See all 11 posts
Track lisiting
i cannot wait to hear the beyonce duet!! ahhh ive been waiting for this! 2 of <y favorite singers! together! yay! now i need mariah and beyonce!! together! lol
Nov 30, 2009 by Humberto Jacobo |  See all 5 posts
Now that's more like it!
I don't like either lol. This one is better, but the dress with the feathers don't look good. A different dress would've looked better IMO.
Dec 2, 2009 by Gabriel Santistevan |  See all 6 posts
How it Feels to Fly background singers (Livre)
They are A-MA-ZING! I've dreamed of being a background singer. Blending with other people and creating lush, supporting chords is such a rush.
Dec 25, 2009 by LuKasAV6 |  See all 2 posts
empire state of mine part 2 unplugged
not on CD. IF You buy the Deluxe CD/DVD at Target, A Live acoustic version is on DVD

Or if you're buying the Album on iTunes, the Deluxe edition's videos are also Target's DVD

See my form here below entitled "Track Listing" for more details
Dec 12, 2009 by I'm hungry. feed me |  See all 2 posts
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