Throughout music history, the United Kingdom has been one of the primary producers of many of the most successful and talented artists of all time – The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Spice Girls, and, more recently, musicians such as Natasha Bedingfield and Mika. Enter Leona Lewis,
Back in the day before Mariah Carey discovered hip hop collaborations and still actually sang (a skill she clearly no longer utilizes judging by her current single “Touch My Body” and pitiful new album “E=Mc2”) she was a remarkable talent. Remember her early hits such as “Always Be My Baby” or “Emotions”? It is songs such as these that could very easily have been from the same recording session as Lewis’ debut album “Spirit,” the fastest selling British debut of all time, which was released this side of the pond on April 8th. Everything from the trademark soaring vocals to the R&B infused pop sound make up this exquisite album. Lewis doesn’t even pretend to deny the inspiration, as the photo on her album cover is practically a replica of the cover of Carey’s self-titled 1990 debut. Perhaps the similarities and successful path Mariah took was the premise for the decision of music giants Clive Davis and Simon Cowell to team up for the very first time to work on the creation of “Spirit.”
Lewis’ lead single, “Bleeding Love,” the
As quickly as “Bleeding Love” took off, so will many other tracks on the record. Songs such as “Better In Time,” “Take A Bow,” “Forgive Me”, and “Angel” are all guaranteed hits, with the words “radio smash” written all over them. In fact, it is hard to believe that “Spirit” is Leona’s first record, as it sounds like it could very easily be a greatest hits album rather than a debut. Seriously, I’m not kidding, the songs are that good.
One of the standout tracks on the record is “Misses Glass,” one of two newly recorded songs exclusively for the
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