New Music: Alicia Keys – “Hallelujah”
Alicia Keys dropped her new single, “Hallelujah.” Keys debuted the song on “Saturday Night Live” when she was the musical guest. It sounds like the singer only had one take recording the song as her voice sounds hoarse.
Keys has been criticized for her live performing, as the singer can be pitchy. Therefore, it may have led her audience to await the studio version of this song. She isn’t a performer who can do a song as much justice as she would in the studio. However, Keys is well with delivering emotion into her performance.
In this case, the live performances may be a better offering than the studio version. Perhaps the focus is supposed to be on the lyrical content (or her hoarse tone is supposed to be viewed as the pain she feels while singing this song). It just isn’t one of the singer’s best vocal deliveries, as she sounds very raw and unedited.
It’s a grower, especially following the potential summer hit, “In Common.”