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In Photos: See Alicia Keys perform at the Air Canada Centre

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Alicia Keys performed at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on April 2, 2013, singing from her latest album, Girl on Fire.

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Girl on Fire is her first LP in three years and a product born of collaborations, with Frank Ocean, John Legend, Maxwell, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Dr. Dre and Babyface on board in various capacities.

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None of those illustrious pop figures accompany the alpha-gal hit-maker on tour however. The stage, all in black and minimally adorned, was hers and hers alone.

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Keys smiled and uplifted, sang her firm and catchy R&B, and sometimes played a piano, an instrument upon which her classically-trained chops were not tested severely at all.

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Keys sparkled decisively and professionally, but she lacks a soulful charisma or unique persona to genuinely ignite an audience.

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