Alicia Keys is the perfect example of someone who should stick to what she does well, i.e. playing the piano and being pretty and perhaps letting the other things go.
It’s when people go outside their range, outside their metier and aren’t terribly good at other things, that it becomes a tad embarrassing, especially when they think they’re good at those things.
She’s certainly got the looks, no doubt there but, as others have said:
# She can’t handle anything beyond her tiny range. She strains all the time- most notably on her biggest hits. What really shocks me is how she allows herself to go out of tune on some of her recorded songs. Especially since she is a musician, you are supposed to have an ear for this kinda stuff. And no — I don’t consider this to be justifiable as “raw” or “emotional” elements.
# Why would Alicia Keys let herself get pregnant by a married man?
# Once again it proves that people in the spotlight need to stick to their “skills” and shut the heck up!
# Alicia has decided that “Gangsta rap was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other”. And you know how she’s educating herself on these sociopolitical matters? By reading books written by the Black Panthers.
Now obviously she has every right to show her lack of talent and brainpower – it’s still a free country to an extent but it did make me wonder – is there anyone born after 1980 who is a talented singer or actor? It’s possibly unfair to ask if the teen-flick actors and actresses are any good because they’re still raw and haven’t deepened in range as yet.
Anyway, the question stands – is there anyone born after 1980 who is a talented singer or actor? Let’s take the only recent one I’ve heard:
All right, Bruno is not too bad but put him beside Robert Plant, Elvis, the Beatles, Sinatra, Luis Armstrong and so on. Put him beside Ian Curtis for example:
And for vocal power, how about:
Now Eric Burdon was young at the time so it can’t be put down to youth not being capable. Is there anyone born after 1980 with this sort of presence?