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Here (Alicia Keys album)

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Here
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Studio album by Alicia Keys
ReleasedNovember 4, 2016
Recorded2014–2016
Genre
Length45:55
LabelRCA
Producer
Alicia Keys chronology
Girl on Fire
(2012)
Here
(2016)
Singles from Here
  1. "In Common"
    Released: May 4, 2016
  2. "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)"
    Released: October 7, 2016
Here is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. It was released on November 4, 2016, by RCA Records. The first single from the standard edition, "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)", was released on October 7, 2016. "In Common" and "Hallelujah" were featured on the deluxe edition of the album.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Contents

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Background[edit]

In an interview with Humanity magazine Keys said, "the music for this album was created so fast—the fastest I've ever created music before. It was like raining down every night, like storms of music was just coming out. It was crazy because I never experienced creating like that; I came in already knowing what I wanted to start to talk about. I knew the topics that I wanted to address and I knew who I wanted to assemble to help me create this very powerful sonic and lyrical journey. So everything I did was with so much intention that when the music began it made sense that it just came so fast. We did probably 30 songs in like 10 days."[7][8]
Here is Keys' first album in four years, following Girl on Fire (2012). Keys said that she wasn't planning a hiatus, but after she finished recording material for the album, she found out she was pregnant which "put a different time spin on things."[7] Her son Genesis was born in December 2014.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[11]
The Arts Desk8.5/10 stars[12]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[13]
Exclaim!3.5/5 stars[14]
The Independent4/5 stars[15]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[17]
Soul In Stereo3.5/5 stars[18]
news.com.au3.5/4 stars[19]
The Guardian4/5 stars[20]
Pop Matters9/10 stars[21]
NME.com4/5 stars[22]
Here received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 76, based on 10 reviews.[10] In a positive review for The Wall Street Journal, Jim Fusilli notes that the album "at its highest peaks is a powerful work of contemporary pop by an already established musician who is still determined to grow."[24] AllMusic gave the album 2.5 out of 5 stars, with a review by Andy Kellman being more critical of the album.

Track listing[edit]

Here – Standard edition[25][26]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Beginning (Interlude)"   1:04
2."The Gospel"  
3:01
3."Pawn It All"  
  • Keys
  • Swizz Beatz
  • Batson
3:10
4."Elaine Brown (Interlude)"  
  • Cook
  • Keys
0:50
5."Kill Your Mama"   Keys2:40
6."She Don't Really Care/1 Luv"  
  • Keys
  • Swizz Beatz
6:07
7."Elevate (Interlude)"  
  • Cook
  • Keys
0:48
8."Illusion of Bliss"  
  • Cook
  • Dean
  • Batson
  • Lilly
  • Keys
  • Swizz Beatz
  • Batson
5:23
9."Blended Family (What You Do for Love)(featuring ASAP Rocky)
  • Keys
  • Batson
3:31
10."Work on It"  
  • Keys
  • Williams
3:34
11."Cocoa Butter (Cross & Pic Interlude)"  
  • Cook
  • Keys
0:59
12."Girl Can't Be Herself"  
  • Cook
  • Batson
  • Lilly
  • Martin
  • Keys
  • Batson
  • Lilly
2:39
13."You Glow (Interlude)"  
  • Cook
  • Keys
0:25
14."More Than We Know"  
  • Cook
  • Batson
  • Lilly
  • Keys
  • Batson
  • Lilly
4:35
15."Where Do We Begin Now"  
  • Cook
  • Batson
  • Lilly
  • Martin
  • Hyman
  • Keys
  • Batson
  • Lilly
2:47
16."Holy War"  
4:22
Total length:
45:55
Notes
  • "Pawn It All" features background vocals by Swizz Beatz.
  • "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)" features background vocals by Tish Hyman.
  • "She Don't Really Care/1 Luv" contains samples of "One Love", written by NasQ-Tip, and Jimmy Heath, and performed by Nas; it also contains interpolations of "Fool Yourself", written by Fred Tackett and performed by Little Feat.
  • "Elevate (Interlude)" features uncredited vocals by Nas.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Here liner notes.[29]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[30]14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31]12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[32]22
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[33]12
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[34]14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[35]27
Italian Albums (FIMI)[36]14
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[37]24
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[38]16
Scottish Albums (OCC)[39]39
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[40]21
UK Albums (OCC)[41]21
[42]
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[43]1

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, edition, format(s), label and reference.
RegionDateEdition(s)Format(s)LabelRef.
VariousNovember 4, 2016Standard [25]
Deluxe
  • Digital download
  • CD
[26]

See also[edit]

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