Smooth-as-buttah R&B crooner Alicia Keys sings about the present international ills with her single We Are Here. The thought behind it is powerful but as a single…well, it’s neither here nor there. Give it a listen here and let us know what you think of it in the comments section:
For starters, the lyrics are spot-on and a refreshing departure from the usual self-indulgent material you’d expect to hear about on the airwaves. The video also doesn’t resort to sexualization to sell the idea, which is another huge plus for the track. And the melody itself sounds nice.
Now therein lies the problem. At best, We Are Here only sounds nice, but not spectacular in any way. For a song with such a strong message, a punchier instrumental composition and arrangement would be appropriate. The opening line also sounds like a spin-off of Fun.’s We Are Young, and the verses are in Keys’ safe zone. There’s nothing memorable about the track aside from its sentiment, and you can get a lot of that through social justice sites.