Released: 24th November 2008.
Few ex-girl group/boyband members have had a tougher time trying to achieve solo success than Alesha Dixon. After the ex Mis-Teeq member went through absolute hell in 2006 with the flop of her first two solo singles - the cracking "Lipstick" and "Knockdown", the non release of what was supposed to be her solo debut album "Fired Up", and then the end of her marriage to MC Harvey of So Solid Crew and dropping by her then label, Polydor, in the same week, it would be enough to convince anybody, let alone Alesha, not to step into the harsh arena called the music industry ever again.
But then the cavalry came along in the unlikely shape of BBC One's celebrity ballroom contest, "Strictly Come Dancing" in the autumn of 2007. The rest, as they say, is history. Proof that she is definitely one of the few gems that deserved to be saved from a dumper littered with the likes of Lisa Scott-Lee and Duncan James, Alesha's proper UK solo debut is a show stopping invitation to dance and is a real feel-good treat, as demonstrated perfectly on the opening tracks "Let's Get Excited" and current top 10 hit "Breathe Slow", the latter of which being a positive ballad about keeping your cool in a rocky relationship. The album's other big hit, "The Boy Does Nothing" is a storming Xenomania collaboration that the lady herself has described as â��bottled happinessâ��.
Brian Higgins and co. are also behind a few more stormers on this album, including "Play Me", "Italians Do It Better" and "Cinderella Shoe". So too, are the writing talents of Amanda Ghost (James Blunt's "You're Beautiful") on should-be-next single "Chasing Ghosts" and Soulshock and Karlin (Jamelia's "Thank You") on "Hand It Over", who all help to re-affirm why Dixon could and should potentially reach the same worldwide success that the likes of Leona Lewis and Duffy have enjoyed over the last year.