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Critiques CD: Alicia Keys | The Element of Freedom

 An emotive, soulful diva known for being unusually guarded about personal matters, Keys takes baby steps in reconciling that paradox on her latest offering. An exploration of heartbreak, heartache and hearting, it's one hell of a melancholy though not dull listening experience. Still, Keys treads on familiar lyrical ground and her lovesick ballads mostly play it safe. But her foray into 80's synth land via «Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart», with its delectable drum loops and readiness to bust out a Prince-like falsetto on the funky «This Bed» keep things interesting.