20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album
'Right Now' is Leon Jackson's debut album and it is very impressive. It's hard to believe that such a rich and mature-sounding vocal can come from a 19-year-old lad.
There's a good mix of jazz, soul and pop. Leon's vocal shines in each of the genres. 'Stargazing' (my favourite), 'Fingerprints' and 'Ordinary Days' are gentle pop songs, with an abundance of...
Published on 9 Dec 2008 by Fizzy Cola Bottle
3.0 out of 5 stars cd
What ever happened to him, where did he go?
The album is OK - nothjing out of this world but good enough for the record company to stick with him.
Published on 6 Aug 2010 by Steve Bevers
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album,
This review is from: Right Now (Audio CD)'Right Now' is Leon Jackson's debut album and it is very impressive. It's hard to believe that such a rich and mature-sounding vocal can come from a 19-year-old lad.
There's a good mix of jazz, soul and pop. Leon's vocal shines in each of the genres. 'Stargazing' (my favourite), 'Fingerprints' and 'Ordinary Days' are gentle pop songs, with an abundance of acoustic guitar and piano. 'Stargazing' is the stand-out of the three, in my opinion. The soaring chorus and key change near the end of the song give me goosebumps. A truly beautiful song, coupled with Leon's warm and emotive vocal.
'Could Do Better' is one of the stand-outs from the 'BIG' songs. It would make a fabulous theme tune for the next Bond movie!
'Creative' is due to be released as the next UK single soon. It is upbeat and insanely catchy... and gets stuck in your head after only one or two listens. Leon's vocal is rich and jazzy, and the song itself has a distinct Samba feel to it. Kind of like a Samba-ish, but jazzy Ricky Martin! This song will have you up and dancing every time you listen to it!
Moving on to song No.12 - 'Caledonia'. This is the best version I've ever heard of this song. Leon is proud of his Scottish heritage, and it really shows in his heartfelt and emotional vocal.
I could write so much more, but it would end up as a huge essay! These songs are all just so good. The combination of such good songs and Leon's superb warm and rich voice, makes this album exceptionally excellent! Time was spent on recording this album and it shows. It oozes class.
Five stars for the album
an extra five stars for the singer! The future is looking bright for this young Scottish lad. Apparently, there is already interest outside of the UK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good,
This review is from: Right Now (Audio CD)Very catchy, worth listening to at least once. I play it in my car all the time and all my family and friends sing along. There is nothing wrong with the music itself and apparently Leon did not get another record deal because he couldn't quite cut it during the live shows. He has a nice blues/jazz sound with is nice to listen to all the time and his CD is a mixture of both slow and up-beat songs. It is worth buying.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Wonderful Suprise,
This review is from: Right Now (Audio CD)After the good but not great first single of Dont Call This Love I was wondering what to expect from the debut album from young Leon Jackson. A totally different singer to the previous winner of X Factor, Leona Lewis, but just as impressive and distinctive vocally, Leon has more in common with the great rat pack artists of yesteryear and for an untrained 19 year-old it is all the more impressive that he has recorded a first album of such distinction, maturity and perfect vocals. It is like a different person takes over when he sings from the shy, nervous youngster so unsure of himself when placed in front of an audience. Songs like the anthemic Stargazing written by Alan Chung, more usually to be found writing for Michael Buble', are immediately engraved in people's heads with the wonderful words and music so rare in many of today's songs. Coldplay would have sold their souls for this song. Then there is All In Good Time - a catchy singalong song which again seems like one of the old school classics but is in fact a brand new song written by Peter Gordeno who has had a hand in a number of the new songs on this debut album including the Jewel in the Crown of Creative, a fantastic ratpack style uptempo song lent a modern edge with a female backing that literally wont leave your head. Why this was never chosen as the first single from the album I will never know. A big mistake in my opinion. The song Could Do Better wouldnt look out of place on a George Michael album tinged with lush vocals and a jazzy score.Ordinary Days is another very good song though suffers in comparison to the three classic songs of Creative, Stargazing and All In Good Time. The covers are all excellent though special mentiom must go to You Dont Know Me and A Song For You which sound like someone singing who has perfected his craft after being in the business for years.
A fantastic debut album that sounds like nothing you would expect of someone who has won a television reality show. Give it a go - you will be very glad that you did.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Deserved 5 Stars,
This review is from: Right Now (Audio CD)Right Now
I almost cancelled my order for this CD. Two good singles yes, but with the very public lack of support from Simon Cowell from the very beginning I doubted that he'd have given Leon the backing necessary to make the
album that he deserved. Luckily for me I left it too late to cancel it!
