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Alexandra Burke ft. Pitbull - 'All Night Long'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:10 UK time, Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Alexandra Burke

Right, this is a pickle. As a result of prolongued exposure, I am going to have to be extremely nice about a song which features Pitbull, and for once, I don't mean it in a kind of half-shrugged "well this is perfectly fine for now, passes the time agreeably, but I probably won't play this at an important family gathering" sort of way. I mean it in a "blimey, I'm enjoying this song so much I'm going to play it again as soon as it stops, AND tell my friends about it" kind of way.

Yes, the same Pitbull who had that unsavoury song about making love in a hotel room. How can I ever look myself in the ears again?*

(Here's the video. They're going to have to tidy up with a SHOVEL.)

He's not really learned from his past mistakes, if his guest moment here is anything to go by. He doesn't even seem to know whose record he is a guest on. "Alexandra!", he yelps, before pausing as if to read something off a cue card, "Burke, that is!".

Oh yeah dude, you are SMOOOOOOTH. You're not even in the video, so SHUSH.

On the plus side...dear Lord the PLUS SIDE...well it's just a brilliant song. It's sung brilliantly, with brilliant barking-angel harmonies and brilliant rumble-tum verses and brilliant cloudbustingly euphoric choruses. Alexandra sounds every inch the disco diva - by which I mean she sounds torn apart by the wonder of the emotions she is experiencing, even though lyrically, those emotions amount to nothing more than a simple description of meeting someone you fancy at a party.

In this way, it's a song which will sit next to Kelis's 'Acapella' very nicely indeed - astonishing singers translating the experience of being overcome by strong feelings. It's an emotional state we can all relate to.

I, for example, am preparing a similarly overwhelmed torch/disco preposterthon entitled 'BAD DOG, PITBULL, IN YOUR BED'. It's the only language he understands.

Five starsDownload: Out now
CD Released: May 16th
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)

That Grape Juice says: "I'm still waiting to hear that 'mind-blowing' track I just know Ms. Burke has in her to deliver."

BBC Newsround says: "Her voice is earthy and gravelly, and really cool on this single."

Digitalspy says: "You'll barely have time to knock back your G&T before the urge to hit the dancefloor kicks in."

* Apart from 'with a periscope', obv.


  • Comment number 1.

    Better than Bad Boys and it isn't on the Playlist! Are BBC having a boycott of X-factor?! REBEL.
    Anyway, this song is AMAZINGLY catchy but the music doesn't half rip off 'Just dance' does it?

  • Comment number 2.

    Very, VERY good song from Ms. Burke, much better than her previous songs by a long shot. Does anyone else hear the "Forever" (by Chris Brown) beats, especially in the verses?? Not that I mind, mind you!!

    Pitbull's contribution also fails to detract from the goodness of this song, kind of like an irritating fly at a picnic.

  • Comment number 3.

    All Night Long is a fantastic, radio-friendly song with great reviews all round by a British artist. It's soaring up the charts and has one of the best videos in a long time. How can Radio 1 justify not playlisting this song? It's ridiculous that a national radio station can be so out of touch with the record buying public. Well done Radio 1, you are going to look very stupid when this is a massive hit.

  • Comment number 4.

    Not ALL of us, surely? I look AMAZING!

  • Comment number 5.

    Prove it frazzle

  • Comment number 6.

    Why should Radio 1 be obliged to playlist this song? We all know that X Factor winners enjoy numerous tv appearances and endless airplay by almost every commercial radio station in the country, so surely Radio 1 should give other artists a chance who haven't had the same luxuries as Alexandra? Anyway, they supported her last 2 songs, and All Night Long is already heading for the top 10 without their help, so what's the problem? Don't get me wrong I'm always getting annoyed at Radio 1's playlist, but when it comes to someone like Alexandra who is getting promo and airplay pretty much everywhere else, I don't see the big deal about her latest song being omitted.

  • Comment number 7.

    I'm normally really happy with the playlist but at the moment it seems a little off. Hopefully they will playlist this.

  • Comment number 8.

    I hated 'Bad Boys', I don't care what you say, it's my opinion. After about the third listen (in all of fifteen minutes) I really hated it.

    'Broken Heels' on the other hand was a four star song for me, very good and a lovely catchy chorus that doesn't grate as much as 'Bad Boys'.

    BUT NOW... 'All Night Long' jumps into our ear-drums and... ZOMGGGGG THIS SONG IS SO AMAZING NOT EVEN PITBULL COULD RUIN IT!

    I love how the acapella intro really shows off the likeability of the song, it just... sounds like a hit. And then that hypnotic bass-line imitates Alexandra's lovely crooning and ooh-ing.

    Then the chorus starts it really is a chorus to behold, something special yanno? A chorus like that doesn't come around very often...

    Of course, Pitbull is entirely pointless on this record, and does absolutely nothing for it but even so... it still doesn't detract from the brilliance of the song.

    5 stars.

  • Comment number 9.

    At least this on got a review even if there is no playlist! Poor Train!

  • Comment number 10.

    Alexandra looks positively larger than life on the video... which is what a good pop star should do at any given time, IMHO

  • Comment number 11.

    With Alexandra set to gatecrash the top 5 on Sunday with this song , the public have let radio 1 know , that this should have clearly been on their playlist .

    A long time ago !

  • Comment number 12.

    Yeah, being no.3 midweek it will most likely stay in the top 5. Alexandra seems to make a habit of climbing the charts with her songs, which I say is a good thing, it shows her songs are growers, or are getting notice even if not playlisted!

  • Comment number 13.

    Its simply super . by this i learn may thing thank you for posting this . ones again thank you very much


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