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Another Leona Lewis album, another epic disappointment,
This review is from: Glassheart (Audio CD)
Another Leona Lewis album, another epic disappointment.
There is no denying from day one on the X Factor, Leona Lewis stood out with those amazing pipes of hers. There was always something captivating about how emotionally connected she made you feel to the lyrics of whatever she was singing. Her voice just seemed to connect with raw emotion .
And since her recording career has started, there have been a few epic successes- Bleeding Love, Run most notably.
But this is album three now, and there is something very wrong with where her career is going and has been since Spirit. That album and her career internationally was propelled by Bleeding Love and how fantastic that song was. That album was saved and given an extra breath of life with the repackage and cover of Run included. Run was spine-tingling.
But the whole Echo album was a dismal foray into dance pop in an unconvincing manner. And here is Glassheart repeating the same mistakes..
I don't know who is to blame, I suspect Leona wants to try to be edgy and current and the label want her to do safe cover songs or ballads... this album was delayed after the flop that was Collide. She should have taken heed and chucked stuff like Glassheart and Shake You Up. It doesn't work, People don't want her doing dance pop, she cant pull it off convincingly, she should stick to more live instrument based music and , dare I say, yes, ballads. They are her strength. Give her a good ballad, and she makes you feel every word.
This album is another mish-mash of poorly conceived and executed below-par pop songs and lifeless ballads.
Her label need to chuck the dance songs, and find her better writing partners and search out better songs for her. Maybe she wants to write her own stuff, but by now, the evidence is clear, she isn't really a writer. She is a damn good singer. Look at Celine Dion, she knew she wasn't a writer and still built a prolific career. She had the best song writers giving her their best songs. This is what Leona needs. Proper A &R taking a hands on approach and helping her shape a more cohesive album- this is the only way to save her career.
This album has flopped spectacularly and it is easy to know why- people don't want the music she is peddling. Everything is so wishy-washy- her forays into dance-pop are here , and were on Echo, totally unconvincing and bland. She doesn't excite when she does this sort of stuff. And she needs better ballads so her vocal talent shines through
Fireflies is the one good song on the album and even that isn't really anything mind blowing
I don't know, she seemed to have it all to play for when she won the X Factor and seemed genuinely to be different to the rest of the talent show winners before her and since, but when she keeps delivering substandard albums, she won't be around for much longer. Sad but true
There isn't a hit song amongst this album, and there-in lies Leona's problem. She needs better material and quickly......