This album is excellent and leaves the much hyped, highly successful but ultimately dissapointing, debut album by Leona Lewis in the shade. If only Leon had been given a fraction of the promotional support that Leona enjoyed, his had, and still has, the potential to win an army of fans all over the world. If not already a fan, don't let Leon's age lead you to pre-judge his music. Listen to this album and you'll find it appeals to all ages and deserves to get serious airtime on Radio 1 and 2 and the FM and 'grown up' variations of every major radio station in the UK.
'Don't call this love' was a good choice of first single, 'Creative' is a great song that has a latin tempo. Now if only Leon did a Spanish version he'd take those parts of the world by storm! 'Stargazing' is a fantastic song well sung. This should be the next single and with the push it deserves it could be huge. 'All in good time' and 'Right Now' sound like 'crooner' classics. The arrangements are BIG and Leon delivers. "You don't know me' and track 8,'A Song For You', are the inevitable tributes to previous interpretations of these songs by his idol Michael Buble. 'Ordinary Days' slots in between these two. It was written for him by John Reid, the man previously associated with Elton John; could have been sung by Sinatra and is, for me, another classic. 'Fingerprints', a potential hit single, is a quality song. Although not as strong as 'Stargazing', it's very catchy. The final two tracks are 'Misty Blue', which is good but not great, and his version of 'Caledonia', which is another with a big string arrangement and very good. The bonus track, the No. 1 hit 'When You Believe', needs no comment.
Mr Cowell, do yourself a favour and give Leon the push he deserves. You've allowed him to make a great album of fabulous, mature, music and with support he can be a major artist selling millions of albums for decades to come.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Leon !,
This review is from: Right Now (Audio CD)I am delighted that someone so young is dedicated to developing this genre of music - I love this album and his performances on television are going from strength to strength (particularly loved his Children in Need performance). I also find it exciting that Leon has accumulated an ever increasing number of younger fans who are now listening to and appreciating 'real' music.
I find it bizarre however that he is frequently compared to Leona and Rhydian on various websites and forums. I would never consider comparing for example Il Divo with Take That or Katherine Jenkins with Beyonce - so why make comparisons of former X factor contestants who obviously perform such different musical genres ???
Anyway - loved the album so much that I booked tickets for his concert and I am really looking forward to hearing the dulcet tones of Mr Jackson live.
I wish him the very best of luck with his future career in music .
p.s. dont be influenced by 'Rockinrock's' review - he is a Rhydian fan who is deliberately low scoring Leon's album - I would be very surprised if he has even listened to it- what a sad way to pass time ????
4.0 out of 5 stars Best voice in the world!,
This review is from: Right Now (MP3 Download)Leon's voice is amazing! I love Sinatra, but Leon's voice is better by far. Unfortunately, the wrong people got hold of him and didn't make him cool. This album is so old fashioned, but I still bought it, for the voice x
4.0 out of 5 stars Right Now,
This review is from: Right Now (Audio CD)Leon has a really good voice and I am pleased with the variety of songs on this album. His version of 'You Don't Know Me', is a particular favourite of mine. 'A Song For You' is a fairly slow and emotional song with Leon pushing out his voice at certain moments, whilst 'All In Good Time', is of a similar ilk with more of an 'upbeat' feel to it whilst still remaining casual in its tempo. Overall, I highly recommend this album.
4.0 out of 5 stars good singer,
This review is from: Right Now (Audio CD)I was pleased with the cd, however the cd cover was scratched due to the fact there was no plastic film protective cover (cellaphane) on it, shame. Apart from that the cd was very good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!.....,
This review is from: Right Now (Audio CD)This first album of Leon Jackson's still remains one of my favourites even today!
I've been waiting ever since for him and his distinctive voice, to make another.
Simon Cowell should have looked after him better than he did, because he has so much potential.
But then, perhaps Leon's personality doesn't lend itself to the big time.....and let's face it, Simon is only willing to back big money-making artists.
Seems such a waste for those of us that appreciate him.
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT ALBUM,
This review is from: Right Now (Audio CD)I bought this album, I think it's good. I bought a few to give as xmas and birhtday pressies. Everyone who received the album were really dilighted with it. My niece had pic's of him everywhere.
I think this wee lad is a good singer, unfortunately his record didn't give him a chance. I hope and prey another company pick him up. Go on Leon, don't give up.
There is a lot of you fans out there!
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