Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Luminous Keys Hits Right Notes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Luminous Keys Hits Right Notes

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Byline: PAUL CLARK

Alicia Keys Wembley Arena

ON a rain-sodden Saturday evening with a paucity of damp fireworks to lighten the ashblack sky, Manhattan diva Alicia Keys was doing her damnedest to unlock her luminous larynx. Still barely in her twenties, she emitted more soul than a woman twice her age with a voice that was soaked in the spirit of gospel and delivered with an almost presidential authority.

Having shifted seven million copies of her multi-awardwinning debut album, Songs in A Minor, it would have been easy to jog through it to crowdpleasing effect, but Keys is made of more adventurous stuff. Having declared herself in "experimental" mood, she asked the expectant throng to "come with me". The trip she offered was a veritable musical safari, which paused to admire a rare specimen of late-Seventies jazz-fusion before moving on to a solo classical medley on her beloved grand piano and finally a turbocharged, five-minute conga solo laced with tribal chanting. …

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