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Alexandra Burke – Overcome

2010-02-19 07:36
 
Overcome
 
It's standard R&B pop fare, but Alexandra surprisingly stands out in this saturated genre. Actually, the fact that she's not trying to change the formula is refreshing. She knows what makes her sound good, and she's stuck to it.

The deviation from the norm here is her cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". Alexandra performed the song in the contest and it went on to become her first single which did phenomenally well on the charts and in singles sales. However, she's admitted that the song "didn't do much for [her]". It probably did a lot for her career though. But I agree; her version lacks tenderness and understanding which is essential for this iconic ballad.

Miss Burke is much better suited to dancefloor ditties like the infectious "Broken Heels" and the thumping "Nothing But The Girl". Judging from her attitude and look, she's more comfortable here too.

"Bad Boys" featuring Flo Rida and "All Night Long" are also great party tunes, but neither displays her voice as having any power or magic. So while it is fun music, can she really be credited for that?

So listen to "You Broke My Heart" for a taste of her sultrier, more soulful side and she proves that she does have a voice to back up her title.

There's nothing irritating about her. While she's textbook chart material, you can't help but be impressed with her versatility and sass.

The X-Factor winner shows she definitely has something that makes her more than just another TV talent contest winner.

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