Double album features a reimagining of hits
Alicia Keys freed Keys on December 10, 2021. Fans were delighted that every version of the original song had been reimagined and remastered into a hip hop album. So this is a double album, showcasing Keys’ strength as a singer and lyricist, and also turning each of the 13 tracks into a dance song.
Alicia gives fans what they want – keys to vibrate on and keys to dance to. Energizing tracks presented on Unblocked can easily be made and played at the club, while the original album slows things down and gives the original keys everyone knows and loves.
The aptly named Keys presents the piano as the artists’ home port, where it is in its natural element. Fans say it sounds like old Alicia and sounds the same, which longtime listeners will surely appreciate. That’s because the original is all Alicia, that’s how she started.
His eighth album, Keys, is above all a back to basics record, where she is free to be herself musical, which can naturally be her song behind a piano. Plus, she can showcase her hip hop roots, with beats and tracks that tell more than one story.
The double album is a nod to her producer husband Swiss Beatz, who remakes half of the original tracks with his hip hop inspiration. The album is an album of love and it fits into every element of emotion.
Globally, Keys is a feel-good album, and fans can enjoy it in a number of ways. Being indefinable in this way allows Keys to stretch her musical muscles and explore new territories while being comfortable in what she does best.
– TIDE (@TIDAL) 22 December 2021
As Keys wrote on each song, she welcomed the input and help from musical legends. His co-writers cover almost every genre, including country music writer Natalie Hemby and R&B legend Raphael Saadiq. Mike WiLL Made-It was in charge of most of the hip hop remixes on the album. The producer has worked with pieces from Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar.
The musicality of the original album includes light compositions and smooth instrumentation. the Unblocked The version helps take the tracks to another level, with a rich production that doesn’t hesitate to explore new musical grounds. This double album has something that will appeal to everyone, spanning many different genres and bringing together elements from Alicia’s two decades of career.
the Unblocked version has collaborations with rappers who add their own lyrical twists to the original songs. Pusha T adds verses to “Plentiful” and “Playful Flowers” with Carlile, with whom Keys won a Grammy nomination on her track “A Beautiful Noise”. On Nat King Cole, Lil Wayne raps and adds a new intro that takes the song to another level. Most remasters add new melodies or layers, but nothing is completely redone.
Keys, the original album, presents Alicia as she is, an extraordinary solo artist, this is how she arrived on the scene and how many listeners remember her. Unblocked shows off her dynamic versatility and fantastic collaboration skills, which have created many memorable songs over the years.
While most of the songs on the Unblocked part of the album are remixes of songs on the original, there are two that are brand new. “LALA” presents Swae Lee with cool and retro big band samples. “Come for Me” is a collaboration with Khalid and Lucky Daye.
Overall, it’s an easy-to-listen album with a lot of cool aural elements to delve into that makes listeners want to play songs on repeat. It’s sweet but energetic, showing the strengths of Keys as well as her music producing husband on a powerful double album offering.