Friday, November 9, 2012

REVIEW - Leona Lewis - Glassheart


Leona Lewis has had some unfortunate set-backs with her upcoming album Glassheart. Originally due out over a year ago, what started out as an LP, became a full album and thankfully the wait has paid off. Lewis has delivered yet another vocally flawless album with blends of classic vocal legends with a mix of dub step/pop to keep up with the current trend of pop music at the moment.

Lewis's last album "Echo" really sold her as an artist to me personally, the whole album was beautifully written with soaring ballads and dance infused pop songs that are still high on replay today, so the anticipation for Glassheart was quite high. Thankfully Lewis has delivered a worthy successor and this is one of the best albums of 2012.

There are some pretty epic producers on this album from Ryan Tedder, Darkchild, Josh Abrahams, Naughty Boy, Ammo and Jail Beats. They have all worked together to produce some of the best work Lewis has done to date, giving her musical direction a clear and steady voice for future projects.

Trouble - the second single from the album and featuring rapper Childish Gambino (Troy from Community) the dark and mid-tempo ballad is one of the slowest on the album. This shouldn't have been a single, except for the international appeal.

Un-Love Me - this song is annoyingly catchy as once it is in your head, it is hard to get out and you will find  yourself belting out the chorus for days on end. The desperate tone of pleading a lover to declare no more love is hauntingly beautiful and this is the kind of song that suits Lewis down to the ground.

Lovebird - The Josh Abrahams track is yet another catchy break up song, but completely different from Un-Love Me. The chirpy (ha!) and uptempo ballad soars Lewis to new heights.

Fireflies - the third single, released in time for christmas, is one of my favourite tracks on this album. Beautifully sung verses supported by a full choir choruses, this song will get your blood and diva bones pumping and is one of the best songs Lewis has ever recorded.

I To You - this is probably my least favourite song on the album, it's mid-tempo and a little strange, the song kind of feels like it doesn't know what it wants to be. The lyrics are engaging but doesn't have a great enough beat or melody to maintain my interest.

Shake You Up - Darkchild comes in full force to bring the album to a bit more of a dance vibe (as the title so aptly suggests!)

Stop The Clocks - another contender for favourite song, this is one of the first promo songs I heard from the album and it definitely shows Lewis has a clear direction for her music, and this song is a great representation of that.

Favourite Scar - Ryan Tedder, who regularly works with Lewis produces and co-writes with Lewis for this track. This is very anthemic and another catchy tune that you will be singing for days.

Glassheart - title track, a lot of expectations, definitely met! This song should be pumping in clubs and cars, this is one of the hottest dance tracks any artist has released this year and hopefully will see the single treatment.

Overall we had quite a wait for Glassheart, and thankfully it was worth the wait! Lewis and producers have come together to fuse the best of her vocals, with a mix of influences to create something unique, special and a must listen for 2012.

Glassheart is available in stores and on I-Tunes now.

Review by Alaisdair Dewar

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