Al-x – Madonna Medley
We live in an age where the medley is found on every street corner. A few years ago the concept was made popular again – revived, if you like – through the TV show Glee.
On that show, some particularly strong moments were examples like the mash up between Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s ‘Heads Will Roll’.
The beauty, joy and fun that is found in Al-x’s medley is in the sheer rate at which it goes, running through Madonna classics at a real rate of knots. While you might expect her to linger a while on each song, that’s not the way this project works. Instead, she chooses to seque seamlessly from one song to the next, creating a breathless stream of melody that causes the ears to prick up again and again after a few bars have passed at a time. Add to that Alex’s vocal capacity to do a sterling job of sounding very much like Madge herself and yet showing her own skill and range in her own right. It’s a real celebration of the work of Madonna, serving as a real reminder of the sheer number of great tunes she’s produced over the years, and a great way to look forward to her new album in 2015.