Issue: #369

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Alicia Keys "The Element of Freedom," RCA/Jive/Sony

THE HIGH FIVE!!

  • Pronto "All Is Golden," "The Cheetah" Independent
  • Richard Shindell "Not Far Now," Signiture Sounds
  • Colossal Yes "Charlemagne's Big Thaw," Ba Da Bing
  • Susie Meissner "I'll Remeber April," Lydian Jazz
  • MC Lars & YTCRAKER "Digital Gangster," War Chant/Horris

Alicia Keys "The Element of Freedom," RCA/Jive/Sony

Singer Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist composer and producer Alicia Keys returns with her excellent 4th album The Element of Freedom. Alicia Keys has gained wide spread acclaim in her career with one of the best gospel and soul voices to come around in decades. In addition to her voice she is also an accomplished piano player, often incorporating classical riffs into her compositions, which has been a contributing factor into her success. Her new album sees Keys exploring late 80s and early 90s neo-soul/R&B sounds. This is like a seamless transition that she pulls off very well. The songs all deal with love, heartbreak, and female empowerment; themes that seem fresh and creative when Alicia writes about them. She has gotten masterful at producing her sound and the songs are well written, with hooks and breakdowns that most seasoned producers would strive for after decades in the biz. This is a wonderful album, though more low key than her earlier works, which may put off some people. There are element of strength and vulnerability in these songs, which provide balance to disc over all. Alicia Keys has promise to continue producing excellent R&B, and this album has extended listening potential.

******BEST ALBUM OF THE WEEK*********

Shelton's Single of the Week: "Put it in a Love Song"

EDITOR'S NOTE: Eminem shows a penchant for arresting detail; a remarkable ability to switch between conversionational flow, left-flow role-playing, or rage-fueled torrents at a moment's notice; and bouts of surprising self-awareness. He's done it again.

POLITICAL SONG OF THE WEEK

Artist: Phil Ochs
Song: "Ballad of William Worthy"

song_cover It's of a bold reporter whose story I will tell
He went down to the Cuban land, the nearest place to hell
He'd been there many times before, but now the law does day
The only way to Cuba is the CIA

William Worthy isn't worthy to enter our door
He went down to Cuba, he's not American anymore
But somehow it is strange to hear the State Department say
You are living in the free world, in the free world you must stay
Five thousand dollars or a five year sentence may well be
For a man who had the nerve to thint that travelin's is free
He should have listened closer when he heard the experts say
This modern workd is getting so much smaller everyday

William Worthy isn't worthy to enter our door
He went down to Cuba, he's not American anymore
But somehow it is strange to hear the State Department say
You are living in the free world, in the free world you must stay
Five thousand dollars or a five year sentence may well be
For a man who had the nerve to thint that travelin's is free
He should have listened closer when he heard the experts say
This modern workd is getting so much smaller everyday

So, come all you travellers and fellow-travelers, too
And trasvel all around the world, see every country through
I'd surely like to come along and see what may be new
But my passport's dissapearing as I sing these words to you

William Worthy isn't worthy to enter our door
He went down to Cuba, he's not American anymore
But somehow it is strange to hear the State Department say
You are living in the free world, in the free world you must stay
Five thousand dollars or a five year sentence may well be
For a man who had the nerve to thint that travelin's is free
He should have listened closer when he heard the experts say
This modern workd is getting so much smaller everyday

Well, there really is no need to travel to these evil lands
And though the list grows larger you must try to understand
And try hard not to worry if someday you should hear
The whole world is off limist, visit Disneyland this year

William Worthy isn't worthy to enter our door
He went down to Cuba, he's not American anymore
But somehow it is strange to hear the State Department say
You are living in the free world, in the free world you must stay
Five thousand dollars or a five year sentence may well be
For a man who had the nerve to thint that travelin's is free
He should have listened closer when he heard the experts say
This modern workd is getting so much smaller everyday