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Alesha Dixon - The Alesha Show

Alesha Dixon, The Alesha Show

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

ALESHA Dixon shot back to prominence after winning Strictly Come Dancing and now hopes to win listeners over with her debut solo album, The Alesha Show. But while spirited in places, it’s a hopelessly manufactured slice of pop that lacks any real killer tunes.

The former Mis-Teeq member certainly has a nice set of vocals but too often feels like she’s swimming in other people’s pools.

Songs like Let’s Get Excited and Breathe Slow sound like Sugababes and Pussycat Dolls imitations, while Play Me is pure Girls Aloud pop pap.

Hand It Over even flirts with Gwen Stefani (Hollenback Girl) style chanting at various points, before settling into a distinctly more R’n‘B groove.

And ballads such as Do You Know The Way It Feels sound hopelessly generic and lack any real sense of identity.

That said, it’s not a terrible listen – merely an easy one that’s instantly forgettable.

Alesha has employed some handy company to improve the production values (Brian Higgins and his Xenomania team), and genre-hops to at least ensure it’s difficult to pigeon-hole. But one suspects the best is yet to come from her… once she decides which direction to take.

Highlights, of which there are a few, include the Mambo-flavoured former single The Boy Does Nothing, which is a breezy foot-stomper that finds Alesha’s vocals at their sassiest.

While the moody Italians Do It Better is a fine example of her smooth grooving that stretches her vocals into almost Macy Gracy-style territory (nicely husky, more mature).

Hand It Over is a pretty decent effort, too, as is Don’t Let Me Go and the Duffy-esque Chasing Ghosts which, coincidentally, was put together with the help of Steve Booker (of Mercy fame). It contains the same kind of retro ’60s vibe.

It’s safe to say that the show will go on for Alesha as her album hits the charts… so long as you don’t expect to be completely blown away by it. It’s an easy listen that lays down plenty of markers for the future.

Download picks: Breathe Slow, The Boy Does Nothing, Chasing Ghosts, Italians Do It Better, Don’t Ever Let Me Go, Hand It Over

Track listing:

  1. Welcome to the Alesha Show
  2. Let’s Get Excited
  3. Breathe Slow
  4. Cinderella Shoe
  5. The Boy does Nothing
  6. Chasing Ghosts
  7. Play Me
  8. Hand it Over
  9. Do You Know the Way it Feels
  10. Can I Begin
  11. Italians Do it Better
  12. Ooh baby I Like it Like That
  13. Don’t Ever let Me go
  14. I’m thru
  15. Mystery (hidden track)