We're now on the precipice of receiving Alicia Keys latest album HERE, which will arrive in stores on November 4th. We've gotten a chance to listen to quite a bit of material from the singer leading up to the set's arrival, including "In Common," "Hallelujah," "Blended Family" and "Back To Life." But just in case you wanted to hear more before Alicia brings the album home, she's given fans another listen with the latest song released from the set, "Holy War."
"Holy War" finds Alicia pleading for peace and unity, something we've come to expect from the singer/songwriter in recent years. Here, she's addressing the many divides that we ourselves create and the strife that they cause. She makes her thesis pretty plain with the song's first verse, singing, "If war is holy and sex is obscene / Then we got it twisted in this lucid dream / Baptized in boundaries, schooled in sin / Divided by difference, sexuality and skin." From there, Alicia steers the acoustic guitar-laden ballad to talk of ways to come together and heal the wounds we've inflicted. Sure, she goes a bit flower child here and we kind of wish there was more musically to add a bit of texture to the song, it's an earnest and thoughtful song that inspires hope for tomorrow.
In addition to releasing HERE next week, Alicia also recently filmed a concert in New York City's Time Square that will air next Thursday, November 3rd on BET. While you prepare for Alicia's takeover next week, listen to "Holy War" below.