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Alesha was born and raised in Welwyn Garden City, a prototype new town, surrounded by the idyllic Hertfordshire hills but a stone’s throw away from the hustle of London, this was the perfect stomping ground for a girl who’d end up making organic, modern and high energy music for a living. As Alesha hit her teenage years there was musical influx of strong independent female role ... Read more in Amazon's Alesha Dixon Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B004124VEY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Baddest Chick 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Radio 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Every Little Part Of Me Ft. Jay Sean 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Take Control With Roll Deep 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Drummer Boy 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Entertainer 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Colour 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tug Of War 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. On Top 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. La La La 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Cool With Me 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Radio Ft. Wiley (Klaas Remix Edit) 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Already one of the UK’s best loved female stars, the inimitably charismatic Alesha Dixon releases her second solo album The Entertainer.

Known for her sunny personality, straight-talking attitude and infectious smile, Alesha’s gets straight down to business on her hotly-anticipated new album. The Entertainer sees her set the bar high to maintain her place as the most exciting pop/R&B artist in the country. A brilliantly assertive, widescreen pop album, The Entertainer is packed with dancefloor anthems, hook-heavy hits in the making and Alesha’s distinctive deft wordplay and fearlessly powerful vocals. It’s the sound of an artist finally doing exactly what she wants… and loving every second of it.

The Entertainer was preceded by Alesha’s recent hit single, the sassy stomping "Drummer Boy", which made the nation sit up and take notice with its unmistakable military troop rhythm, shiny brass and synths and irresistible hook. The utterly compelling accompanying video was at one point the most watched music video in the UK on YouTube and was nominated for the MOBO Award for Best Video alongside Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah, Tinchy Stryder and Dizzee Rascal. Alesha is also heard featuring on the Roll Deep single "Take Control", and own single "Radio". All three tracks will be featured on her new album.

BBC Review

The title says it all: Alesha Dixon isn’t a pop star these days, but an old-school 'entertainer' with appeal across the mediums. Gifted a return to popularity via a winning turn on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 – the ex-Mis-Teeq vocalist’s debut solo album, Fired Up, flopped a year earlier – and a judging role on the show’s past two series, this third album seeks to capitalise on Dixon’s cross-generational appeal. But by attempting to tick as many boxes as possible, the team behind these 12 tracks have managed only a disappointing exercise in contemporary RnB mediocrity.

The guests – Wiley, Jay Sean and Roll Deep – tell the listener everything they need to know about the musical direction Dixon’s taken before pressing play. This is super-slick production processed through computers set to analyse the very widest demographics. It’s RnB without any danger, no real passion from any of the protagonists. Everything’s clean and clear, crisp and sharp, and utterly soulless. Dixon’s a competent vocalist – the barks of her Mis-Teeq years are behind her, silkier tones taking the spotlight here. But never does a real character come through in her performances. She hits her marks, sure, but without a sense that she cares for the material.

Buried within the military percussion of Drummer Boy there’s a great song that somehow escaped the clutches of Rihanna or Nicki Minaj – in the hands of a high-flying US vocalist it might well have charted higher than 15. The problem is that Dixon just doesn’t sell the song – "I wanna feel it… harder, harder, harder" she claims, but she could be ordering a starter from a chain of family pubs for all the enthusiasm in her delivery.

The title-track also takes cues from stateside would-be peers, its belching production delivering something that’s remarkably absent elsewhere: some proper bass. A couple of weird interjections from a rambling male voice and it’s a lost Timbaland work. Grammy winner Toby Gad can’t turn Cool With Me into anything other than a half-hearted celebration of relationship release; meanwhile, fellow award-winning producer Nate Walka sleepwalks his way through Baddest Chick, the kind of cliché-riddled snooze-fest best left to blanker slates like Pixie Lott.

There’s ambition here, of that there’s no doubt. And Dixon could yet be a pop force to be reckoned with if she was to rediscover the spark that drove those Mis-Teeq hits of the early 00s. With this slew of just-enough arrangements to play with, though, she never had a chance of reaching for the stars she once danced her way around so easily.

--Mike Diver

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Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yellowsky on 13 Jan 2012
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I have to say, this is one of my all time favourite albums. So underrated! Although I'm not overly keen on Drummer Boy, I love the likes of Radio, Cool With Me, Take Control, On Top and The Entertainer. The Alesha Show was quite strong actually but this is even better to be honest. I bought this not long after it was released and I still like to listen to it from time to time. Buy it... you won't be disappointed!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul the fisherman on 29 April 2013
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very enjoyable and easy to listen to, would suit most peoples tastes r&b, hip hop, pop, the more you play it the more it grows on you.
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By Star24 on 19 Mar 2014
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This is also another good artist to listen to if you like her music and the artist. Would recommend to anyone.
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By musicmad on 24 Feb 2014
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Personally I find this different to her usual stuff. I still enjoy it though,as love her and enjoyed listening to her.
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This album is a great urban/pop/dance album that was gravely overlooked upon it's release. It's a much harder sound compared to her previous album and takes her back to her more urban Mis-Teeq days. Stand out tracks are Every Little Part of Me, The Entertainer, Baddest Chick and Tug of War. There's even a bit of old-skool MCing on La La La which has a bit of a Mis-Teeq Nitro sound. Also On Top sounds like it came straight off of Britney's Blackout album. If you like good pop dance music check this album out, it's stupidly cheap too!
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By Harry Alker on 15 Jan 2013
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A very ordinary album with nothing of note to redeem it. Only her keenest fans are likely to be impressed by this.
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