So, funny story. My friend hit me up on MSN today and told me that the new Alicia Keys album had leaked or something, so we decided to listen to it together so we could laugh and make fun of AK’s corny ass tunes. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that a bunch of the album’s tracks are actually pretty good, with one of the best being the Jamie XX-produced, “When It’s All Over”.
Yes, Alicia Keys worked with Jamie XX. After Drake and RiRi, it was inevitable. Now it’s only a matter of time before Beyonce jumps on board, late to the party as usual. But I digress. We’re here to talk about “When It’s All Over”, which is completely all over the place and one of the most unexpected records Alicia has ever done. It’s jazz, it’s hip-hop, it’s soul, it’s a little alt-dance, and a bunch of other things not so easily defined by wide-reaching genre labels. For once, Dullicia has finally stepped out of her comfort zone and experimented with something more than just the shade of her lipstick.
Why the fuck AK releases lame shit like “Brand New Me” and that hideous Hunger Games b-side when she has stuff like this tucked away is beyond me. But hey, it’s her career’s funeral, not mine.
By the way, don’t freak out or anything, but at the end of the song Alicia Keys’ damn baby starts making weird noises and you suddenly realize that for the past four minutes while you were thinking about a MAN, Dullicia was crooning about a two-year-old named EGYPT.