MY INDIFFERENCES ABOUT MS. KEYS!
I think I love Alicia Keys? The thing is I think I love her for the wrong reasons though. Since, I can’t truly love someone I have never known personally, let’s just say that I appreciate her as an artist. In my eyes Alicia has always been a very respectable songstress who easily exudes class, grace and beauty in everything that she does. The passion and genuine emotion of her music is unparalleled and I think that has been the main reason for her continuous success over the years. Even though some of Alicia’s music does not stimulate my listening experience, visually the woman is stunning! Honestly, her transition from the petite framed, pimpled faced tomboy with the long braids into this voluptuous bombshell we see today is nothing less than spectacular. Alicia has always been very pretty in the face, but in 2007 she has some serious sex appeal. Male teenage fantasies have passed through my mind at a very speed on several occasions after seeing Ms. Keys in person. So, I asked myself, do I really appreciate Alicia Keys for her music or is it more about her looks?
Since, I understand that most great music takes time to be truly understood and enjoyed, I decided to pull out my old Alicia Keys’ albums that have collecting dust for a minute to give them another critical listen. Her first album “Songs in A Minor” had plenty of great songs on it, but mainstream America exploited the hell out that joint! Between the live performances on every talk and award show, radio spins and video showcases I was losing my mind. I hate when the mainstream tries to shove an artist or song down your ear hole. If I heard that song “Fallin” one more time I was going to commit musical suicide! So, I pulled out her second album “The Diary of Alicia Keys” and gave that spin. When I first played this album back in the day, the only song I really liked initially was her single “You Don’t Know My Name” because of its soulful feel. After listening to the album again nothing much has changed. I recognize that her music on that album had plenty of well written stories with some impressive dramatic effects throughout, but they didn’t move me.
So, just recently I put my ears on her Alicia’s latest musical endeavor “As I Am” for the first time. As suspected I am indifferent about it. I am diggin’ her first single “No One” for sure, especially the video! I won’t make my final judgment on her new album just yet in hopes of it growing on me like a heat rash! Maybe all of her music is great and I am the one with the problem? Who knows really? I may never figure the mess out dammit!
On a brighter note I have discovered the video for her second single “Like You’ll Never See Me Again” just floating around on the internet, so I decided to share it with you folks. Some how I think this Alicia Keys video is related to new Common video for “I Want You” with all of it’s similar dramatic effects. Common and Alicia are definitely showing more of their theatrical sides in these two video joints, so get your microwave popcorn ready folks.
Common - I Want You (Video)
Alicia Keys - Like You'll Never See Me Again (Video)