Overcome

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Alexandra Burke's winning of 2008's X-Factor competition instantly made the young starlet a household name, thanks to her immaculate cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Her cover, which contorted Cohen's masterpiece into a soulful gospel record, instantly drew comparisons between Burke and the television's program winner three years earlier; another young British beauty named Leona Lewis. The two ladies' equally spectacular voices and ranges were all too comparable. However, post X-Factor, it's clear that Simon Cowell, the masthead to both of their lucrative careers, is doing a terrific job of musically distinguishing the two up-and-coming divas; Lewis' debut, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Alexandra Burke's winning of 2008's X-Factor competition instantly made the young starlet a household name, thanks to her immaculate cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Her cover, which contorted Cohen's masterpiece into a soulful gospel record, instantly drew comparisons between Burke and the television's program winner three years earlier; another young British beauty named Leona Lewis. The two ladies' equally spectacular voices and ranges were all too comparable. However, post X-Factor, it's clear that Simon Cowell, the masthead to both of their lucrative careers, is doing a terrific job of musically distinguishing the two up-and-coming divas; Lewis' debut, Spirit, was poised and perfected, much in the vein of Celine Dion. Contrarily, Burke's debut album, Overcome, seems to pull away from much of the preppy glamour that comes with Lewis' overreaching ballads. Burke's debut is brimming with a vocal charm and characterization that Lewis' releases lack. In other words, if Lewis is Dion, Burke is Whitney Houston; an equally compelling vocalist whose imperfections are masked by the kind of charisma that ears crave. Alongside a team of A-List producers (who came with an A-List price tag), Burke delivers a bold and brazen soul-pop album that's so perfected that a quarter could bounce of the shine of the final product. Because of this overproducing, however, Burke unfortunately misses the mark a few times; the forced retro R&B sounds that have been bludgeoned to death in 2009 make their presence here, on numbers like "Bury Me" and "You Broke My Heart" (co-written by a retro contemporary, Pixie Lott). Not to mention, there is more than one track that seems to be stuck in the footsteps of pop groups like Girls Aloud or Sugababes; not necessarily in a bad way, but "Dumb" and "Nothing But the Girl" only perfect the electro-pop formula, they don't glorify it. However, the album is more than saved by some of the best ballads that any new-millennium diva has ever released: "The Silence," a storming, RedOne-produced number, is easily one of the most engaging vocals any singer has recorded for pop radio (yes, including "Bleeding Love") in quite some time. Other songs like "Gotta Go," "They Don't Know," and "Overcome" vary in level of formula and appeal, but all have the chops necessary to sell them. Not to mention, the album is laden with cross-Atlantic appeal. The album's lead single, "Bad Boys," is the most brilliant, perfect mainstream pop single of 2009; its thrashing, synthesized beat and larger-than-life chorus make Burke the prime U.K. import for the North American market, and a little guest chorus from Flo Rida only helps the situation. The album has the aforementioned charisma all the way through (ironically, see "All Night Long"), and Burke's bombastic voice is to be applauded -- not many soulful, booming types like her can even think of true mainstream pop success in 2009, but she stands a real chance. Songs like "Bad Boys" or "It's Over" -- a beautiful, midtempo pop tune probably best geared of all the songs for radio, even as a bonus track -- present a real vocalist who delivers phenomenally while being supported by modern-day beats and hooks. While this album is sometimes too generic and polished for its own good, it is the first record in years that offers us a vocalist like Christina Aguilera who can compete with the present-day Auto-Tuned Britney Spears of the world, and that in itself makes Burke's debut a hit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • Label: Sony Uk
