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A striking young woman with a strong vocal resemblance to the young Whitney Houston and a large mop of blonde corkscrew curls, Leona Lewis won the third series of the British reality talent show The X Factor in a landslide. (For non-Brits: The X Factor is the revamped follow-up to the original U.K. talent search, Pop Idol, of which American Idol is the ... Read more in Amazon's Leona Lewis Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Nov 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B000WM7270
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bleeding Love
2. Whatever It Takes
3. Homeless
4. Better In Time
5. Yesterday
6. Take A Bow
7. I Will Be
8. Angel
9. Here I Am
10. I’m You
11. The Best You Never Had
12. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
13. Footprints In The Sand
14. A Moment Like This – UK Bonus Track

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Long-awaited debut album from the 2006 X-Factor winner. The album is a mixture of pop ballads and soulful R&B tracks and includes her first single 'A Moment Like This', the international hit single 'Bleeding Love' and 'Better in Time'.

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Leona Louise Lewis is something of an anomaly. Not only is she pretty and endowed with a wonderfully elastic (four-octave) vocal range--she’s also a committed vegetarian and one of the few X Factor/TV talent show winners not to immediately try to capitalise on her success with an album of weak covers. Instead, her mentor Simon Cowell (and team) have coaxed Lewis into the studio with some of America’s biggest talents--Dallas Austin, Jam & Lewis--and come up with an album of weak originals. You couldn’t exactly call "Spirit" a bad album. It carries memorable melodies, some classic song-writing and, of course, Lewis’ seriously potent voice (she’s been compared to Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey already). But what the album lacks is personality. Songs like "Bleeding Love" (produced by Ryan Tedder and Jesse McCartney) are technically flawless, but you’re left thinking ‘is this all the sass and sparkle a bonafide Hackney gal can muster?’ "The Best You Never Had", the Ne-Yo produced "I'm You" and many other songs here follow this play-it-safe formula, while the album’s ballads--"Footprints in the Sand", for example--are so bland even Whitney and Mariah would wince. Still, there’s no doubt Lewis is a real talent. Perhaps if she ditches the overpaid ‘superstar’ producers next time and makes the album she wants to make, we might finally hear some of her real ‘spirit’. --Danny McKenna

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Montgomery on 11 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you are tempted to buy this based on the heading [Bonus Tracks] I would watch out. The UK album has 14 tracks listed and this has 13.

The UK album has the tracks listed above except tracks 5. Forgive Me and 6. Misses Glass instead of these the UK album has Homeless (UK track 3) and The Best You Never Had (UK track 11) and A Moment Like This - UK Bonus Track
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90 of 109 people found the following review helpful By A. Spencer on 9 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
Leona Lewis has been away for a year working on her debut album and to sum it up: it was definitely worth the wait! There is a fantastic variety of songs on Spirit, with a nice mixture of styles merged together. Here is a track by track breakdown:

1. Bleeding Love - Amazing comeback single! Seems like the whole of the UK is loving this one. It's had so much success and deserves it! Fantastic song, very catchy, great production and vocals from Leona! 10/10

2. Whatever It Takes - One of my favourites on the album. I love the soul/gospel sound and it's also really catchy. Definitely a possible single, nice feel-good song. 9.5/10

3. Homeless - Very emotional song, Leona's vocals are just perfect and the song is great. I love the subtle sound effects of rain at the beginning and end. The music really helps with the emotion of the song. 9/10

4. Better In Time - One of the stand-out tracks! Very catchy melody and chorus, love the use of piano and strings. My only criticism would be a longer final chorus with a bit more oomph and don't fade out at the end some amazing vocals. 9.5/10

5. Yesterday - Another one of my favourites. Takes a few listens to fully appreciate it I think. I find myself listening to this song a lot, great vocals once again and I like the old-school beat. 9.5/10

6. Take A Bow - Another of the stand-out tracks and DEFINITELY has to be a single. This will be a smash-hit I just know. Ryan Tedder produced this and Bleeding Love. He is an absolute genius, simple as. 10/10

7. I Will Be - A song you wouldn't expect on a Leona album! Definitely Avril-esque. Nice to see her delve into the pop-rock genre a bit. I'd like to see a few similar songs on her next album. 8/10

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LIMITEDS COM on 31 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
Really fantastic first album, and as Shayne has said, Leona can be extremely proud that she came from the X Factor - what difference does it make if you come out of nowhere or from a show where the public can vote for the best of the audionees? Plenty of jealous "reviewers" out there, clearly.

Leona will go from strength to strength and all power to her! Happy New Year!
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When I first heard leona on the x factor, I thought she had an amazing voice. This album includes the no1 single "bleeding love", which is an amazing song and one of the best tracks on the album. There are another 3 really good songs on this album including "better in time", "footprints in the sand" and "take a bow". However, the remainder of the album is full of ballads and mid-tempo songs which arent that memorable and are often a tad boring. I hope with her next album she will experiment a bit more and try to come up with something a bit more creative rather than an album which might be compared to an earlier Mariah Carey release.
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By Muyak on 9 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
I reluctantly bought this CD. Although not overly impressed with the lead single 'Bleeding Love', it grew on me after repeated listening on the radio. There has never been any question about the quality of the voice, but the overall choice of songs could have been much more potent. Having said that, there is a track on the albumen that sums up Leona Lewis. 'Homeless' is the stand out track here: a singer's song and in my opinion, one that should have been the first single. Whitney Houston would have killed for a song like this. It certainly showcases Leona's voice and shows that, given the right material, this girl can sing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Shakespeare on 12 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
Like many others I've been waiting for this release for a long time...

Considering it's been a year in the making we were all probably expecting a masterpiece. Leona's been working with some of the best record producers and musicians during this time and to me this release is too 'samey'... all the tracks sound too much of the same recording balance - same overall levels - same microphone balance / same band/orchestra/same backing vocalists.

This CD should have been a variety of different recordings and studios - to show off the many aspects of this girls beautiful voice. Some small group stuff, with a close mic - Some orchestral with strings - so much more could have been achieved in this length of time.

Some good memorable 'riffs' and 'licks' from those 'seemingly only half awake' musicians in the studio to give the girl something to relate to would have sparked the music up a bit....

Most of the backing sounds so 'synthetic' and 'computerised' that it sounds like Leona was simply locked in a vocal recording cubicle and just sang over the backing tracks without any interaction with her fellow musicians.

Put her on stage with 'real' live musicians and a live appreciative audience and I bet this girl will be in a completely different league... she comes to life. On this recording even her voice sounds a bit lacklustre and somewhat boring - she's not putting her REAL soul into it - she's just pleasing the studio technicians - not herself.....Leona - you must know you can do better than this !

Listen to that superb voice and you can hear the feeling and emotion trying to get out - but its just not coming across as it should on this recording.
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