The album received a mixed reception from critics, with some complimenting its production, calling the album one of her strongest albums to date, while many called it a formulaic and bland album.
It's the most unlikely truce in history -- Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz' ex-wife Mashonda ...“I feel that after [one] and a half years of you hiding this affair and acting like it [doesn’t] exist, that now is the time to confront it, since you talk so openly about it now…You have no idea how much pain I was caused because of this affair.” She continues, “If you are reading this Alicia, let me start by saying, you know what you did.I’m BEYOND proud of the work that the three of us most consciously applied to bettering ourselves for each other and our children’s sake. “I am truly proud of all of us 🙏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Blessings and positive vibes only #blendedfamily”Of course, we know that things weren’t always so copacetic.Tifrere once publicly scolded Keys for carrying on a relationship with the producer while she was trying to repair her marriage to him, writing, “You know the role you played and you know how you contributed to the ending of my marriage.You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues.Issues that you helped to create…”Keys would eventually respond to the drama by saying that she started dating Swizz while he and Tifrere were separated.The first received generally favorable reviews, but peaked modesty on the charts, reaching the top-twenty in some countries, but only peaking at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while the latter also received positive reaction, but did not make any significant impact on the charts.Therefore, subsequent singles were cancelled due to the low-impact of previous singles on the charts.“If [it is] so, that you and my husband are meant to be together, then God bless you both and I hope you never have to deal with what I did. If you two being together forever is the case, [it’s] more of a reason for us to get along, because I’m not going anywhere. ” –After having a great evening with my son and enjoying some fun twit chat, I decided to sign off and get some work done.[There’s] a child to be raised.” Concluding with an olive branch, Mashonda answered Alicia Keys’ initial “smart versus sparks” twitter post. However, a few hours later I was advised that I should check @aliciakeys twit page. I feel our issues are a lot more serious than a website conversation.Inspired by her marriage with Marc Anthony and taking influences by Jamiroquai and Sade, "Brave" features prominently samples from old classics, mixing up with funk and R&B music.Brave sees Lopez working with new collaborators, such as Ryan Tedder, Midi Mafia, Jonathan Rotem, Bloodshy, Lynn & Wade LLP, The Clutch and others, while also working with long-time collaborator Cory Rooney throughout the album.“The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. The lyrics that stood out to me most were the ones that acknowledged their complex beginning: I know it started with a little drama…I hate you had to read it in the paper But everything’s all right with me and your mama Baby, everybody here you know adores you And I think it’s beautiful I think it’s perfect I know hard it gets, but I swear it’s worth it That’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love There ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’, there ain’t nothin’ I won’t do for us It may not be easy this blended family but baby, that’s what you do, what you do, what you do, what you do for love The song exudes positive energy and is quite beautifully produced.