  • UPC: 886974602323
  • Catalog Number: 7460232
  • Sales rank: 6,026

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad Boys (3:26)
  2. 2 Good Night Good Morning (3:38)
  3. 3 The Silence (4:01)
  4. 4 All Night Long (4:24)
  5. 5 Bury Me (6 Feet Under) (3:33)
  6. 6 Broken Heels (4:10)
  7. 7 Dumb (3:22)
  8. 8 Overcome (3:53)
  9. 9 Gotta Go (4:01)
  10. 10 You Broke My Heart (3:37)
  11. 11 Nothing But the Girl (3:39)
  12. 12 They Don't Know (3:14)
  13. 13 Hallelujah (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexandra Burke Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave Williamson Trombone
Louis Biancaniello Keyboards
Steve Booker Bass, Keyboards
Glenn Fischbach Cello
Henrik Janson Conductor
Priscilla Jones Choir, Chorus
Peter Ljung Piano, Keyboards
Andrea Martin Background Vocals
John Metcalfe Viola
Peter Nocella Viola
Sam Watters Background Vocals
Lawrence Johnson Choir, Chorus
Olga Konopelsky Violin
Emma Kummrow Violin
Esbjörn Öhrwall Guitar
Igor Szwec Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
Dan Carpenter Trumpet
Joy Malcolm Choir, Chorus
Derrick McKenzie Drums
Carol Riley Choir, Chorus
Wayne Wilkins Keyboards
Warren Zielinski Violin
Chris Worsey Cello
Richard George Violin
Jim Jonsin Keyboards
Natalia Bonner Violin
Millennia Strings Strings
Lauren Evans Background Vocals
Tamyra Gray Background Vocals
Ladonna Harley Peters Choir, Chorus
Kate Robinson Violin
Simon Willescroft Saxophone
Ravaughn Brown Background Vocals
Sarah Ozelle Background Vocals
RedOne Background Vocals
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Savan Kotecha Background Vocals
Michelle Bishop Violin
Eliza Cho Violin
James J. Cooper III Cello
Rita Ora Background Vocals
Johnny Severin Guitar
Marcus Johnson Choir, Chorus
Jr. Charles Parker Violin
Pat Scott Choir, Chorus
Davis Barnett Viola
Bryon Jones Choir, Chorus
Ulf Janson Conductor
Candice Johnson-Mills Choir, Chorus
Julie Costello Choir, Chorus
Rikke Norman Background Vocals
Pearl Jarrett Choir, Chorus
Patricia Fashanu Choir, Chorus
Marianne Pentha Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Louis Biancaniello Composer, Programming, Producer
Steve Booker Composer, Programming, Producer
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Henrik Janson String Arrangements
Jon Kelly Engineer
Andrea Martin Vocal Producer
Simon Hale String Arrangements
Sam Watters Producer
Lawrence Johnson Choir Arrangement
Martin Kierszenbaum Composer
Stargate Producer
Herbert Crichlow Composer
A. Martin Composer
Neil Tucker Vocal Engineer
Wayne Wilkins Composer, Programming, Producer
Quiz Producer, Engineer
Stockholm Session Orchestra Orchestration
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane Programming, Instrumentation
Martin Cooke Engineer
Niara Scarlett Composer
Jim Jonsin Programming, Producer
Josef Larossi Programming, Instrumentation
Lauren Evans Composer
Ne-Yo Producer
Rob Kinelski Vocal Engineer
Rico Love Composer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Larossi Producer, Engineer
Brian Kennedy Producer, Instrumentation
Alexander James Composer, Vocal Producer
RedOne Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation, Vocal Editing
Damien Lewis Engineer
Savan Kotecha Composer
Erik Arvinder Engineer, String Arrangements
Carlos Oyanedel Engineer
The Element Producer, Vocal Producer
Alexandra Burke Instrumentation
Pixie Lott Composer
Tor Erik Hermansen Instrumentation
Johnny Severin Engineer, Vocal Editing
W. Kennard Composer
Hitesh Cohen Engineer
Samuel Watters Composer
The Phantom Boys Producer
Busbee Composer, Vocal Producer
Philip Lawrence Vocal Producer
Melvin K. Watson Jr. Composer
Andre Merritt Composer
T.E. Hermansen Composer
Larry Summerville Composer
Tramar Dillard Composer
James Fauntleroy II Composer, Vocal Producer
Status Producer, Instrumentation
S. Milton Composer
Kim Ofstad Composer, Instrumentation
Brian Kennedy Seals Composer
Rob Marks Engineer
Ulf Janson String Arrangements
Bilal "The Chef" Hajji Composer
Aeon "Step" Manahan Composer
James Echeffer Composer
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