alicia keys: unthinkable (i’m ready)!

May 12, 2010

Unthinkable was my favorite song from Alicia Key‘s (not so spectacular to me) fourth album. The Element of Freedom as an album from an artist who has Alicia’s talent and creativity was just not doing it for me. It sounded like she was trying to expound upon the sound of her last album, but she went about it in a way that was boring, not fresh, and uninspired. This song, along with about two or three others, were the album’s saving grace.

The song, which features subtle singing from Drake, is reminiscent of Alicia’s older, more neo-soul influenced music. It’s smoldering and sultry. The video is pretty cool. I like the approach she takes by making the obstacle in the relationship a conflict of racism. The video, directed by Jake Nava (Beyoncé, Shakira) begins in the segregated 1950s, and continues to time travel through this “unthinkable” interracial attraction between Alicia and Chad Michael Murray, shedding a light on intolerance. Alicia, a product of an interracial relationship, does it beautifully.

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