I feel like history on the turn tables,
Old school to new school,
like nothing even been realer,
on the history of the turntables,
I’m the mystery of what’s inside the speaker cables,
I’m Nina Simone in the park and harlem in the dark,
I’m the music to the project fables,
I’m the words scratched out on the record label,
I’m the wind when the record spins,
I’m the dramatic static before the song begins,
I’m the erratic energy that gets in your skin,
and if you don’t let me in,
I’m the shot in the air when the party ends
You know an album is going to be good vibes when it starts with intelligence lines like this. Well don’t be surprised when I tell you that these are opening lyrics of the first song on Alicia Key’s album HERE.
The album which was released yesterday(November 4th 2016) by RCA records is her sixth studio album, and follow up to her 2012 record Girl on fire.
The 16 track album, which includes early single Blended Family(What you do for love), has a feature from Asap Rocky and In addition to production from husband Swizz Beatz, HERE includes contributions from Pharell, Emeli Sande and Sam Smith associate Jimmy Napes
HERE is a mixture of hard-hitting hip-hop tracks to stripped down acoustic ballads, Keys pulls no punches on the 16-track effort aimed at commenting on affairs of the heart, mind and soul. With a series of five interludes that capture spoken word poetry and in-studio chatter with some of her famous pals, the album dives deep when it comes to dissecting some of the urgent issues Keys sees around her.
Speaking to Humanity magazine, Keys said the new album was pieced together incredibly fast, “the fastest I’ve ever created music before. It was like raining down every night, like storms of music was just coming out. … We did probably 30 songs in like 10 days.” She considers it her best output yet, she told Rolling Stone “It just cohesively speaks so clearly to where I am, and where we are in the world.”
Stream Alicia Key’s Album below