After a rousing performance at the “Stand Up 2 Cancer” benefit, Alicia Keys has released the lyric video for “Not Even The King.”
‘King’ is vintage Alicia–simple yet brilliant. Keys finally enters a realm where her writing complements her intellect. Never before has she explained how ‘love is the answer to all of our problems’ so vividly. The socially conscious lyrics can be associated to a number of things–the republican agenda (think about it), people condemning her for her union with Swizz Beatz, etc.
Her trademark husky tone over the attractive piano chords heightens this tune to an aural masterpiece. More songs in this vocal register could potentially rebuild the connection between Keys and her countless cynics.
Considering socially-conscious songs practically have no place in contemporary music, it will be interesting to see how well this song performs on the charts coming from an artist with Keys’ stature and popularity.