“In Common” is the new single by Alicia Keys. I have to admit that I’ve not really been a fan of Mrs. Beatz. Her voice irritates me on the level of cats screeching outside to nails on the chalkboard. I’m not sure which is worse. I can name three other songs that I like by her. The rest- straight dookie.
Not this single though. I’m getting straight “808 and Heartbreak”, afropunk meets tribal house, and b-girl sexy. This shit is not a game. Vocally, she is giving me Vanessa Daou. That breathy, sexy and melodic whisper works for her. It’s waaaay better than her “being on fire”. The video is aesthetically and visually stunning with various shades of black people dancing and carrying on. It’s quite sensual.
It’s a daunting tune of dysfunction all leading to the realization that her lover must be messed up too. Hell, I can’t say that I haven’t been there.
I’m not willing to go as far as saying that I am stanning for her but this is some pretty good shit. We will just have to see what else she has to offer from her new album. I’m still not a believer though. However, I will GLADLY take this over screaming any day.
What do you think of her new single?