Regular readers know all too well how deep my love for Alicia Keys runs (a love which she’s sadly unaware of) so I won’t rehash my feelings again here, except to say that I love nearly everything the R&B goddess does. Nearly. The rare exception is Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart, the disappointing follow up to her DJBooth-approved lead single Doesn’t Mean Anything. As opposed to her usually piano-oriented word, Broken Heart is an electronically soaked track that booms with heavy bass and dense synths, a production style that gives the cut a distinctly 80s sound. And while Alicia delivers yet another resonant vocal performance, the soul I love so much in her work is almost completely drowned out by the heavy-handed production. I’m all for experimentation, not every track needs to be Fallin’, but I sincerely hope Broken Heart’s sound won’t become a trend for Keys. I’ll now be somewhat nervously awaiting the release of her upcoming album The Element of Freedom, due in stores on Dec. 15.
Written by Nathan S. on 11/1/09
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