Sunday, January 10, 2010

Seems fitting

I was watching SNL, catching Alicia Keys performing Empire State of Mind (Part II The Breakdown). Beautifully performed. I can't help but notice an air of melancholy and somberness in the vocals and arrangements. Then again, these are rather somber times. I noticed some of the same mood in the somewhat more upbeat collaboration with Jay Z that was also released late last year. Personally I prefer her solo version with its spare ambient-like sound with the full band only heard during the last 15 or 20 seconds. The moodiness beneath the celebratory-like lyrics is haunting.

Here's a clip on YouTube of the track from her new album:

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