"Fire We Make" is a sultry, smooth neo-soul duet between R&B mainstays Alicia Keys and Maxwell. Alicia co-wrote and co-produced the track, the third from her 2012 fifth album Girl on Fire, alongside the songwriting/production duo of Pop & Oak.
Within Girl on Fire, Alicia began to experiment with bits and pieces of different musical genres such as rock, electropop and reggae to compliment her typical R&B/soulful style. This eclectic approach earned Keys a platinum plaque and a Grammy for best R&B album.
However, it was this sexy downtempo slow jam that stood out as my favorite. While the other tracks on the record were illustrative of bold new experimentations in sound, this one was indicative of a masterful evolution of it.
Indeed, this was classic (klassic?) Keys in the vein of quiet storm greats like Butterflyz, Diary or Unthinkable in that it embodied that warm, sensual soulfulness that defined Alicia's style. Yet, there was a adultness, a grown folk-ness to it, between the dual falsetto vocals evocative of Prince, to the echoing synth, to Gary Clark, Jr's superb electric guitar solo, that gave this a sense of refinement and sophistication.
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