Album: Alesha Dixon, The Alesha Show – Encore (Asylum)

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Doubtless figuring that Alesha is a more bankable prospect following her adoption as judge on Strictly Come Dancing than she was a year ago, when the original version of The Alesha Show was released, Asylum have chosen to reissue it with a handful of extra tracks to tempt the undecided.

It has to be said that the standout track remains the jaunty, mambo-flavoured bounce-along "The Boy Does Nothing"; but the Xenomania team are involved again on "The Light", which opens with a light electropop tremor but then does a sharp left turn into mainstream floor-filling club territory, complete with a semantically opaque hook – "live the light that you mean and light up" – that could subliminally have smokers huddling in the doorway.

Her fellow charity mountain-climbing pal Gary Barlow chips in with the big piano-ballad plodder "To Love Again", reputedly written and recorded in one day, and sounding like it. The problem is that her bubbly personality (and voice) is simply not as well suited to ballads as to perky dancefloor anthems, which is why even trusty ballad fodder like "Breathe Slow" fizzes like space-dust. The other notable new addition is "Shake", co-written with Paloma Faith, and importing some of La Faith's vivacious charm and big, echoey drums to illustrate the irrepressible nature of this "little lady with electric fever".

Download this The Boy Does Nothing; Shake; Let's Get Excited