by Laurent Kelly
Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart
I can’t think of any other modern pop vocalist who is as utterly convincing in delivering her emotionally wrought lines. Alicia Keys has a dramatic urgency to her voice which makes each moment feel vital and compelling and there is a raw sense of character in her voice which is sorely missing from modern musicians. Try Sleeping a Broken Heart is a big, power pop ballad – a little too melodramatic lyrically but sung with such heart and passion by the ultra talented vocalist that it becomes an emphatic and meaningful mini-classic. Alicia’s torn tones makes you care about every ounce of her pain and her dramatic range is simply exsquisite.
The pounding, infectious tune adds to the overall sense of torment and drama with production values that are expertly fine tuned and pulsating. All in all a resounding success from a singer who really makes you care about what she is singing.
My top ten will follow later on. Thanks for reading.