Even 15-time Grammy winners might be fan-girls.
Clearly, that’s the case with Alicia Keys. Her seventh studio album, which dropped on Friday, could also be titled merely “Alicia,” however there’s one other R&B queen who will get a tune named after her on the LP: Jill Scott.
A terrific Scott, she have to be.
“Jill Scott,” that includes the titular singer herself, is a sensual gradual jam which may have you ever marvel who’s truly singing. It is certainly Keys, singing in her higher register and adopting a jazzy sultriness that’s rather more akin to Scott’s fashion.
It’s the last word homage — sport recognizing sport.
“I need you to like on me, love on me, love on me within the daytime / Like you do at bedtime / So they’ll all know,” sings Keys, who co-wrote the tune with the person who loves on her — husband Swizz Beatz — in addition to Scott.
Then Scott, herself a three-time Grammy winner, delivers the spoken-word interlude: “Ooh, if you find yourself righteously loving any individual / And that any individual is righteously loving you too / It’s a vibration / That all people, in every single place / Can’t assist however obtain.”
Vibration acquired, Jill.
The “A Long Walk” singer isn’t the one visitor artist on “Alicia.” Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz bops with Keys on the reggae-flavored “Wasted Energy,” whereas England’s Sampha injects some moody thriller into “3 Hour Drive.”
Rapper Tierra Whack kicks her circulate on “Me x 7,” and Swedish singer-songwriter Snoh Aalegra rocks with Keys on the soulful ballad “You Save Me.”
Another Grammy winner, Miguel, joins Keys on the attractive first single “Show Me Love,” which was launched means again in September 2019. Meanwhile, on “So Done,” 22-year-old Khalid holds his personal with 39-year-old Alicia in making grown R&B.