P!nk vocally has the ability to cover the gamut of hard rock to soulful R&B. Over in the UK P!nk put her trademark stamp on a cover of Alicia Keys‘ hit single “Girl On Fire” on BBC Radio. Both Storytellers singers have vastly different musical styles. P!nk’s badass rocker chick influences her music versus Alicia Keys’ more safe pop and R&B zone. Weirdly enough the two sound quite similar in their different variations of “Girl On Fire,” and we think it’s the yelling the song almost demands.
Alicia yells to the point of over-singing at times. The stretched out “fire” in the chorus requires a screech that sounds like it’s being forced from the back of the throat. Although P!nk changes the piano notes to an electric guitar, she screams too. And honestly, that’s been one of the gripes about the song: There’s too much yelling. P!nk turning it into her own rock version, unfortunately, repeats the same mistake. Luckily for P!nk her vocals are powerful enough to belt out notes that don’t sound excruciatingly forced.
Meanwhile Keys’ fifth album is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 due to its first week sales of 159,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. Girl On Fire makes her fourth number one. Four out of five ain’t bad. She’s truly on fire. Now what’s up with an A. Keys + P!nk collabo?
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