CD Review: Leona Lewis – Spirit

Soon after her X Factor win last year, Leona Lewis was whisked to the States to work with several top producers on her debut album, Spirit. And oh boy, what a debut album, but more importantly, what a strong voice does Leona possess. Spirit is a very well rounded album and totally demonstrates Leona’s capabilities. It’s not balled-heavy but it definitely offers a stunning range of musical flavors.

“Bleeding Love” is my favorite track in this album, and it’s actually Leona’s first single. It’s totally amazing and without question, the best single ever released by an X Factor contestant – although that’s not a bar set especially high. Half ballad and half not, and the bass-free production makes it an incredibly catchy song. “Take A Bow” is the song that really demonstrates Leona’s range and rhythm. It has a little bit of Mariah’s touch but Leona’s smartly makes it her own. “Better In Time” is also a standout track! It has the same vive as Bleeding Love; very catchy melody and chorus that blends beautifully with the piano and strings. “I Will Be” is more like a pop-rock song but Leona’s voice nicely overshadows the instruments and she takes the center stage with the lyrics. “Footprints In The Sand” is among the slowest track in the album but it won’t drive you to sleep at all. It is very beautiful and very Whitney Huston; it’s quite uplifting. In the end, I wouldn’t hesitate recommending this album to anyone who loves music generally. However, if you are a big fan of Carey and Huston, then this album is definitely for you.

Definite Downloads

1- Bleeding Love
2- Take A Bow
3- Better In Time
4- I Will Be
5- Footprints In The Sand


7 responses to this post.

  1. Bleeding love ! Awesome !


  2. Bleeding Love is nice but too overplayed… ‘Footprints in the sand’ is nice and ‘I will be’ is beautiful!!


  3. I like her album, chill and she is hawt which is a plus! lol


  4. amazing vocals!


  5. Posted by Q80 In Denver on May 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Although I’m in the states, I got the album Last December from the U.K ! It’s too old :p yet I loved her album 🙂 .. go check Shayne Ward .. I bought his album at the same time I bought Leona’s album .. I think you’ll like it 🙂


  6. @Grey

    It’s a great song.


    I understand what you mean by “overplayed” and I cannot agree more.


    You always love your women to be “fully packaged” aren’t you Marzouq 😛


    Indeed. She has a terrific voice. I wish her the best in her career.

    @Q80 In Denver

    Yup, just like you mentioned. Us, living in America always missing the good stuff. Very seldom that is 🙂


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