Today’s Sonic Selection comes from Atlanta R&B songstress and Grammy nominee Keri Hilson (@misskeribaby).
Keri Hilson – “Alienated”
A scrapped single during the last legs of her debut album In a Perfect World…, “Alienated” is a wistful love letter laid upon heavy beats and futuristic synths provided by producer Cory Bold. The mid-tempo track is tailor-made for radio, yet has more emotional depth than most contemporary R&B love songs. Hilson sings of a love formerly lost and sought again, likening the experience to an interglactic search. While the concept sounds corny on paper, the execution overshadows any pretense of child’s play. This is a strikingly mature song wrapped in a sugary-sweet package, given enough of the right elements of R&B and pop to show Hilson’s chops as a crossover artist.
Though “Alienated” was likely shelved as a single due to the recording of her sophomore album No Boys Allowed, Keri Hilson crafted a little-known gem that criminally never made it to radio.
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