Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2012
De Novo Adagio (Intro) - I was pretty happy that Alicia Keys' returned back to her piano introductions, when her last album didn't have one at all, I was pretty disappointed. I was expecting a bit of a beat or breakdown after the slow piano tunes, however, I loved how it connected to the next song of the album.
Brand New Me - This song seems to be the highlight of the album. Period. The emotions that Alicia brings in the song, you could tell that she has been through a lot, and it really gives out a great message to those who wants to be someone or change, even move on.
When It's All Over - A mixture of hip-hop, pop, and jazz is included in this song, it's very amazing how great she sounds in the song, and it's not really a style she would perform in. The ending with her son, Egypt, was most definitely a cute and adorable moment.
Listen to Your Heart - A smooth sound and a soft and mellow voice that is a very interesting part of Girl on Fire. Clearly, Alicia Keys is saying that "you gotta listen to your heart", and using "heart" as if it was a person by using "he", which is pretty awkward if you ask me, but it still works well, then the song fades and then.....
New Day - BAM! BAM! BAM! BAM! The drums blow in, Swizz Beats really impressed me with this song, he adds in hip-hop and classical music all in one, this is a very amazing song, and maybe I must say that I do like this version 10 times better than the version with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
Girl on Fire - I'm honestly glad that this version was included in this album. Out of all of the versions, Bluelight and Inferno were definitely my favorites. Without adding her Roman, Barbie, and Martha in the song, Nicki Minaj puts out her pure Onika in this song, she's more family-friendly in this song, and as a Nicki Minaj fan, I give her plaudits for that. The "con" of this song is some of the lyrics, which seem to be weak and confusing. How can the "girl" go from "having her feet on the ground and having her head in the clouds," to "on top of the world?" Oh well, overall, it was great.
Fire We Make - I'm actually shocked that this is Maxwell's first duet of his whole career. But I'll say that this is definitely the sexiest and mature song of the album. I love that Alicia starts to sing similar to Maxwell's voice range, this song was definitely worth it.
Tears Always Win - A not-so radio friendly song that, in my opinion, is a really great song of the album, it's more of her style from her As I Am and The Diary of Alicia Keys days.
Not Even The King - From the time I heard this song, I had the feeling that Emeli Sande contributed to writing this song. Although very quick and simple, it has a very amazing meaning to it.
That's When I Knew - Starting off with an amazing background guitar, and amazing vocals from the one and only.
Limitedless - When I first heard the beginning of the song, it sounded as if she was going soft rock or alternative, and when the beat drops, everything changes when she brings out her reggae to the entire song. It's definitely interesting, because it's not really what you would expect from Alicia, she's trying new and unique styles to make the album more great.
One Thing - This Frank Ocean written piece is very good, not so great, if you compare it to Brandy's version of "Scared of Beautiful" on Two Eleven. It was good.
101 - The final song of the album, a very lengthy one also, is where things start to get haunting, she saves the best for last, actually. As the song goes on, is where things start to blow and get more crazier. It was definitely an impression.
Overall, I must say, although Girl on Fire has a little bit of flaws, it was really an improvement from her last one, The Element of Freedom, which was honestly not that great as I wanted it. This and The Diary of Alicia Keys are definitely worth buying. :)