On December 18, Alicia Keys was on hand at M2 Mansion in NYC for a release party for her stellar new album "The Element of Freedom." If you don't have it yet, you need to get off your computer and beat a path to Target/Walmart/Best Buy or pop a tab, click up an online shop and fill a shopping cart. Point is: forget the freebies, good music deserves better dollars (especially these days) and Alicia Keys cooked up something phenomenal for these cold winter months.
On a completely non-musical angle I can tell you listening to the album I wasn't sure if Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz were still making their lo-pro relationship happen. Oh sure, throughout the album there is the sound and feel of a woman smiling in the glow of a new love, but who that love is I felt was up for question. more..