The Element Of Freedom
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The Element Of Freedom

December 15, 2009

  Song Title Artist
The Element Of Freedom (Intro) [Clean] Alicia Keys
Love Is Blind [Clean] Alicia Keys
Doesn't Mean Anything [Clean] Alicia Keys
Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart [Clean] Alicia Keys
Wait Til You See My Smile Alicia Keys
That's How Strong My Love Is [Clean] Alicia Keys
Un-thinkable (I'm Ready) Alicia Keys
Love Is My Disease Alicia Keys
Like The Sea [Clean] Alicia Keys
Put It In A Love Song [Clean] Alicia Keys feat. Beyoncé Knowles
This Bed Alicia Keys
Distance And Time Alicia Keys
How It Feels To Fly [Clean] Alicia Keys
Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down Alicia Keys

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 11, 2009
  • Release Date: December 11, 2009
  • Label: J Records
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  • Total Length: 52:54
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  • ASIN: B002Y5210G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,401 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Element Of Freedom....Indeed December 17, 2009
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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 11 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never misses a beat! December 15, 2009
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On studio album #4, Alicia Keys stretches herself even more, vocally and musically. She uses that higher/strained-sounding register she introduced on her last album (especially on a song like "No one"), as well as huskier, Rockier sounding tones. Lyrically, there seems to be a theme of pain and longing caused by love.

The result is a rather eclectic sounding album, very pleasing to the ears. She sounds virtually unrecognisable on the opening Rock-tinged ballad "Love is blind" (with awesome harmonies and an impassioned fiery delivery from Keys), my absolute favourite song. The single "Doesn't mean anything" reminds one of the afore mentioned "No one" (same thumping beats and feel), while "Try sleeping with a broken heart" is simply beautiful with feathery vocals offset by thundering beats, and a nice piano coda.

Everything stands out really; "Wait til you see my smile" (with marching beats and soulful harmonies), the beautiful piano ballad "That's how strong my love is" (reminds me of "Tender love" by Force MDs), the melancholic soul of "Un-thinkable (I'm ready)", the Reggae-tinged "Love is my disease", the cascading piano-sprinkled "Like the sea" (with a classical overture, and interesting synth flourishes), the sunny sounding "This bed" (on which she pines for her lover), the soulful ballad "Distance and time", and the Retro Soul of "How it feels to fly".

Closing is a drastic makeover of her hit with Jay-Z, "Empire state of mind (Part II) Broken down", a very soulful Jazzy piano ballad with just Keys vocals. The lone song I don't quite get is the contemporary R&B dance song "Put It In A Love Song" featuring Beyoncé, and which can best be described as "Single ladies part II".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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For me its hard to pick a favorite Alicia Keys album. Not because each album is great but because all of them are different. "Songs In A Minor" was an introduction to who she is. "Diary of Alicia Keys" gave us more of her personal side. "As I Am" was a statement album. With her latest "The Element of Freedom", Ms. Keys continues her climb to superstardom.

The joy of this album occurs in the first 6 songs. Alicia Keys opens with "Love Is Blind" which has a very seductive beat. She follows that up with her first single "Dosent Mean Anything"."Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" is a good mid-tempo track. This is followed by two ballads "Wait Til' You See My Smile" & "That's How Strong My Love Is". After that the album loses some of its flavor with "Un-Thinkable, Love Is My Disease & Like The Sea". It drops even lower by time you get to "This Bed". And it hits rock bottom by the time you get to the highly anticipated Beyonce duet,"Put It In A Love Song". Even through all the ups and downs, the saving grace of this album is "Empire State Of Mind (Part II)". With just her and a piano for most of the song, she took one hot hook and made it a whole song.

Alicia Keys is a major player in the R & B game. She went from being that piano playing, light-skinned girl with the braids to one of the most successful artist of this generation. She brings something new everytime she drops an album. Her talent is so different from Beyonce & Keyshia Cole. This dosent make her better than them just on another playing field. And now "Element of Freedom" is Alicia's most musical album to date. She experiments with so many different sounds we are not use to hearing. Her voice is as powerful as ever, choosing to rely more on vocals than instruments to carry the album. This is not a perfect album, but it is another good listen by a person who was born to make music.
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What can't this women sing or do???? She is just so smooth and youthful with her song. I love her look and voice.
Published 3 months ago by Marie Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT JOB!
Alicia Keys says it when you can't. I am an absolute fan of her albums. She has a powerful voice and a very soothing effect to anyone who has experienced love. GREAT ALBUM!
Published 4 months ago by honeybee2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Late
This is a gift and was delayed..I buy a lot from amazon and I think the shipping for the most part is good but I hate that it had to be a gift that was late
Published 7 months ago by mz.birf
5.0 out of 5 stars WHATTA VOICE!
This CD of Alicia Keys is really incredible! The tunes flow and ebb, but never wind up sounding homogenous.
Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Element of Freedom
Alicia Keyes continues to deliver and her music is expanding in many directions. A true talent and a joy to listen to!
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