Album: Alicia Keys, Girl On Fire (RCA)


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It's always a bad sign when performers start including gurgling babies on their albums, like some aural equivalent of Facebook family snaps, so the mewling infant appearing for no discernible reason at the end of "When It's All Over" is a portent that the rest of Girl On Fire struggles to overcome.

The track itself is one of the worst here, mercifully outnumbered by the merely adequate and the few standout songs, the memorable classic-soul-styled "Tears Always Win" or the assertiveness anthem "Brand New Me" and victim's lament "101".

Download: Tears Always Win; Limitedless; Girl On Fire