“Truth without love is just a lie,” Alicia Keys proclaims on the opening track of her seventh album, ALICIA. It sounds like equal parts revelation and call to accountability, as what follows brims with ample amounts of both. Songs like “Authors of Forever” and the sing-along-ready “Underdog” reflect the feel-good ethos that has come to mark Alicia Keys, the everywoman pop star. But elsewhere, on songs like “3 Hour Drive” (an alluring duet which features vocals from Sampha), the piano-driven “You Save Me” and the soaring “Perfect Way to Die”, there are glimpses of the magic that comes with just her voice and a bare-bones background. The vulnerability of both truth and love seeps out, whether in confessional lyrics or in the labour of creating and stretching.