The Element of Freedom (album di Alicia Keys del 2009)

Album di spicco degli anni 2000, THE ELEMENT OF FREEDOM rappresenta una prova di maturità artistica di Alicia Keys, anche coproduttrice del disco, che unisce pop, soul e r&b, in ben 14 pezzi.

Il primo è un intro di 30 secondi che dà anche il titolo all’album, poi tocca alla splendida Love is blind, canzone/eco sublimata dalla voce della Keys. Doesn’t mean anything è un brano perfetto per l’ugola appassionata di Alicia che incalza il brano senza invaderlo con eleganza. Try sleeping with a broken heart ha ritmo e risulta anche canzone da sotto la doccia mettendo i paletti alla banalità: bello il dolce piano che funge da intermezzo. Wait til you see me smile è una grande prestazione della Keys con la sua emozionante estensione vocale. That’s how strong my love is spicca come uno dei pezzi più belli dell’album dove non manca niente: un arrangiamento struggente, una grande interprete, un tema musicale da brividi. Un capolavoro. Un-thinkable (l’m ready) suona melodica, intensa e raffinata, con una Keys positivamente energica. Love is my disease è travolgente, magnetica e spara adrenalina a iosa: un singolo perfetto. Like the sea, con il magnifico pianoforte in evidenza, balza da passaggi contenuti e coinvolgenti a un canto/controcanto mirabile. Put it in a love song è la concessione del disco alle leggi del mercato: ecco dunque un duetto adrenalinico e da ballare con Beyoncé. This bed e’una canzone accattivante, Distance and time è un pezzo intimo e mette in evidenza la lontananza tra due cuori alla ricerca del tempo da condividere. How it feels to fly filtra nell’immaginazione metaforica, ed infine chiude in bellezza Empire state of mind, brano che trionfò anche nella versione disco visionata da Jay Z. La versione dell’album punta invece sulla forza espressiva della Keys, accompagnata dal pianoforte e uno stuolo di echi prodigiosi che conducono all’accelerata finale.

Un album che avrebbe funzionato anche con qualche traccia in meno ma comunque, al netto dei pareri personali, ha ottenuto un meritato successo nonostante il mancato debutto in vetta nel mercato U.S.A. in precedenza sempre conquistato. Tuttavia fu primo in Gran Bretagna, risultato mai ottenuto prima all’uscita di un album della Keys. Grande musica con un avvicinamento maggiore al pop migliore rispetto ai dischi precedenti più marcati su r&b e soul, comunque notevoli anche in the THE ELEMENT OF FREEDOM

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