Thursday, November 29, 2007

***As She's Not **

(I can smell the hater stamp coming straight for my forehead)


I'm mad at Alicia Keys' new album. All that damn hype for THAT? Too through am I. I know she's all about soul music and whatnot, but let's keep it Crisco, shall we? She can't sing. She's what I like to call a "note holder". She can carry a tune. But I wouldn't put down the ketchup to hear her sing live. She belts notes (which we all know I'm a fan of) but it's not done like a true piper. She yells in key. If you reeeeally listen, you can hear her holding her breath as she does it. For real! Really listen to her next time.

I've never been 100% satisfied with any of her albums. Except the 1st one. I dug that. But is it just me or do all of her piano originals sound like pieces of songs you know from somewhere else? Like a soap opera melody or something you hear when you get put on hold.

Honestly, I could probably overlook all of it if the lyrical content was consistently on point. It wasn't. I get love and empowerment themes but I likes my lyrics with a little hotsauce. Stuff that may be a tad tacky or a tad risque but it's clever and honest at the same time, so you get over it.

Exhibit A: Amy Winehouse. Now we all know this drug fiend is a hot mess to look at (and sometimes hear live) but peep the"Stronger than Me" lyrics from her 2003 Frank album:

You should be stronger than me
You been here 7 years longer than me
Don't you know you supposed to be the man,
Not pale in comparison to who you think I am,

You always wanna talk it through - I don't care!
I always have to comfort you when I'm there
But that's what I need you to do - stroke my hair!
Cos' I've forgotten all of young love's joy,
Feel like a lady, but you my lady boy,

And Alicia's Superwoman lyrics from her 2007 As I Am album:
Everywhere I'm turning
Nothing seems complete
I stand up and I'm searching
For the better part of me
I hang my head from sorrow
Slave to humanity
I wear it on my shoulders
Gotta find the strength in me

Cause I am a Superwoman
Yes I am
Yes she is
Even when I'm a mess
I still put on a vest
With an S on my chest
Oh yes
I'm a Superwoman
Look at the chorus again...WTF??
You sing dumb shit like that IN YOUR HEAD where it sounds hot.
You don't put it on albums to be taken seriously.

It's just so generic, watered-down, and cliche.

Feel me? Maybe not.
(Wouldn't be the first time, right? lol)

But I could've saved a good $6.00 on my $9.99 iTunes purchase...

and put it on that new Badu project.

Cuz Erykah does bugg out sometimes

but she always comes with that fiya!

(In my mind, one of the few GENUINE artists in music today.)

Whatchu think?

I dig alicias cd but I hate that superwoman song. Listened to once n I was done. Otherwise, I really like it though i can see your point about the singing.she isn't really what you'd call a songstress just an artist.
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