- Start without You (feat. Laza Morgan). You already know this one, the chart topping pop/reggae fusion, capitalizing on both lyrical nonsense ("eh boy, I push it out," what exactly?) and just good fun. I know it's quite cheesy and ultimately not a pop song with quality as its main priority, but is some misguided way, it's irresistible.
- The Silence (Single Mix). Not actually a new track, but the single mix of current single "The Silence," shortens the original quite a bit getting rid of the "it's killing me, it's killing me" after the first chorus and adds some heavier strings, haunting vocals and a choir in the back drop. I liked this a lot on the original album--it's a shame it's her first to miss the top 10.
- All Night Long (Remix) [feat. Pitbull]. Again, not a new track but the original "All Night Long" has been substituted for the single version featuring Miami rapper Pitbull. It still sounds so good, I hope she kicks things off in the US with this single.
- Perfect. The second new track on here is "Perfect" a flourishing string-heavy ballad before the drums and piano kick in after the first chorus--clocking in both a nice production and Burke's booming vocals. I think this was written by pop singer Bruno Mars (he has his own version, I found on YouTube).
- What Happens On the Dancefloor (feat. Cobra Starship). What an unlikely collab. Burke teams up with American pop/punk band Starship for this nice slice of dance-pop. The lyrics are generic, the chorus is obnoxiously repetitive but it's infectious enough to work. I think this would have single potential, but I hear there won't be anymore singles released from this album.
- Before the Rain. The last of the new tracks is "Before the Rain," a dramatic ballad, it has a more serious feel than "Perfect." It's wonderfully executed--production, arrangement and vocals intact.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Alexandra Burke 'Overcome'
From one X Factor winner to another, Alexandra Burke has had quite stellar 2010, landing 3 top 10 hits and a double-platinum certification for her debut album Overcome, trailing the same format of Leona Lewis' circa 2008, Burke ends the year with a re-packaging of that album, re-titled Overcome - The Deluxe Edition, adding four new tracks, new cover and DVD disc compiling all her music videos thus far. Here's a quick overview of the new tracks: