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Review: Alicia Keys live at Village Underground in London – 26/05/2016

The anticipation of watching Miss Keys at the Village Underground in Shoreditch, London was the incredible.

Once Miss Keys came onto the stage, Rocking a baggy outfit and going make-up free, her look said everything about her current vibe in life and music – care-free, embracing her natural essence and feeling super-duper fly, she was vivacious, sassy and energetic.

The show was mostly used to showcase her new material for the upcoming album, so the first several songs were to treat die hard fans to the long awaited material. About 30 seconds into the opening song, she restarted so that the crowd could ‘hear every word’.

“28,000 days” is a song she wrote about making the most in life after reading an article that made her realise we only have so many days on this Earth, “Pawn It All” sees her discuss what she would give up for love and happiness while the moving power ballad “Hallelujah” perfectly showed off her famous vocals. From what was witnessed at the Village Underground, the new album will be a departure from the usual music we are accustomed to hearing from Alicia. But it will definitely be worth the wait.

Miss Keys didn’t disappoint giving us the classics such as “You Don’t Know My Name”, “Girlfriend”, “Fallen” and “If I Ain’t Got You”. Her vocals and piano playing were on point when she performed “Girl On Fire” and “Empire State of Mind”. The power and tonality in her voice still shows her passion and devotion to making music.

The crowd were in a dancing frenzy when “In Common” dropped inside the venue. One of our favourite tracks.

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One of the highlights of the night was when Alicia brought out some British talent to join her on the stage. Explaining that she believed these young women were on fire, she invited female grime stars Nadia Rose, Lady Leshurr and Wretch 32 to perform their hits.

I honestly can’t wait to hear her new album when its finally released worldwide.

Outstanding

Superb - 97%

97%

From what we witnessed at the Village Underground, the new album will be a departure from the usual music we are accustomed to hearing from Alicia. But believe me it will definitely be worth the wait.

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