R&B adult contemporary queen Alicia Keys ushers in a new studio album before the end of this decade with the soul-wrenching The Element of Freedom. Although Ms. Keys is a very accomplished songwriter, Freedom brings out the best in her songwriting and her ability to depend less on piano-laden tunes. Fans will rejoice over the much hyped duet with R&B diva Beyonce on "Put It In A Love Song." However, it is the Jay-Z-less "Empire State Of Mind Pt. 2," which rounds out the album, that delivers a classic-Alicia. The stripped-down piano version is the greatest remix of a song in years.