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Beyond The X Factor,
This review is from: Overcome (Audio CD)Well, well, well! I have to admit to no small measure of surprise on
hearing Ms Burke's debut album 'Overcome'. The car-crash of a show
which spawned her has not guaranteed any great degree of longevity
(Ms Lewis a cautious exception) in the careers of its past winners
(Mr Brookstein, Mr Ward, Mr Jackson - where are they now?).
The difference with this young lady is that she has talent.
She's funny and feisty, she has charm and chutzpah and above
all this she can sing. Oh my good golly gosh can she sing?!!
That this recording has had bucket-loads of cash thrown at it
is self-evident. The investment is likely to reap rich rewards
both for Ms Burke and for those who own her. We must hope that
she is nurtured and looked-after a little too.
The industry is a cruel and fickle place for the uninitiated.
The intergalactic roster of producers and writers aside what
we have here is a solid-gold pop album. A splash of R&B, a big
spoonfull of soul, a dash of electro, a pinch of Motown.
What's remarkable is that it is shaped into a coherent whole
by the enthusiastic abandon of her vocal prowess.
It's a largely up-beat collection with a couple of stonkingly
wonderful power-ballads thrown in for good measure.
Her collaboration with RedOne has been especially fruitful.
'The Silence', 'Dumb' and 'Broken Heels' are all cracking songs.
The latter is destined to set countless dance-floors ablaze.
'Gotta Go' is a consumately soulful compositon beautifully sung.
'You Broke My Heart' confidently captures the spirit of 60's R&B.
'Bury Me (6 Feet Under)' is perhaps the only weak number in the bunch.
Ms Burke does not seem to be entirely comfortable with the somewhat
insipid melody and brittle vocal harmonies.
Not dreadfull, just a tad lacklustre in the company of stronger material.
I will never tire of listening to her performance of Mr Cohen's
great song 'Halleluja'. It is a trancendent interpretation.
I feel fairly confident that this will not be the last we shall hear from
Alexandra Burke. I'm looking forward to the next installment already.
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2009 14:21:58 BDT
Love the review!
I love all the album honestly every single song could be released, the only song i find ok is 'all night long' which i know all of people going to disagree but every single track is 5*... loove the album honestly...
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The Wolf says:
Dear ! ("chicklover")
Gosh!! You really DO love it don't you !
Thankyou for your kind comment.
Posted on 26 Oct 2009 12:47:38 GMT
Rohan Diego says:
great review, really enjoyed reading this. I've been rather frugal of late and haven't purchased an album
in an age or three...but i must say, that after reading your review - that all might change.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2009 18:49:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Oct 2009 18:52:39 GMT
The Wolf says:
Being a music lover can be an expensive game....
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