Music critic Edna Gundersen of USA Today took part in an online chat on Tuesday with readers, and was asked about her thoughts on Alicia Keys. “I don’t think she’s overrated at all, and I love her new album,” she said. “That said, I do think there’s a strong tendency on the part of many rap and R&B artists to borrow too heavily from the past. Keys is guilty of that to a degree, but she brings more than enough individual flair and vision to the table.”
The chat transcript at usatoday.com has since been removed.