The Rundown: Alicia Keys, Girl on Fire

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"Not Even the King"

Alicia Keys recruits Emeli Sandé to co-write once again, and the resulting tribute to Swizz Beats wavers between poignant romantic truisms and cloying platitudes. Still, the minimalist touch — just Alicia and a piano — shows off one of the album's biggest surprises: Alicia's singing, which previously sometimes occasionally fell victim to strained pitchiness, has improved noticeably. Her vocal chords are wearing motherhood well.

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