Alicia Keys is Here with what she says is the best record she’s ever made.
Before dropping her sixth studio album on Friday, the 35-year-old singer sat down on The Voice set to discuss her new music. “What people can expect from this new album is the unexpected,” Keys explains in the clip shared exclusively with PEOPLE. “When you hear the music, you are so wrapped up in it. You get taken by how it sounds…taken by how you feel.”
Keys mentions that some believe the new 16-track album sounds like a prelude to Songs In A Minor, her 2001 debut including the breakout smash, “Fallin’.”
“There’s something about being able to go back and go even deeper to where you started,” says Keys.
She elaborated on the music in an interview Friday morning with Elvis Duran. “This album is the most raw, the most honest, the most vulnerable, the most urgent, the most fun and powerful album that I’ve ever experienced and created and it’s actually one whole body of work.”
The leader of the “bare-faced movement” admitted that many of the tracks were influenced by her increased frustration with societal norms and gender roles.
“These songs started with a list of all the things that I was sick of,” she says. “I’m sick of the fact that as a woman, I have to be judged all the time by what I’m wearing or what I’m not wearing or how I look or how I don’t look! I’m so sick of that fact. I’m sick of the fact that if my son wants to paint his fingernails it’s some big deal.”
On an episode of The Voice, the Season 11 coach says that she’s been trying to break the mold of fitting in with everybody else ever since she started out making music at age 14. “I was never those people, and I will never be those people. Not today, not then, not ever,” explains Keys. “I don’t want to be like anybody else.”
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.