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The Element of Freedom-A.K.=Just okay.
Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2010
I am a huge Alicia Keys fan; I have all of her CDs. There are 5 out of 14 songs that actually sound decent.
Love is Blind
That's How Strong Love Is
Like the Sea
Empire state of mind (Part II)
The album is filled with ballads; ballads that sound very familiar. Overall, I am very disappointed with this CD ; I do not see how anyone could give this album four stars. I like Alicia Keys as an artist, but I need more originality. Some of the music sounds like it came from and old Prince album and from more recent releases from Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce. The album is very "poppy", commercial, lacks soulful tunes, and flat. I loved Unplugged, Songs in A Minor, and The Diary of Alicia Keys; the Element of Freedom simply does not measure up to her previous CDs. It is an album that will definitely have to grow on you.