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The Element of Freedom

Album by Alicia Keys
2009, 14 tracks, 54 mins 43 sec


May 31, 2019

The Struggles of Alicia Keys

Music is a universal language. Many people who disagree on even the fundamental things seem to agree when it comes to good music. Personally, I have always been fascinated by the genius in artists who create masterpieces that millions of people can relate with on a personal level. One of such geniuses is Alicia Keys. If you are a lover of good music, you already know by now that whatever comes out of Alicia’s mouth is fire. I particularly found her fourth album titled The Element of Freedom, to be a whole different vibe. It has everything a good music album should have. The singles to blast in your car as you go about your regular day or the slow R&B to keep you floating as you drift asleep at night. The songs in this album are easily relatable. Personally, I feel like the lyrics came from a place of struggle. It is a reflection of what Alicia was passing through at the time of which it shows in the lyrics and rhythm. Alicia Keys has definitely come a long way. From her debut album, it was already clear that she was the one to look out for. Luckily, The Element of Freedom did not disappoint on so many levels. Within the first weeks of debuting, it become the number two on the Billboard 200, and sold over 400,000 copies in its first week alone. The song entered several other top rated charts such as the UK R&B Albums Chart where it spent 13 consecutive weeks on the chart. Both the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) also certified it platinum. All In all, the element of freedom was a commercial success. The sound and lyrics made it a worldwide sensation. You could barely get through the day without hearing some of the popular tracks on the song. The fact that the sound is unique from her other works makes it intriguing. Alicia Keys is a hardworking and intelligent artist. She puts all her energy and emotions into her songs and it shows.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension




Album Info

"The Element of Freedom"


  • Dec 15, 2009


  • R&B


  • J


  • Alicia Keys (also exec.)
  • Jeff Bhasker
  • Kerry Brothers, Jr. (also exec.)
  • Toby Gad
  • 40
  • Al Shux
  • Swizz Beatz


  • Conway (Los Angeles)
  • Germano
  • MSR
  • Oven (New York City)


The Element of Freedom is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys, released on December 11, 2009, by J Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during May to September 2009 at The Oven Studios in Long Island, New York. Production was primarily handled by Keys, Kerry Brothers, Jr., and Jeff Bhasker. Departing from the classicist soul music of Keys' previous albums, The Element of Freedom has a mid-tempo, low-key sound and features mostly ballads.
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