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  • Element of Freedom


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The Element of Freedom (2009)

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The Element of Freedom is the fourth studio album by American R&B recording artist Alicia Keys, released December 11, 2009, on J Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during May to September 2009 at The Oven Studios in Long Island, New York. Production was handled by Keys, Jeff Bhasker, Swizz Beatz, Noah "40" Shebib, Toby Gad and Kerry "Krucial" Brothers. Departing from the classicist soul music of Keys' previous albums, The Element of Freedom has a mid-tempo, low-key sound and features mostly ballads.

The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 417,000 copies in its first week. It became Keys' first non-number one album in the United States and her first number one album in the United Kingdom. The Element of Freedom was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America within its first month of release and produced five singles that attained moderate chart success. Despite mixed criticism towards its low-key style and Keys' songwriting, the album received generally positive reviews from most music critics. It has sold 1,391,300 copies in the United States and four million copies worldwide. Keys supported album with a world tour, The Freedom Tour.


After recording her third studio album, As I Am, Keys began to "find the way to totally be myself and what that meant; figuring out what choices I wanted to make and not make in order to truly honor myself". She described The Element of Freedom as diverse, but noted that there is a "balance". She explained that "one side is strong and one side is vulnerable", which she pointed to as the theme of the album. The album has a "strong, edgy feel", but is also "intimate and vulnerable and delicate". While on BET's 106 & Park, she described the album: "The way that the songs progress are gonna take you on a natural high. I just want you to feel a sense of freedom, I want you to feel out-of-the-box, feel inspired, You're definitely going to be taken on a trip, I know you're going to be shocked, you're going to hear things that you probably didn't think that I would sound like. It's a journey." Keys revealed to The Times that in the period she was recording the album, she listened to artists such as Genesis, Tears for Fears, Fleetwood Mac and The Police.

In an interview with Billboard magazine, Keys stated that she "eliminated all of the boundaries and all the limitations, so that you can feel your freedom and express your freedom in every way you possibly can". The Element of Freedom was scheduled to be released on December 1, 2009, to correspond with World AIDS Day, but was pushed back to December 15 for additional recording. According to the senior vice president of urban marketing for J Records, Keys "had a couple of more things in the oven and she wants this to be right So we gave her the additional time she needed." Keys pointed out that she felt the album was being rushed for no reason. In an interview with Scottish newspaper The Scotsman, she stated that it "seems unfair to have to rush these songs that were still coming and not allow them to be the best songs they could be. It was just two weeks' difference, but it made for an even better record".

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Element of Freedom Alicia Keys       00:13
1-2 Love Is Blind Alicia Keys       03:50
1-3 Doesn't Mean Anything Alicia Keys       04:33
1-4 Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart Alicia Keys       04:09
1-5 Wait Til You See My Smile Alicia Keys       04:00
1-6 That's How Strong My Love Is Alicia Keys       04:05
1-7 Un-thinkable (I'm Ready) Alicia Keys       04:09
1-8 Love Is My Disease Alicia Keys       04:02
1-9 Like the Sea Alicia Keys       04:13
1-10 Put It in a Love Song Alicia Keys       03:16
1-11 This Bed Alicia Keys       03:45
1-12 Distance and Time Alicia Keys       04:27
1-13 How It Feels to Fly Alicia Keys       04:43
1-14 Empire State of Mind Broken Down Alicia Keys       03:36





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