11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2009
I have the original album, but decided to buy this newer version for the bonus tracks and the DVD. I loved the track 'Run' so thought it was worth buying this album just for that track alone. I also thought the sound quality may have been touched up.
The good news is the bonus tracks are brilliant even though there are only 3 and the DVD is also very nice addition two.
The bad news is compared to the original album the sound seems flatter. You wouldn't notice it unless you compare the albums straight after each other. The vocals on the original sound clearer and more vibrant in my opinion. The difference isn't massive, but I can tell a change.
So really, apart from the disappointing sound quality, this album is worth the extra dosh for the bonus tracks and DVD.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2010
Leona Lewis stormed onto the music world back in 2006 with her Christmas number 1 'A Moment Like This'. Then about 11 months later she continued an actual CAREER (something only achieved by xfactor singers Will Young, Alex Burke, JLS and Leona) with 'Bleeding Love', coming straight in at number 1. Then she nicked snow patrols lyrics and released 'Run' which again got to number one. Plus, the album topped the billboard 200. That's quite hard to do.
This is enough (probably not but i don't want to write any more) to show you that i like the album and that leona is exteremly popular with everyone else. I will conclude by scoring her songs as it seem everyone else has (out of 10);
1. Bleeding Love 10
2. Whatever It Takes 8
3. Homeless 9
4. Better In Time 9
5. Yesterday 9
6. Take A Bow 8
7. I Will Be 8
8. Angel 9
9. Here I Am 7
10. I'm You 9
11. The Best You Never Had 10
12. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 9
13. Footprints In The Sand 10
14. A Moment Like This 10
15. Forgive Me 9
16. Misses Glass 9
17. Run 11
I'm the sort of bloke who regularly does ridiculous things - as a result of which I frequently feel like kicking myself.
In the matter of letting my deep-seated aversion to Simon Cowell stand between me and the, quite phenomenally, lovely Leona Lewis all these years however, I am tempted to invite everyone in my street to take a good swing at me.
My street, incidentally, is but a couple of streets away from Hopefield Animal Sanctuary. It's a very noble little enterprise that rescues horribly abused animals and for which the gorgeous Ms Lewis, as one of its patrons, does so many good things: none of which I was fully aware of until recently, when I finally managed to drag my fat carcass down there to have a look-see. The shame I felt for having never visited it before paled into insignificance once I realised that - although I immediately loved her, unconditionally, for having personally shelled out for some snazzy (and desperately needed) new stables - I had absolutely no idea who Leona Lewis was. So, I sent for this CD and DVD collection.
What a pity I didn't send for anything I could use for self-flagellation purposes too because, although I have only experienced this product for about a week, I just want someone (ANYONE!?) to lump me one for being such a total doofus these past nine years!
My goodness me - this woman blows me away. Have I been in a coma or something since 2006?!
I'm going to sound like I'm either drunk or souped up on something questionable in this review, I just know it. I'm not though: I promise you, I'm not.
It's Leona Lewis - she's done something to me.
This is a weird review for me to write since anyone reading it will almost certainly have a greater appreciation of Leona Lewis than I have. Given the speed at which televisual signals are able to traverse the solar system, there are probably aliens several light years away with a greater appreciation of Leona Lewis than I have. That's going to change though. Oh yes. She won't find it easy to shake me off now!
In just a week, 'A Moment Like This' has become my head's favourite tune. I simply can't shake it off! It's the tune I tap my fingers to in the car, the song I wave my loofah to in the bath and it's the tune I chop my veg to while I'm preparing my vegetarian dinner (that's right - in just a week, she's turned me vegetarian too. Well, her and most of the inhabitants of Hopefield). It's so catchy that I even tap my toes to it, from memory, while I'm whittling down my loo rolls (don't blame me - blame the vegetables...).
The lyrics to that song are tough to dwell upon though, given that the moment I myself waited 'a lifetime for' has, almost certainly, been long ago left behind in my rear-view mirror. But the power of that music - especially in association with the video here - is hard to shake off. My heavens, if I hadn't let Simon Cowell and those ridiculous trousers of his scare me away in 2006, I might even now still be married to the woman who, undoubtedly, gave me my 'moment'.
Or maybe not... since I think my 'moment' came a little too quickly for her, her own 'moment' having to be helped along with the aid of something battery-powered ten minutes later. I can't help thinking though that the discussion that would've arisen though repeated airings of this song would - for good or evil - have kept the whole subject matrimonially alive. If only on life-support.
I won't bore you with the details of how marvellous a singer Ms Lewis is. You'll already know that. Unlike me, you haven't been living in a cave for nine years. You'll already know how photogenic she is in her videos too. No doubt you will agree with me too that she has, without question, the most beautiful eyes the world has ever seen.
Ah - but she is not COMPLETELY wonderful though. Or, rather, her songs are not all completely wonderful. I speak, of course, of 'Bleeding Love'. I'm afraid I would have to be threatened with violence before I could ever recommend that song to anyone else. Leona sings it beautifully and the videos (particularly the New York one) do her more than adequate justice... but, all the same, it sounds to me the way I thought only my hangover might sound to me. The fact that, by listening to this, everyone can share in my headache is no great consolation. The bassline (or whatever the fancy term for it is) of 'Bleeding Love' is bleeding awful. End of story.
I'm actually quite glad that it is though - because otherwise this review would be so incredibly one-sided that it would postively reek of insincerity.
I think I'm done here. Someone like Leona Lewis doesn't need an insignificant little nobody like me to speak for her in order to sell more albums. She's a talented, mesmerising and eminently worthy recording artist. And yet, she is so much more.
I would personally like to thank everyone who voted for this amazing woman, back in 2006. I would, undoubtedly, have rung up a four figure telephone bill on her behalf, just on my own. If I hadn't been... where the hell exactly WAS I?!!
Yes, you enabled a gorgeous woman to live her 'moment', hopefully over and over again.
But, as a result of that, you have helped her promote an extremely worthy cause here in my home town. And, as a minor aside, you've given me the kick up the backside I needed to contribute something worthwhile to the community myself.
Now, if we could only encourage Simon Cowell to rig up some some sort of mud-wrestling face-off between Ms Lewis and our local MP Sir Eric Pickles...
Good grief - Hopefield would never want for money again!
I am so glad that I put off buying this album - I can understand why some people would feel miffed about buying an album only for a deluxe version to be released months later. Part of the reason why I put off buying it for so long was that, because she won X Factor, I thought she would be a one trick pony. How wrong I was! To my recollection, Leona is the only winner of X Factor to actually stand the test of time and get beyong the inevitable Christmas number one.
This is a stunning album. It shows that she has true talent and deserves to be where she is. Personally, for me, the song which made me reach into my pocket and part with my hard-earned cash was the brilliant cover of "Run". Then I had to swallow my pride and admit that they really had found someone with talent.
Seeing that she has a new album coming out in October of this year, I am greatly looking forward to what her second studio album will bring. Because, as good as SPIRIT may be, I am eager to hear what else she has to offer.