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  • Audio CD (20 Jun. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B0007Z9RBG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,806 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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With a dynamic, utterly distinctive blend of breathtaking rhythm & blues, fiery funk and roof-raising gospel inflections, Leela James delivers original music with a vocal prowess that both honours and advances the cause of true soul music. On A Change Is Gonna Come, her stunning debut album produced by some of today's biggest names--from Kanye West and Wyclef Jean to Commissioner Gordon and Raphael Saadiq--Leela James reaches back to the best and brings it up to the date for today... and tomorrow.

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It would be easy to compare Leela James to her veteran company Erykah Badu and Angie Stone, maybe even Macy Gray on "A Change Is Gonna Come" - named after the (here covered) Sam Cooke track. Her voice has a lot of growl in it and she's clearly been learning from her inspirations, Gladys, Tina, Chaka, and Aretha and wishes that music needs to be more about the music and less about the video which is a slightly montonous theme that had been flogged a lot - but not without its merit. Leela is a talented young woman who is supported by some good production that compliment her old-meets-new style. In fact I'm sad to see that she hasn't had more radio play but only seems to find favour on Trevor Nelson's Radio One Soul Nation - thank god atleast there! I would imagine this album is very moving live.
I would only suggest that the album may have benefited from some more brevity as there are some stand out tracks like "Music" "Soul Food" the cover "Don't Speak" "when you Love Somebody" and "Prayer". The rest of the tracks arent filler as such but the album appears to be beefed out with sufficient amounts of interludes which I think could have been otherwise just attached to the end of some of the tracks, much like the Black Eyed Peas did with Monkey Business and Kanye West did with Late Registration, who also features as a producer on "It's Alright" and "Didn't I"
I would prefer to give this an album a 3.5 ONLY because I think that this is not going to be the last time we hear from Leela James and I think her sophmore album will be a much better effort because the talent is there and she will refine her sound to stand out more from similar artists. Also brevity is best and maybe selecting 12 tight tracks would do her some justice.
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I heard a radio interview with Leela James about 2 months ago & since hearing some of the album tracks on the show I searched various websites trying to order the album, just on the basis of hearing 2 tracks that's how confident I was that I was going to love the album.
The first place I managed to find the album was amazon so I ordered it straight away and have been waiting anxiously for it to arrive. When it did arrive I wasn't disappointed!
I honestly can say that there aren't any bad tracks on this album. It's one of those albums that you can listen to full blast when you are driving or when you are just chilling out.
If I had to choose which tracks are my favorites, then so far I would say - Music, Good Time, Ghetto, Soul Food, Rain & My Joy & there is also a good cover of No Doubts "Don't Speak".
Her voice has been discribed as "old school soul but new", I can't really say that I can compare her voice to any one else's as it is very different to anything else I've heard in quite a while.
I would definately say that this has to be the album of the year so far definately worth a listen!
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You don't have a choice but to fall in love with the album. Each track seduces you into a groove way beyond what you hear commercially.
Leela has kept to what she knows how to do 'Sing' and boy can she sing. Her style is refreshing, yet classical soul.
So, if you're looking for an album with groove, soul, and voice that you just cant figure out. Check out Leela James 'A change Is Gonna Come'
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Young singers today have lost there soul in the music industry, its all about the video. But there are a few gems that shine through. Leela James is one of those young kats that has captured the soul of greats, her voice is old soul. Think of Aretha, Otis, Donny and all the greats of yesteryears. This girl is amazing. Once I heard the track 'Music' I was hooked, and im glad i took that chance. The album is amazing. Im loving the tracks 'Ghetto''Soulfood''It's Alright'.If u want music that you can feel then go get Leela James. Lets bring the soul back into the music!
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I first heard about leela james while watching mtv base. The first thing you notice about her is the massive hair! It is a lot like kelis in her kaleidascope days. After you get past that however, you listen to the song, and once you do that, you wont be able to look back.
Leela has an amazing voice, reminiscant of the great soul diva's of Aretha, Tina and Chaka, and has the instrumentals of classic soul, but combined manage to bring everything great about classic soul straight into the present day. Whether on the stunning first single of 'music' which talks about how the music has gone from being the most important part of being a singer, to taking a back seat to the video. She even manages to turn No doubts 'Don't Speak' from a rock anthem to an amazing soul song, where Leela's vocals shine.
The whole album though, is amazing through on through, from the instruments, to the words, to Leela's silky vocals. In an industry where there is a Beyonce clone out every month, people like Leela James are keeping the true soul alive. Hopefully with this album, a change is gonna come for the industry, and catapult Leela into the starlight she deserves.
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By Andy Edwards VINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio CD
OK so you prefer old school Soul - as I do - and nobody can compare to Aretha, but lets face it, who can. So view this album as a modern take on things and you can appreciate that here you have a remarkable voice.

Leela James tries to reflect some of the spirit of Soul, by avoiding samples and the more obvious production tricks - and she never falls into the trap of trying too hard to impress. Her voice is assured and can cope with a classic (the title track), without adverse comparisons to those who have gone before.

This is a quality modern R'n'B album, with it's roots in the traditions of Black music, but reflecting today's musical trends without slavishly following them. Leela is a genuine talent - it will be fun to see how she develops the themes seen here. Let's hope she doesn't go in an overtly commercial direction.
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