Rolling Stone (p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he follows her muse, and foregrounds the tunes. The result is both her catchiest and subtlest album yet -- and one of the best R&B records of 2012."
Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "Some of GIRL ON FIRE's best moments come down to just Keys and her piano. It opens with an instrumental and segues into the triumphant 'Brand New Me'..." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.80) - "[The album] creatively stretches beginning with a classically tinged solo piano intro, 'De Novo Adagio,' and works through the sultry jazz of 'When It's All Over'..."
Q (Magazine) (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "She can belt and she can bounce, but what Key does best is offer classy reassurance that the centre ground is actually a pretty cool place to be."
Paste (magazine) - "[T]his is Keys finding her vulnerability and letting it unfurl with a strength that's honest instead of bludgeoning."
Since the release of The Element of Freedom, Alicia Keys married and began a family with producer Swizz Beatz and either appeared on or produced material for a number of albums, including Kanye West's My Dark Beautiful Twisted Family, Emeli Sandé's Our Version of Events, and Miguel's Kaleidoscope Dream. Girl on Fire, her fifth album, was put together with her husband, as well as the likes of Salaam Remi, Jeff Bhasker, and John Legend. The album features "Brand New Me," a song Keys regards as her autobiography, and the inspiring title track, her 18th Billboard Hot 100 single.