Alexis Petridis of The Guardian reviewed Alicia Keys’ new album ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’, giving it 3 out of 5 stars. Petridis writes, “On purely musical terms, it is difficult to see what the fuss is about. She has a good voice, but Keys is an exponent of nu-soul, urban music’s equivalent of Britpop. Like Oasis, nu-soul artists are musical reactionaries, looking to the past for inspiration. They slavishly mimic Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. However, while Britpop was an understandable reaction to the dreary excesses of post-grunge rock and grey, underachieving indie, nu-soul is more problematic.” Read more.
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