Friday, June 29, 2012

New music from Alicia Keys

Controversial but true: Alicia Keys is better when she goes uptempo. Oh yes, she's best-known for yawnsome mopefests like Fallin and If I Ain't Got You, but give her a sizzling drum loop and she's happier than a llama with a salt lick.

You want proof? I gots proof:

Then there's this:

See also this:

And you'd be an idiot if you forgot this:

So its good news that Alicia's first release since becoming a mum isn't a gloopy ballad about how breastfeeding really connects you with the elemental forces that underpin our universe.

Nonetheless, New Day is unashamedly positive – "a feeling in my heart that I can't get over" – but Alicia is in a triumphant, rather than reflective, mood. Over a lively military groove, by her husband Swizz Beats (why oh why didn't she take his surname?), she asks us to "celebrate and say eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh, eh" - which is as exciting as it is nonsensical.

Listen below.

Alicia has also recorded a video message about her forthcoming album, which you can see below. It may prove to be of assistance if you’re suffering from insomnia.

A message from Alicia Keys

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