WaPo Chugs Gallons of Haterade Re: Alicia’s New Album
Ouch-ness! J. Freedom du Lac, Washington Post staff writer, goes after Alicia Keys' As I Am with the kind of piss and vinegar normally reserved for, well, piss and vinegar. Check out some of these catty (yet highly entertaining) points from the review:
- That Keys has struggled to craft a lyric with [Bob] Dylan's name in it speaks to her limitations as a writer. She's an effective but generally unimaginative lyricist whose writing tends to be simple, weirdly impersonal and wholly average, with a few exceptions...
- Awards and additional accolades followed for Keys, as have the hits. But one thing is still missing from the ingenue's résumé: A truly great album that proves she is, indeed, talented enough to deserve all those hosannas.
- As I Am... is uneven, unfocused and never gets around to answering the critical question of exactly what -- or, rather, who -- Keys is, other than a 27-year-old artist still in search of an identity.
- ..more often, the songs fall flat, done in by limp production and ill-conceived arrangements...
- While the lyrics are supposed to be deeply personal, there's something generic about them and they're riddled with cliches...
- When I think of her, I can't help but type "overrated."
Meow! Kitty has claws! At SoulBounce HQ, we're still trying to figure out if we'll even bother with a review. (I got dibs on Mary!) I mean, does our opinion even count? She'll move millions of units regardless.
Alicia Keys, Still Warming Up [WaPo]