Written By: Mandi Lauren Nowitz
If the name Alex Newell seems familiar, ask yourself if you are a “Glee” fan and if the answer is yes, then of course you know of Newell, who played Wade Adams, one of the first transgender teens on television, for three seasons after appearing on the reality show “The Glee Project.” Though he did not win (he was the runner-up), the show gave him recognition that allowed him to go on to release the solo album “Power,” a five-track EP. He also went on to tour with Adam Lambert, someone who knows what reality singing competitions are like, is extremely androgynous, and also had a role on “Glee.” Adam Anders, who was the Executive Music Producer for Glee, told The Hollywood Reporter of Newell: “While working with Alex on Glee, I immediately realized how broad and unique his talent was and knew that he would be a great addition to the Deep Well/Atlantic Records family.”
This has always been a passion for Newell, who says that he identifies with the character he played on “Glee” and has never received any negative backlash. But, it’s music that has held his heart for as long as he can remember, which he shared with dallasvoice.com: “I’ve always been a performer at heart. Since I was a junior in high school, I always wanted to sing, act and dance on a TV show.” With the hard-core fan base of “Glee,” it was extremely interesting to see what Newell would come up with for his first five tracks that made up “Power.” “Basically Over You (B.O.Y)” opens up the album and is so reminiscent of nineties club music, like Crystal Waters or Real McCoy. “Another Friday night of you blowing my phone. Talking ’bout that you’re all alone. What’s that gotta do with me? Since you broke me off. You ain’t crossed my mind. So, I don’t know why you waste your time. I guess you’re not over me.” Hello to the anthem of annoying break-ups when they diss you but then come crawling back and you’re like “I’m done. Be gone!” But you know that your ex still wants you but you hold the “power.”
“Shame” is somewhat reminiscent of an Adam Lambert song so it is no wonder why they toured together and it shows the versatility in Newell’s voice. “Oh, you’re not the only one. Oh, who feels alone. You’re spending all your time, wasting all your money. On a broken paradise, you’re hypnotized.” The only thing that sucks about this album is that it is only five tracks. Newell’s voice and range leaves me wanting so much more and then it just ends and I am sad. But, I am extremely hopeful that he will keep the music coming and have a long career, even if it is on a smaller scale though I see him surpassing anything he could have ever imagined.