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Between the release dates of her fifth and sixth albums, Alicia Keys was as visible as ever, acting on Empire, coaching on The Voice, performing on Saturday Night Live and at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. At some point, she stopped wearing makeup, fed up with the standard of perfection to which women are held. That anti-processing mentality and heightened social consciousness carried into the making of Here. Pared down compared to Girl on Fire in every respect, Keys' first album since 2012 was created primarily with husband Swizz Beats and Mark Batson -- a trio dubbed in the liner notes as the Il'luminaries. There are more yeahs, ohs, and unghs (and fucks) here than on any previous Keys album. The expressions are sometimes heard as Keys feels out a rhythm, like she's warming up, while in "The Gospel" they sound like temporary placeholders for lyrics. There's a batch of career standouts. "She Don't Really Care_1 Luv" is prime hip-hop soul with an appearance from legendary vibraphonist Roy Ayers. The biographical "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)," featuring A$AP Rocky, hits all the right supportive notes despite borrowing from Edie Brickell's "What I Am." Most affecting of all is the gospel-blues dirge "Illusion of Bliss," a modern-day version of James Brown's "King Heroin" presented from the addict's point of view. Anyone who faults Keys' lack of technical mastery should be able to feel the depth of the pain the singer expresses in that highlight.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2016
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888430987821
catalogNumber: 309878
Rank: 169488


  1. The Beginning (Interlude)
  2. The Gospel
  3. Pawn It All
  4. Elaine Brown (Interlude)
  5. Kill Your Mama
  6. She Don't Really Care_1 Luv
  7. Elevate (Interlude)
  8. Illusion of Bliss
  9. Blended Family (What You Do for Love)
  10. Work on It
  11. Cocoa Butter (Cross & Pic Interlude)
  12. Girl Can't Be Herself
  13. You Glow (Interlude)
  14. More Than We Know
  15. Where Do We Begin Now
  16. Holy War

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alicia Keys   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Moog Bass
Roy Ayers   Vocals,Vibes
Mark Batson   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Harold Lilly   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dave Kuncio   Guitar
Latisha Hyman   Background Vocals
MusicManTy   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Roy Ayers   Composer
Edwin Birdsong   Composer
Walter Booker   Composer
Brandon Aly   Composer
Edie Brickell   Composer
John Houser   Composer
Tyrone Johnson   Composer
Ali Shaheed Muhammad   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
Mark Batson   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Ken Lewis   Engineer
Robert Diggs   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
Swizz Beatz   Producer,Executive Producer
Shawn Martin   Composer
Alicia Keys   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Concept,Vocal Producer
Harold Lilly   Composer,drum programming
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Erika Rose   Executive Producer
Ramon Rivas   Videography
Meghan Foley   Art Direction
Jason Hunter   Composer
Tyrone "Music Man Ty" Johnson   Producer
John Bush   Composer
Corey Woods   Composer
Kenneth Withrow   Composer
Mike Larson   Engineer
Emeli Sandé   Composer
William Henry Allen   Composer
Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Rakim Mayers   Composer
Dave Kuncio   Composer
Zeke Mishanec   Vocal Engineer
Latisha Hyman   Composer
Arthur Johnson   Videography
MusicManTy   drum programming
Il'luminaries   Producer
Billy Walsh   Composer

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