The incomparable Alicia Keys is gearing up for the release of her fifth studio album Girl On Fire. We’ve already seen the kinda weird, kinda pretty-looking video for the title track (which PITNBR Brent actually enjoyed, for good reasons) and now she’s dropping the second single, Brand New Me. The song was co-written by my girl Emile Sandé, who just picked up the Harper’s Bazaar Musician Of The Year award. I’m a little conflicted over this track; Brand New Me has a very smooth, ballad-like feel to it and, while I do like it, I guess I just don’t love it. Then again, I also know I’m not the biggest AK fan in the world. Check out the song above and tell me what you think. Alicia‘s voice sounds good, (and I do love the bridge which begins around the 2:40 mark), I’m just not head over heels for the entire production. However, I’m still crazy-psyched for that Frank Ocean collaboration! Hopefully we’ll get to hear that one soon.
Girl On Fire debuts on November 27.