Alicia Keys has come a long way from being name-checked in a Bob Dylan song. Since her first album, “Songs in A Minor,” was released in 2001, Keys has gradually (and at times, suddenly) made the jump from neo-soul and R&B to a far more polished pop sound. After all, why sing “If I Ain’t Got You” if “No One” is what got her into arenas in the first place? However, after four years of making guest appearances on soundtracks and NBC singing competitions, Keys has released her first single in four years, “In Common.”
Thankfully, the time away seems to brought back an older sensibility to her music. The song immediately feels at home among currently popular dancehall-based hits like Drake’s “Controlla” and Rihanna’s smash “Work.” It’s not hard to imagine that public pools, skating rinks and theme parks the country over will have a field day this summer with the song. Take a listen below and stay tuned for the inevitable Keys album/tour announcement.