There's no doubt she can carry a tune, but this latest offering showcases an impassioned rawness and inner turmoil at odds with the pristine Leona that graces the cover. Hurt tells of self destruction and self-loathing. A far cry from the obvious connotations from Trent Reznor's battle with addiction and Johnny Cash's reflection upon a tumultuous life, what then Leona, is there really to 'hurt' about? Who's to know? But not only does the arrangement open the song to the masses, the ambiguity coupled with Leona's heartfelt plea to 'start again a million miles away' reminds us that we all experience pain.
The next two songs are carefully chosen too. Iris and and Colourblind hint to a crisis of identity and acceptance, each with graphic lyrics akin to her chart topping 'Bleeding Love' but with an understated maturity. With this EP, Leona breathes new life into these cherished classics with a stunning voice which essentially brings storytelling to the fore.
Each whisper, belt and breath is pure vocal mastery and the emotion Leona conveys is second-to-none.