The Diary Of Alicia Keys (MBK/Eagle Vision) Rating: NN
Billed as a documentary film showing exclusive footage of the down-to-earth Keys creating her latest opus, MBK's video diary is a confusing muddle of MTV's Cribs, George Hamilton's Life Of Luxury and a low-rent digital fanzine.
The filmmakers follow Keys and her crew as they jet set around on a razzle-dazzle international tour, capturing candid shots of the posse performing for various crowds and soaking up local culture (the Middle Eastern camel ride/Land Rovers in the desert moment is particularly bizarre). Interspersed throughout are shaky segments shot on tour buses and in hotel rooms and perfunctory interviews with a glammed-up Keys on an exotic island.
Besides the fact that the interviewers don't know how to ask questions, the chronology is completely fucked - there's no rhyme or reason to the segments - and the sound quality is horrible, with Keys's tracks fading in and out over crackly dialogue sequences. You do come away with more appreciation of the anti-diva's charisma and prodigious talent, but it ain't enough to justify the price of the DVD. Alicia Keys headlines the UrbanAIDS show at Ricoh Coliseum Monday (November 29).