Stunning songstress Alicia Keys shares the joy of new motherhood in “Speechless” — an unexpected surprise released as part of Monster Mondays, the digital singles series created by her stylish husband Swizz Beatz. The new jam samples Kanye West’s “Devil In A New Dress” and it finds Keys reuniting with rapper Eve for the first time since their 2002 hit “Gangsta Lovin’”. Is the result sweet or schmaltzy? Listen below.
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As Neon Limelight notes, Alicia mentioned back in October (shortly after the birth of her son, Egypt) that she felt “a song coming on”.
But she may have rushed it out — “Speechless” comes off as a little generic, despite surely heartfelt lyrics and the rock-guitar fuzz under Alicia’s piano. And the verse from the typically tough-talking Eve doesn’t add much: “”In the morning when I rise up/ Go to the window and I smile, put my eyes up/ Stare in the clouds, like, ‘Wow, look at my luck.’” she raps.
Don’t worry though — Alicia herself says that it won’t appear as a single on her next project. As Swizz says in this promo video, “This should be a treat for the fans.”