In Common - Alicia Keys
There are certain songs that make you dance, even if it's just in your seat. Alicia Keys' new single In Common does just that. While her countless awards are a testament to her talent, In common showcases her raw talent with pure simplicity.
Keys, a singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and philanthropist released In Common as the first song on her upcoming album, Here, which is expected to be released on November 4, 2016. She got her start in the early 2000's, becoming the best-selling R&B artist of 2001. She became a household name overnight as she released either a new song or album every year, winning various awards for everything she released, including VH1's "50 Greatest Women of the Video Era", and over a dozen Grammy's. Keys didn't restrict herself to music as she made appearances on TV and in movies, like The Cosby Show and The Secret Life of Bees. Alicia's career has never slowed down as she continues to please her fans with new music and continuous growth, as she has just recently decided to stop wearing makeup because she believes society makes women feel like they have to wear makeup in order to be beautiful.
Written by Keys herself, Illangelo, Taylor Parks and Billy Walsh, In Common is being compared to Too Good by Drake and Work by Rihanna. It is expected that Keys was inspired by dance hall music, and incorporated a tropical sound as well as drum patterns. The song begins with a drum beat and a blissful background beat. Her voice is soft as she begins the song with the lyrics "Said I'd be gone by five, but it's sunrise and I'm still in your bed". The song effortlessly continues as a Caribbean vibe brings the song to life, blending into the chorus, which talks about how the two apparent lovers have "way too much in common", and that in order to love somebody like her, they'd have to be "messed up too". Even though we don't know what Keys was thinking when she was writing the song, it seems to be about two people in a dysfunctional relationship because of their similarities, which Keys makes clear she views as flaws. The theme of the song matches the beat, as it carries the same hypnotic sound throughout and never climaxes, allowing the song to have a very simple and feel good sound.
As Keys broadens her sound, all fans have to do is sit back, enjoy, and maybe even dance in their seat.