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  • Vinyl (11 Dec. 2012)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0091LRZX4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,581 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Fifth studio album by the American artist. Featuring the singles 'Girl on Fire' and 'Brand New Life' and duets with Maxwell and Nicki Minaj, the follow up album to 2009's 'The Element of Freedom' has been well-received and critically-acclaimed.

BBC Review

The Alicia Keys we find on Girl on Fire is much removed from how we left her on 2009’s The Element of Freedom, a rumination on the death of her grandmother and the break-up of a relationship. For the first album of her 30s, Keys is now married (to producer-rapper Swizz Beatz) and the proud mother of a young son. And understandably, the record takes this as its centre.

For all its big beats and stellar collaborations (and there are many: Frank Ocean, Emile Sandé, Darkchild, Babyface and Salaam Remi to name a few), the core of the album is Keys’ remarkable voice and simple songwriting. The tone is set by the piano introduction, a sombre reflective piece, and then the defiant, nose-thumbing Brand New Me which makes Keys’ stance clear when she sings: “It’s been a while, I’m not who I was before.”

Girl on Fire is classic Keys at her most commercial. The beautiful, sensual Fire We Make, a duet with Maxwell, is all muted horns and synth bass, a textbook quiet storm. The more you hear this track, the deeper you fall in love with it. Tears Always Win, co-written by Bruno Mars, is a convincing soul/gospel pastiche, played with a small band.

Not Even the King, written with Sandé, is probably the key track. Shorn of all bangs and crashes, it is a straightforward piano ballad, and although exploring the well-worn analogy of how being rich in love is better than all the world’s money (“Your arms around me / Worth more than a Kingdom”), it is strangely and sweetly affecting.

The credits say that Girl on Fire was “conceptualised and produced” by Keys. When you look at other artists of a similar ilk, you know that she hasn’t just dropped in to record with the latest producer. As a result, Girl on Fire is a smart album, maintaining the high standards set on The Element of Freedom. It showcases her as a maturing performer and keeps her there or thereabouts alongside Beyoncé as the world’s leading contemporary stylist of mainstream RnB.

--Daryl Easlea

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After being rather disappointed with Element of Freedom (and when I say disappointed, I'm talking 8/10 as opposed to the usual 10/10 I give an AK album!) I was very apprehensive about getting this one because a lot of artists tend to drop off once they start reaching they're 4th / 5th albums...not mentioning any names (usher)...but anyway...ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS!!

I think this one does still (just slightly) sit behind A Minor & Diary, but the snippet of soul (Fire We Make), touch of musical genius (Least I Got to Love You), girl power anthem (Girl on Fire), lyrical inspiration (Brand New Me), beautiful melodies (Not Even the King / One Thing) and the token R&B Reggae track with a bassline that your blow your neighbours' mind (Limitedless) mean that this album will certainly be listened to for years to come! Each track is easygoing enough for everyone to like but without lacking the depth that makes this a credible piece of musical work! Thanks Alicia!!!
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Alicia Keys has once again taken her time to write new material and has let three years pass before releasing her fifth studio album "Girl On Fire". Compared to her previous effort "The Element Of Freedom", this collection of songs is much more energetic and fresh. It is actually quite difficult to compare the two as they are so different, but Alicia sounds much happier on this outing, possibly because she is now married and has experienced motherhood.

Following the Classical music inspired intro "De Novo Adagio", the piano led ballad "Brand New Me", co-written by Emeli Sande, is very classy and stylish with a breathtakingly powerful bridge section that adds immensely to the quality of this song. "When It's All Over" is quite an interesting composition as it contains elements of R&B, Jazz and Funk, but then swiftly unravels and transforms into a melodic Dance track with lots of energy and commercial appeal. There are a variety of different styles on this album - "Listen To Your Heart" falls comfortably in between Neo Soul and R&B slow jam territory whilst "New Day" boasts punchy Hip-Hop drum beats and brings bags of energy and hope to this release, although it is my least favourite track due to its simplicity, being aimed solely at the commercial market. The lead single and title track "Girl On Fire", featuring the Hip-Hop artist of the moment Nicki Minaj, is another mainstream R&B creation with very passionate and soulful vocals from Miss Keys and a catchy melody, although it is slightly over-sung and a tad middle of the road. The duet with the ever so talented Maxwell "Fire We Make" oozes sensuality and has some beautiful soft vocals from both artists that blend with the suave and gentle Soul, Jazz and Funk arrangements.
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Lissy (we got it like that !!!) is one of the only artists who consistently delivers on every single album. Most artists have a hit or miss period in their careers - not her. There is no need to fast forward past the rubbish songs because there are none. The most important thing is that as an artist and a woman she is confident and assured in herself and her abilities. In this day and age where her contemporaries are feverishly competing to stay relevant by making provocative videos or prancing around half naked in a video, Alicia needs none of that. So what if Beyonce collabo'ed on her last album and Nicki Minaj on this one. She doesn't feel threatened by that at all. Even seasoned artists like JLo and Madonna are digging their nails in to compete with artists young enough to be their daughters.

Alicia keys stands head and shoulders above all of them. She has remained focused and on the ball. So far the stand out songs for me are 'Tears always win', 'That's when I knew', 'One Thing' and 'Fire we make'. I wish her all the best in her career. Bob Dylan once said, 'There's nothing about that girl that I don't like' and I couldn't agree more. She is an outstanding artist and no doubt a great mother and wife. Alicia, I honestly salute you.
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Album is fantastic, worth buying, every single track a classic. Track 3 features her son Egypt, listening to him makes you want to melt. I listening to it all the time. Well worth the investment.
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I really love this album. Alicia never disappoints. I actually think that Girl On Fire is one of the worse songs on the album. I love the song Brand New Me, It is filled with so much raw emotion and is catchy. The duet with Maxwell is amazing. Two of my favourite artists together. All in all a good buy
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By Benson VINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2012
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It's been a high profile 'come back' season in the last few weeks with new albums from Taylor Swift, Leona Lewis, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna to name a few. I was rather excited to get some new Alicia Keys but regret to say this album failed to capture me as much as any of her previous releases have, and owning all her previous albums I would call myself more than a casual fan.

It's not that there are not things to like about the album. There are some beautiful compositions here including 'Brand New Me', 'Not Even the King' and 'That's When I Knew'. Where it fails is they are just not as good as previous efforts. 'Girl on Fire' is about the strongest 'anthemic' song that appears, and thus the strongest overall, so if you were hoping for the next 'No One' or 'Empire State of Mind' you won't find it. Equally, while the ballads that appear here are lovely they do not top the likes of 'Lesson Learned', 'Tell You Something' and 'Distance and Time'.

All in all, it is a rather stripped back album, with many tracks featuring little more than piano and vocals. While that works perfectly fine, the songs are just not as melodic and memorable as Alicia has given us in the past. It's not an unpleasant listening experience but when people look back at Alicia Keys it's unlikely people will make references to this album. Definitely find a preview of this album before making the leap to purchase.
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