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10 August 2013
Alicia Keys Performs At Way Out West

By: FSWL team
Published:
2013-08-10
Alicia Keys Quantum of Solace
Alicia Keys, who sang the theme song (Another Way To Die) to Quantum of Solace with Jack White in 2008, performs at Way Out West in Gothenburg on August 10, 2013.

Not that it is insignificant, but 11 Grammy Awards, arena tours, 35 million albums sold and more hits than you have bad habits is not what impresses with Alicia Keys. The temptation is the same as it was when her debut Songs in A Minor tumbled down out of nowhere in 2001: the ability to balance opposites and bridge contrasts.

Alicia Keys is something as unusual as both critics' favourite and pop phenomenon. For most, musical brilliance and creative integrity rarely go together with the luminous features which stars are born with, but here are both glitter and substance. Her way of conveying confident intelligence with sharp vogue is almost unparalleled, especially in the music - Alicia Keys ties 1960s and 1970s with the 2010s without nostalgic free passes, and she is Joni Mitchell and Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin and Mary J. Blige; she is Prince and Jack White, she is sore blues, big pop and caressing hip hop: she is the street corner and the wing of the castle, she bares her soul but takes absolutely zero crap. When the fifth drop catcher Girl On Fire was released in 2012, the pop culture bible Rolling Stone confirmed in a sense the unique trek between emotive opposites: ”Girl on fire is both her catchiest and subtlest album yet – and one of the best R&B records of 2012”.

She is Alicia Keys, and she's everything you could ever hope for in a poignant artistry. Liberation, protest and love. Bombastic heartthrob and minimalist popgryn. Way Out West is visited by a genuine and modern icon in August 2013.

Official video for Alicia Keys and Jack White's theme song to the Bond film Quantum of Solace:


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Photo above:
Promo for Alicia Keys' album Girl On Fire. © 2012 RCA Records. All rights reserved.

Visit the official website for the latest on Alicia Keys performance at Way Out West in Gothenburg:

www.wayoutwest.se/sv/alicia-keys

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