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The Element Of Freedom

14 Dec 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 11 Dec 2009
  • Release Date: 11 Dec 2009
  • Label: J Records
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  • Total Length: 52:54
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  • ASIN: B002Y4QFAE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 794 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's All About The Voice 14 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
There are some good songs and just as many fine performances
on Alicia Keys' new album 'The Element Of Freedom'. (Which is
not to say it's flawless). Her 2007 release 'As I Am' pressed
all the right buttons - my heart still goes all-a-flutter every
time I hear 'Superwoman'! It was a suberbly fervent recording.

'TEOF' deepens and darkens the formula somewhat without losing
what is most important. The Voice. What a wonderful voice it is!

Listen to 'Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart' for evidence of an
artist playing at the absolute top of her game. Co-written with
Jeff Bhasker it is one of the finest songs in her career so-far.
The big drum sound works magically well with the ecstatic melody.

'That's How Strong My Love Is' is as sweet as a peach.
The warm, breathy vocal is swept along by Ms Keys'
not insignificant keyboard skills until it reaches its
harmonically complex and soulfully climactic ending.

'Doesn't Mean Anything' is a lovely song too but would have
been even more impressive had 'No One' not previously seen the
light of day. Musical cousins a tad too similar for comfort.

Ms Knowles seems to be popping up everywhere these days.
Here she is once again duetting on 'Put It In A Love Song'.
It is perhaps the album's weakest composition. Two Divas in
the same tent doesn't necessarily make for a better circus!

'This Bed' is a light and airy piece of pure blissed-out pop.

'How It Feels To Fly' is the album's warm beating heart.
A stunning song performed with fearless technique and real passion.
The gospel chorus in the final bars is truly uplifting.

A solidly enjoyable album.

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After hearing this album a couple of times you can determine a balance of vulnerability, strength, and love captured throughout the progression of Key's fourth album. This was written during a time of intense personal struggle for the New York City songstress, and her pain is evident throughout Freedom. Almost completely lacking in some of the more upbeat cuts that buoyed her last album As I Am (Teenage Love Affair for example), Freedom is often little more than Keys, a piano, some minimal backing and her extraordinary voice, making the album the least immediately accessible of her career. This is an album that does not immediately grab you. Instead, it requires some patience, demands the listener put in some work too, but those who are willing to follow Keys' will find their effort well rewarded.

1. The Element of Freedom (Intro)

Alicia Keys does spoken word for the opening of her album.

2. Love Is Blind

Sometimes you can see the effects of loves strong hold. "Love is Blind" is the opening track that sets the bar for a soulful, powerful and lyrical album. Alicia harmonizes with background vocals and bass driven drums. Great way to start off an album.

3. Doesn't Mean Anything

"Doesn't Mean Anything" is the 1st single of off The Elements of Freedom. This track tells the tale of realizing that all your dreams mean nothing without anyone to share it with. Classic A. Keys is written all over this track.

4. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

You have to let the pass go and move on with you life. "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" is a smooth mid-tempo track with drums and electric keyboards. The drums provide the foundation of an edgy and sultry joint.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Smash Hits, but ... 8 Jan 2012
By Nimi
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I fell in love with 'Doesn't mean anything' and 'Try sleeping with a broken heart', when I first heard them on the radio. After the release of 'Empire state of mind' I was totally convinced that such good songs would lead to an amazing album. So I ordered it immediately !

When I first listened to the album I caught myself skipping the 'album fillers'. They gave me a déjà vu feeling ...
Even after listening to the whole album for several times, I still wasn't fully convinced.

The hits are incredible, but the fillers made me rate this one only with 3 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alicia Keys' best album to date 1 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
Alicia Keys has shown promise since she released her first album "Songs In A Minor" to critical acclaim back in 2001. "The Element Of Freedom" is her fourth album and is her most accomplished and mature. It has a polished feel to it, being consistently good throughout. She sticks to her usual formula of pop/R&B and piano led ballads, but there are quite a few pleasant surprises added to the mix too.

One of those is the highlight of the album, "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart", which is flawless and is now one of my favorite songs of all time. It is beautifully crafted with a great melody, catchy verses and chorus, great lyrics and a heartfelt piano led bridge - a true masterpiece. Another great choice of song is "Love Is My Disease" with a strong reggae influence to it. The other stand out songs are all piano led ballads: lead single "Doesn't Mean Anything", "That's How Strong My Love Is", "Distance In Time" and "How It Feels To Fly" which has a nice gospel choir singing towards the end of the tune. The funkier R&B tracks such as "Love Is Blind", the single "Unthinkable" and "This Bed" are all pleasantly catchy, adding to the album's diversity in styles. There are no particular weak tracks here which is great, my least favorite being the duet with Beyonce, "Put It In A Love Song", as it feels a little out of place and gimmicky but is catchy nonetheless.

I am very pleased with "The Element Of Freedom" as it shows how much Alicia Keys has grown as an artist in the past few years and gives an indication of what to expect from her in the future which is quite exciting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars recommended, thank you
item as described, quick delivery, recommended, thank you!!
Published 1 day ago by Debra Hercules
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely cd very chilling
Published 11 days ago by adrienne
4.0 out of 5 stars First experience of AK
Bought purely because of the "New York" track, but very pleased with the whole album (after I played it a few times).
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Hamblin
2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
The Element of Freedom (Audio CD)

I had not heard any of Alicia Keys other albums and I bought this CD solely on the strength of Empire State of Mind Part II, Broken... Read more
Published 1 month ago by superbike999
5.0 out of 5 stars Alicia Keys
Bought CD as a birthday present for someone who liked the song New York.
Fast delivery as always no issues
Published 2 months ago by purchaser
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I was lent this album by a friend, I loved it so had to get my own copy, Alicia never disappoints.
Published 3 months ago by Frances White
4.0 out of 5 stars Voice like melted chocolate
I am big fan of Alicia Keys and loved the majority of the tracks on the album. Good value for money.
Published 4 months ago by Chrissy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I was completely happy and satisfied with the product. The product is everything I imagined and I was pleased with the price and packaging. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars alicia
this is a really good listen, I have only heard a few of her songs but really liked the whole c d was pleased I decided to order
Published 9 months ago by andrea hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Element of freedom Alicia Keys
This C.D. was purchased as a birthday gift for a friend, who as far as I know was very pleased with it.
Published 10 months ago by Fraser Bear
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