Overcome Alexandra Burke (CD)
Alexandra Burke's debut album, Overcome, topped the British charts and sold 130,000 copies in the first week alone. The highly touted deluxe version includes music videos featuring Laza Morgan, Flo Rida and Pitbull.
The opening track, Bad Boys, epitomises Burke's magic, with many people labelling it '21st-century techno-future pop'. The lyrics are intriguing and rebellious: 'I know I'm playing with fire but I don't mind.' Add a catchy chorus and you have a hit song. This one brings out the inner rebel in Burke.
Hallelujah, also released as a single, is a remake of Leonard Cohen's original. The song is exceptional and we know why she was the winner of The X Factor's fifth season, a laid-back track with underlying profoundness. Chill out with some lemonade, shut your eyes and increase the volume.
Overall, there is a song in this album for everyone to enjoy. From downbeat offerings to the contagious Depeche Mode-esque sound, the array of tracks gives you music for the gym, car or beach.
Overcome takes music to a distinct edge where danger and love cross paths. Music fans: beware, but check it out! Burke may be having beginners' luck with this album, but we'll have to wait and see if she can hold the appeal.