Sunday 5 December 2010

Alexandra Burke - The Silence

Finally, after the atrocious Start Without You, Burke has released her first major ballad since Hallelujah - a song which finally shows off her voice.  She's certainly got a powerful set of lungs and on The Silence she's finally allowed to let loose, both vocally and emotionally.

For me, it's a song of two halves.  Following on from Rihanna and Eminem's Love The Way You Lie, we have yet another song seemingly about domestic abuse - it seems weirdly fashionable at the moment... The lyrics are simple but effective, the synth backing is thoroughly contemporary and the chorus brings a strong beat and a soaring vocal hook.  But then two thirds through it all becomes formulaic.  Obvious use of silence (see what you did there) and Phil Colins-esque drum break?  Check.  Needless modulation? Check.  Glorifying backing choir? Check.  It's a shame as Burke doesn't need such ostentatious production, the voice is enough. 

Still, it's a good pop song and a strong contender for Christmas number one.