When you are a media darling, you can do no wrong, but when one little secret is exposed, the media does whatever it can to get all the dirt on you. I’m not a big Alicia Keys fan when it comes to her music, it lacks the soul of Jill Scott or the rawness and depth of India.Arie, but I am a fan of her philanthropic spirit and her musicality. I know I have been hard on her for her mistress status, but that’s because I’m a biased married woman.
Anyway, Miss Keys has been receiving some unfavorable reviews of her new album, and some even more unfavorable press.
According to UK Mirror, Alicia Keys was offered hotel suite in the UK at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge worth over 5,000 pounds, and after arriving Miss Keys decided she wasn’t feeling the “vibe” at the hotel, and walked away:
My source reveals: “The hotel had been in discussion with Alicia’s team for a week, preparing her suite with her favourite flowers, scents and goodies. The hotel’s Rib Room entrance on Sloane Square had even been closed off at her bodyguard’s request for her arrival. But when they saw the Luxury Suite, Alicia and her people asked for something bigger.
“They were told there wasn’t anything bigger and that the Luxury Suite was the biggest and best in the hotel.
“Basically, Alicia took one look and said she ‘didn’t feel the vibe’. And when she does that, she’s not joking, so the whole entourage piled into her limo and left.”
If you’re planning on buying Alicia Keys’ new album, you may want to read the review in the Washington Post, The Element of No Surprise.
Like all of Keys’s discs, it’s manicured and lovely sounding, a musical edition of Oprah’s Book Club filled with songs of personal growth, romantic struggle and self-acceptance, done nicely, if not always well.
Is there any singer on the planet who plays it safer than Alicia Keys?
She started out as an ivory-pumping neo-soul prodigy, a female Prince, except without the sex. She has wound up the Sheryl Crow of R&B, an all-purpose pop star whose fame has far outstripped her record sales, whose celebrity is her brand. Like Crow, she’s the uncontroversial choice for inaugural events, Grammy Awards, corporate-sponsored tours and subpar James Bond themes. [Source]
It sounds like the best song on the CD is the duet with Beyonce, Put It in a Love Song. I’m not mad at Alicia Keys from walking away from the hotel, if it’s not big enough, it’s just not big enough.