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When her single, Knock Down failed to crack the top forty and her debut album, Fired Up was pulled off the release schedules, it looked like it was curtains for former Mis-Teeq star, Alesha Dixon's solo singing career.
That was until she appeared on BBC1 reality dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing last year. Not only did she wow both the judges and the public with her sensational moves on the floor, she also charmed the nation with her bubbly personality, eventually going on to win the competition.
While most celebrities would milk such huge exposure, Alesha did the smart thing and laid low, all the while beavering away on her second solo effort, The Alesha Show, with new label, Asylum Records.
Boasting a more mature, mainstream sound than we've heard from her previously, highlights include her Mambo-flavoured hit single, The Boy Does Nothing, Xenomania production, Don't Ever Let Me Go which, with its jangly guitars, recalls Girls Aloud's hit Can't Speak French and party track, Let's Get Excited which sees her MC-ing Mis-Teeq style.
Mid-tempo electro track, Breathe Slow is poised to be the next single - all light synths and echoey vocals, while Chasing Ghosts sees her channeling Duffy. Another stand-out song is Do You Know The Way It Feels, penned by queen of the ballads, Diane Warren, it's an epic track which sounds like it should be playing over the end credits of chick flick. And what a voice - where's she been hiding that all these years?
After all the hard knocks, it's great to see Alesha back on her feet and, with an album like this to her name, the world is her oyster.
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 Listen
8. Hand It Over Listen
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
Song you must download:
Monday 24th November on Asylum Records