Sometimes people have two personalities, and they fight with each other. But Al-x nurtures both, creating an interesting hybrid. Influenced by both straight pop and singer-songwriter material, her vast amount of material has helped Al-x create exciting shows at hot L.A. venues like the Knitting Factory, Whisky a Go Go, The Key Club, House of Blues, etc. In between performances, she has worked with some varied musicians and producers, including several acclaimed members of Madonna’s music team. In 2007, 2009 & 2013 she released various EPs. She has built up a fanbase around the world and continues to find new ways to reach out and connect with people.
Al-x’s 7-track, 2013 Ep, is entitled “Let’s Start Tonight”. The album preys upon the recognizable cross-hybrid of retro/electronic pop and turns out great, giving her more street cred, and us more funky urban beats to gyrate to. “Let’s Start Tonight” is another step forward for Al-x. It’s not her previously self-titled Ep or even “Taking Me Over”. It’s different, but not that much more so. Its 80s influenced, mature, daring, and classy. There are up-tempo tracks, there are mid-tempo tracks; music you can dance to, music you can relax to, or even music you can take a long solitary drive to.
The songs here are well thought out and have a darker, sexier edge than some of her previous works. This is sassy pop with an edge. With “Let’s Start Tonight”, Al-x exudes confidence in and about herself. All throughout the Ep she uses a luscious mix of her soft, sensual attitude and a myriad of throbbing beats. Equally impressive are the tinges of acoustic guitar flavors found on tracks such as, “Dawning Of The Day”, “Sorry(Cover of Madonna)” and the bonus demo track, “Awoken”.
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“On The Dark Side”, is an eerie, dark-electro, mid-tempo melody that displays Al-x’s versatility, confidently showing that she can do any kind of song successfully. It is also my favorite track on the Ep.
“Let’s Start Tonight” is sophisticated and smoky, as Al-x confirms and cements her 80s pop and urban chic sound, with just enough acoustics to keep her sound rich and organic. This Ep is a mature, languid, and slick affair. Al-x starts the Ep off, with funky dance stylings then fades out with stripped down acoustic tracks which work perfectly. Basically she moves from club to intimate atmospheres.
In general, Al-x has produced music here that is very sensual and subtle, with lots of great electronic textures that work to enhance the songs, instead of just being the songs. “Let’s Start Tonight” has a groovy, retro pop feel mixed with catchy modern embellishments, that will appeal to anyone that appreciates good pop music.
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